Service Learning Program

Goal III of Sacred Heart education states the commitment of the school to educate students to "a social awareness which impels to action."

In order to implement this Goal and its related Criteria, Villa Duchesne students grades 7-12 participate in the Service Learning Program. Students are given an opportunity for off campus experiential learning that develops students' understanding of their society, enables them to participate in an active contribution to their world, and enhances their skills in responsibility, initiative, communication, and team work.

All of the freshmen work with young children. The sophomores and juniors tutor and facilitate enrichment programs at food banks, schools for disabled students, work on environmental projects, and assist agencies that serve people in poverty. Seniors do an independent service project, for forty hours, related to a social justice issue.

Students have structured reflection time in advisory or discussion groups and do journaling about their service work. There is also frequent informal discussion regarding their work. The upper school faculty accompany students during the Service Learning Program and many work along side students at their sites. Our program is developmental in nature. The combination of service learning and the junior level social justice class helps our students internalize Goal III as they prepare for senior year and life "after Villa."

"When I came to visit everything felt more 'homey' than the other school I visited. I liked that. I felt like I was accepted."

~ Villa Duchesne Student

  • 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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