Welcome to Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. You will discover that our Sacred Heart tradition is rooted in a vibrant Catholic school community. Madeleine Sophie Barat, who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1800, envisioned a transformational education. Her vision was realized in the United States when Rose Philippine Duchesne arrived in Missouri in 1818. Villa Duchesne was founded for young women in 1929 in honor of this religious pioneer, with Oak Hill opening in 1973 for boys and girls.
The five Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education are the foundation of our mission. Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to:
- Goal I: a personal and active faith in God
- Goal II: a deep respect for intellectual values
- Goal III: a social awareness which impels to action
- Goal IV: the building of community as a Christian value
- Goal V: personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom
We are committed to Saint Madeleine Sophie’s vision for education, linked with more than one hundred schools around the world. You will find Sacred Heart schools in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Egypt, England & Wales, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Taiwan, Uganda, and the United States.
We invite you to explore our website and learn more about us.