Academics at St. Ursula School


     Scripture, sacraments, church and morality

     Character development

     Daily prayer and weekly participation in liturgy

Reading & Literature

     Reading Comprehension, Phonics, Literature

     Speaking, Writing, Listening


     Algebraic thinking

     Number sense and operations

     Measurement and geometry

     Data analysis and probability

     Individualized computer math program

Social Studies



     United States & Pennsylvania history

     U.S. Colonization

     World History

     U.S. History to Civil War

     U.S. History from Civil War to present



     Life Science: Origins of Life, Human Body, Plant Life, Animal Life

     Earth Science: Weather, Air, Water, Rocks and Soil

     Physical Science: Matter and Energy

     Space Science

Foreign Language

     Grade 2, 3, 4 - Spanish with teacher instruction

     Grade 5 & 6 - Languages Around the World

     Grade 7 & 8 - Spanish with teacher

Art, music, computer, library

Physical education & health

Guidance program (Act 89)

Remedial reading and math (Act 89)

Speech and Language (Act 89)

St. Ursula School receives Middle State Accreditation - April 2011

The Middle States Commissions of Elementary and Secondary Schools are pleased to announce that St. Ursula School has been awarded accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The award was announced by Dr. Thomas L. Seidenberger, Chair of the Commission on Elementary Schools and Superintendent of the East Penn School District (Emmaus, PA) following the Commissions’ April 2011 meeting. St. Ursula School was one of approximately 200 schools so honored by the two Commissions.

MSCESS accreditation signifies the education community of St. Ursula School has engaged in a rigorous process of developing self-knowledge, has hosted an evaluation team of independently- appointed educators: and has created an on-going Strategic Plan to move school improvement forward. This 12 month process was governed by a Steering Committee. The process involved many elements of the St. Ursula School community, including faculty, parents and students.

Accreditation also signifies that St. Ursula School has met the Middle States Standards for a quality school. These Standards reflect


current research and best practices from throughout the education profession. During the term of accreditation the school community will engage in a Commission-directed sense of reports and/or site visits to maintain the rigor of the accreditation process.

MSCESS, which works with public and private schools from New York State to the District of Columbia, in the US Caribbean, and in various locations around the globe represents two of the three accrediting Commissions of the over 100 year old Middle States Association. The Middle State Association is the second-oldest regional acreditor in the United States and is comprised of the Commission on Elementary Schools, the Commission on Secondary Schools and the Commission on higher education.

Accreditation by MSCESS is recognized around the world as an indication of trustworthiness, educational quality and a commitment to on-going school improvement. Henry G. Cram, Jr. Ed.D, President of MSCESS, offered his congratulations to the entire St. Ursula School Community adding: “Middle States Accreditation is a recognition of both prior achievements and is a commitment to greater future accomplishments.”


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