Ursuline High School Embarks on 5-Year Plan

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Buoyed by an increase in enrollment, a growing endowment, the addition of new academic programs, and an ambitious five-year strategic plan, Ursuline High School is poised to further its goal of providing a rigorous and rewarding Catholic education to students in the Mahoning Valley, says Carolyn Korenic, director of alumni and advancement.

With 520 students, Ursuline is the largest high school in the six-county Diocese of Youngstown, Korenic says.

In 2023, the school increased its endowment fund to $8.3 million, which has helped to fund 128 scholarships, including six new scholarships during the 2022-2023 academic year.

In May 2023, Ursuline students achieved 100% pass rates on the Advanced Placement 2D art, chemistry, English literature, psychology, research, and seminar exams, Korenic says, adding that students attained an overall 84% pass rate on all AP tests – exceeding the 61% global pass rate.

Student Lexi Teutsch was awarded the National Merit Commended Scholar by scoring in the top 3% of all test takers – approximately 1.5 million students – on the 2023 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, or PSAT, Korenic says.

Two courses were added to the curriculum for the 2023-24 school year:  astronomy and Advanced Placement pre-calculus.

And the school invested $300,000 in building renovations and security upgrades in 2023.

In the fall, the school rolled out its ambitious five-year strategic plan, of which the centerpiece is a $10 million arts and athletics auxiliary building to be constructed near the Bryson Street entrance in Youngstown.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.