Sustain the Mission

Woven into the tapestry of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School are many meaningful traditions. Like the young men and women who have walked these halls before them, our students look forward to goûter on special days, prepare Christmas Baskets for those in need, and anxiously await surprise congé. Philanthropic support has a long history at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School.

Mission partners like you have sustained the legacy of our Sacred Heart education. Together, we’ve built a community founded upon strong traditions and a commitment to innovation. With your support, we can continue our mission.

Give from the Heart Today!

Sustain the mission of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School by supporting the following:

Honoring our Legacy

Honoring our Legacy

Founded in 1929, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School has been at the forefront of educational excellence, and we pride ourselves on empowering young women and men to be successful leaders in the world today. Our 60-plus acre campus is holy ground, steeped in the Catholic faith. Ours is a legacy of authentic scholarship, deep learning, active engagement with the community, and an entrepreneurial spirit coupled with a moral compass that empowers much good in the world.

Today, we carry on that proud tradition, offering a worldview based on the Scriptures and the noble tradition of the Church. To ensure our Sacred Heart education and sustainability for years to come, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is embarking upon the Honoring our Legacy Endowment and Educational Initiative.


Strategic Vision

Our strategic vision is the collective response to the question, “What is your dream for the school?” It calls us to build long-term sustainability for an educational vision that has transformed the world for more than 200 years. We are committed to:

  • Grow endowment to sustain cutting-edge academics, arts, technology, and athletics
  • Support excellence through management of financial, personnel, and capital resources
  • Seek to earn transformative gifts by broadening philanthropic initiatives
  • Encourage environmental sustainability across our campus and within the community

  • A thriving endowment is the best gift we give our students and is essential to our future. While our endowment is healthy, it is still not adequate to meet the annual needs of our students. It is imperative that we nurture the endowment to ensure that our potential for educating the whole child is never limited by lack of resources. Your gift ensures that our Sacred Heart education is here for generations.

    Gifts of any size may be invested in the unrestricted endowment and allow the most flexibility to meet current needs. To establish a named endowed fund, a minimum gift of $100,000 is required.

    Naming Opportunities

    Rich with history and full of ways to ensure your legacy, the Honoring Our Legacy initiative offers many ways to join this journey. What will your legacy be?

    • 1929 Main Building | Support the preservation of our iconic building. | $5,000,000
    • Performing Arts | Support theatre renovations and performing arts endowment. | $3,000,000
    • Learning Center A, B, or C | Support student learning at the Lower School. | $1,000,000
    • Global Education Center |Support the network exchange program and unrestricted endowment. | $ 500,000
    • Athletics | Support Kenefick Gym renovation and Condie Field concessions and restrooms. | $ 500,000
    • Duchesne Building Playground | Support new playground equipment for the Lower School. | $ 250,000
    • Student Lounges | Support a common space for the Upper School to “build community.” | $ 100,000

    Mater Admirabilis Society

    The Mater Admirabilis Society was established to recognize the members of our Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School family who name the school in their wills, trusts, or other estate plans. Their dedication to our Catholic education in the Sacred Heart tradition is shown through their foresight and planning.

    Members of the Mater Admirabilis Society help to carry on the traditions and values established by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. Their gifts allow the school to plan for our future, sustain the school of today, and celebrate the legacy of those who have come before us. If you have named Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School as a beneficiary in your estate planning, we welcome you to become a member of the Mater Admirabilis Society. By sharing your intentions, you assist the school in making plans for the future and enjoy the recognition of your generosity.

    If you are interested in naming us in your estate plan, the legal name of the school is Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. For more information or to inform us of your planned gift, please complete the form below or contact Debbie Schlattman, Director of Advancement, at 314.810.3589 or


    A strong endowment is the best gift we can give our current and future students. Please help us grow Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School’s endowment fund.

    Investment in the endowment provides the School with the opportunity to support the traditions and foundation on which we are built, while presenting opportunities for continued innovation. To deliver a strong Sacred Heart education and ensure a vibrant future for young people seeking a Catholic education of the highest caliber, we must ensure our endowment is strengthened with the necessary assets to sustain Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. While our endowment continues to grow, adding new resources is an important step.

    Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is one of the best educations available in Saint Louis. Together, we can maintain the strength and viability of an already great school by investing in the future of our children’s education and quality Sacred Heart education in the Saint Louis area.

    For more information or to give a gift, please complete the form below or contact Debbie Schlattman, Director of Advancement, at 314-810-3589 or


    The Madeleine Sophie Barat Memorial and Tribute Scholarship program is for those who want to support students specifically with a gift to scholarships. The program allows you to provide financial support to two students every year. Currently, two Oak Hill students receive this scholarship, one based on Sacred Heart legacy and financial need, the other based solely on financial need.

    When you make your gift please indicate the name of the person being honored and include the name and address of the person to whom the acknowledgement should be sent. Letters will be sent to the donor and honored individual or the family of the deceased acknowledging the gift (amounts are never revealed).

    To make a memorial or tribute gift:

    • Complete the form below and make your gift by credit card, or
    • Mail a check payable to Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School to

    Memorial/Tribute Fund
    Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
    P.O. Box 795010
    Saint Louis, MO 63179-0795

    If you would like to establish a named scholarship, please contact Debbie Schlattman, Director of Advancement, at 314.810.3589 or to learn more.