Our Mission

The principles of Sacred Heart education are as relevant today as they were in post-Revolutionary France. 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 Saint Charles, Missouri in 1818 to establish Sacred Heart education. Villa Duchesne was founded in 1929 in honor of this religious pioneer with Oak Hill founded in 1973.

Mission Statement

Inspired by the vision of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School strives to educate the heart and mind of each child in a nurturing and challenging environment. We are dedicated to educating the whole child and preparing our students for lives of faith in God, integrity, leadership and service to others.

Our mission is to transform the world, one child at a time.

The foundation of our mission and educational philosophy are the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools. These give meaning and purpose to our objectives and unite us through a common thread with other Sacred Heart schools around the world. The strength of Sacred Heart education lies in the building of relationships around our values. Serious in principles, strong in studies and rich in the spirit of love and life, we are a Catholic school which takes great pride in living Saint Madeleine Sophie's vision.


Our school continues to nurture Saint Madeleine Sophie’s vision. We work in partnership with parents, who we believe are the single, most powerful influence in a child’s life. Together, we seek to transform each Child of the Sacred Heart in mind, body, and spirit.

"You keep looking at yourself too closely; there must be more spontaneity, more generosity."

 ~ St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
Foundress of the Society of Sacred Heart

Madeleine Sophie Portrait

  • Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
  • 801 South Spoede Road
  • Saint Louis, MO 63131-2699
  • (P) 314.432.2021
  • (F) 314.432.0199
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