Curriculum

Ursuline Academy offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with additional opportunities for elective course work to support individual growth and development.

Ursuline has also partnered with One Schoolhouse, an online curriculum, to maximize course offerings and minimize scheduling conflicts. These innovative learning models help in our student-centered world of learning.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a diploma from Ursuline Academy, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Obtain the last six credits from Ursuline Academy while enrolled as a full-time student
  • Earn passing grades in all courses or remediate failures
  • Fulfill all community service requirements
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six courses in a given semester
  • Classes of 2021 and 2022 complete the 28 required credits listed below
  • Classes of 2023 and beyond complete the 26 required credits listed below (includes sample four-year course plans)

Required Credits

Classes of 2021 and 2022 Required Credits

Subject Credits
Theology 4
English 4
Math 4

Social Studies 
Must include Early World History, Modern World History, United States History, Macroeconomics, and Government.

4
Science
Must include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and one additional Science course.
4
World Language
Same language in consecutive years beginning with Freshman year.
3
Electives 1.5
Physical Education 1
Fine Arts 1
Computer Science 1
Speech .5
TOTAL 28

Class of 2023 Required Credits

Please note: Starting with the Class of 2023, Graduation Requirements will change. View letter from the Dean of Students Kayla Brown and Dean of Academics Elizabeth Smith discussing these changes. 

Subject Credits
Theology 4
English 4
Math 3

Social Studies 
Must include Early World History, Modern World History, United States History, Macroeconomics, and Government.

3
Science
Must include Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
3
World Language
Same language in consecutive years beginning with Freshman year.

3 or through level 3

Two years must be taken in high school;
freshmen entering at level 3 will also
need to take level 4.

Electives 2
Physical Education 1
Fine Arts 1
Computer Science 1
Life Skills/Speech 

1

0.5 Freshman Year
0.5 Junior Year

TOTAL 26

Class of 2024 and Beyond Required Credits

Please note: Starting with the Class of 2023, Graduation Requirements will change. View letter from the Dean of Students Kayla Brown and Dean of Academics Elizabeth Smith discussing these changes. 

Subject Credits
Theology 4
English 4
Math 3

Social Studies 
Must include World History, United States History, Macroeconomics, and Government.

3
Science
Must include Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
3
World Language
Same language in consecutive years beginning with Freshman year.

3 or through level 3

Two years must be taken in high school;
freshmen entering at level 3 will also
need to take level 4.

Electives 2
Physical Education 1
Fine Arts 1
Computer Science 1
Life Skills

1

0.5 Freshman Year
0.5 Junior Year

TOTAL 26

Honors and AP Courses

Honors Courses

Enrollment in these classes is competitive. Students qualify on the basis of academic performance and potential as indicated by standardized tests as well as faculty recommendations.

English
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies*
World Language

*Social Studies honors courses are not available to Freshmen.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Computer Science
Computer Science A
Computer Science Principles (online)

English
Language and Composition
Literature and Composition

Mathematics
Calculus AB and BC
Calculus BC (online)
Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations (online, post AP level)

Statistics
Statistics
Statistics (online)

Science
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Science (online)
Physics l (online)
Physics C: Mechanics

Social Studies
Comparative Government and Politics (online)
European History
Human Geography (online)
Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics (online)
Microeconomics (online)
Psychology
Psychology (online)
U.S. Government and Politics
U.S. Government and Politics (online)
U.S. History

Visual Arts
Art History (online)
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: 3-D Design
Studio Art: Drawing

World Languages
Chinese Language and Culture (online)
French Language & Culture
Spanish Language & Culture
Spanish Literature & Culture