Science

The science faculty believes that science education is a critical necessity for all young women. Our primary goal is to achieve science literacy through comprehensive classroom activities and laboratory experiences. This literacy requires a knowledge base, familiarity with scientific methods and processes, and the ability to draw conclusions about science, technology, and society. All branches of science are integrated and connected with common skills, themes, and concepts. Math concepts are reinforced and demonstrated as integral parts of scientific study.

We believe that every student can become academically successful in our program. We strive to motivate each student to accept the challenge of doing her best work. As needed, each student receives individualized attention. Knowing that students vary in their auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning styles, we are committed to the use of varied methods of presentation that will support the learning style of each student. All students are involved in hands-on laboratory activities. Computers provide further involvement as laboratory instruments and means of presentation. We use technology to explore science and use science to understand technology.

The science faculty knows that students do not learn and retain information at the same rate. We use a variety of assessment instruments, both academic and experiential, to enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Tests, quizzes, research papers, skilled laboratory activities, and cooperative learning situations are all employed in student assessment.

We encourage professional career development for those students who are interested in science education at the post-secondary level. All students must complete three courses and may elect to complete six courses. Dissections are required lab activities in seventh and eighth grade courses as well as in Biology and Anatomy.

"The one thing I found so unique about Villa was being part of a worldwide network of schools. My daughter participated in the Taiwan Exchange Program. She went to the Sacred Heart school of Taipei, Taiwan. She was there for three weeks and we in turn hosted several students at our home as part of a cultural exchange. We share a lot with other schools around the country and around the world."

~ Villa Duchesne Parent


  • 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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