Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart (Texas)
|Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart|
Educate to a personal and active faith in God.
|10202 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas, (Harris County), 77024
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne|
|Founder||St. Rose Philippine Duchesne|
|Average class size||14|
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Song||"Coeur de Jesus"|
|Mascot||Cha Cha the Charger|
|Accreditation||Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (I.S.A.S.)|
|Average SAT scores||641 Critical Reading
|Average ACT scores||27|
|Head of Upper School||Donald Cramp Ph.D|
|Head of Middle School||Tony Houle|
|Head of Lower School||Ginger Montalbano|
|Academic Dean (Upper School)||Abigail Doheny|
|Dean of Students (Upper School)||Jill Hess|
|Athletic Director||Robert Bagley|
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart (// dew-SHEN) is a combined primary and secondary independent girls' school located at 10202 Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas. It offers a college preparatory education curriculum for girls.
Duchesne, which enrolls girls from pre-Kindergarten to the 12th grade, is part of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Independent School Association of the Southwest.
Duchesne was established in September 1960 as a part of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, with 58 pupils. Since then, the school expanded to its current Pre-K through 12 size. The school is named after Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, co-founder of The Society of the Sacred Heart. As part of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, the school seeks to educate the whole child, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary of Sacred Heart education in the 2010–2011 school year.
The school is divided into three divisions: the Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. Upper school students must complete four years of mathematics, English, history, science, physical education and religion, as well as three year of a foreign language to graduate. Additionally, Upper School students must complete one year of a fine arts and computer intensive course. The school has a laptop program, which begins in Middle School. Duchesne has 678 students enrolled for the 2009–2010 School Year.
Academics and culture
In 1974 the Texas Monthly stated that Duchesne "seems to have an edge in academic standing" compared to Saint Agnes Academy and that "Duchesne is considered by some to be more avant garde than St. Agnes". The magazine stated that students from both schools originated from "mostly business and professional people with money".
- The Regis School of the Sacred Heart – Brother school (Pre-K – 8th Grade)
- St. Thomas High School – Brother school (High School)
- Christianity in Houston
- Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart – Official website
- Network of Sacred Heart Schools – Sacred Heart schools in the United States
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston–Houston
- Catholic Community Forum – St. Rose Philippine Duchesne biography