Personal Development Program
Ursuline’s commitment to educating the whole person is evident through our unique Personal Development program.
The goal is for students to learn about themselves, connect with others and create change in their world.
Through both courses and supplemental activities, the Personal Development program aims to help our students become more confident, articulate and empowered leaders, capable of facing the challenges of adolescence and prepared for the world beyond the walls of Ursuline.
Personal Development courses are described under Academics, Departments & Courses.
Personal Development opportunities include the Peer Leadership and Peer Mediation programs.
The Peer Leadership program is designed to assist the ninth graders with assimilation into high school, while providing a unique leadership learning opportunity for the juniors and seniors serving as Peer Leaders.
Junior Peer Leaders are 11th graders, specially selected through an application process for their leadership qualities. Senior Peer Leaders are students who have completed the program as juniors and have chosen to remain as mentors to assist underclasswomen. Peer Leaders are students of exceptional character, who are trained in group facilitation skills.
Peer Leaders meet with assigned small groups of 9th graders during planned programs and off campus days to discuss topics including adjustment to high school, time management, stress reduction, peer pressure, and problem solving techniques. The peer leaders facilitate activities and discussions that help the 9th graders build relationships and ease the transition into high school. In addition, Peer Leaders are responsible for planning and leading activities of the 9th grade Personal Development Overnight.
The Peer Mediation program began at Ursuline in 1996 and has had a significant influence in creating a school culture of respect and peace.
Peer mediators are a small group of seniors trained in how to hold formal mediation sessions and, throughout the course of the year, given the opportunity to help the underclass students deal with conflict or difficult situations through this process.
Additionally, the peer mediators meet with middle school students to provide them with guidance and support in dealing with transitioning to middle school and navigating friendship conflicts. Peer mediation is a leadership program that meets weekly, one afternoon each week. In addition, the peer mediators study topics related to peace and social justice.
Additionally, in both their middle school and high school years, there are many opportunities for students to create change in the world around them through service and social justice projects.
Through these opportunities, we hope to cultivate confident, socially-conscious and empowered young women who are not merely capable, but inspired to learn, to lead and to serve, long after their time at Ursuline.