Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart (Nebraska)
|Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart|
|3601 Burt Street
Omaha, Nebraska, (Douglas County), 68131-1945
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Head of school||Sheila Haggas|
|Color(s)||Red, White and Black|
|Athletics conference||River Cities|
|Accreditation(s)||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Dean of Students||Martha Heck|
|Athletic Director||Herb Kupfer|
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, located at 3601 Burt Street in the Midtown area of Omaha, Nebraska is an Catholic, college-preparatory high school for girls run by the Religious of the Sacred Heart. The institution previously included a college which was operated from 1908-1968, today Duchesne is home to the high school and a co-ed preschool. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha.
Duchesne Academy was established in Omaha in 1881 and is named in honor of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, one of the first women to join the Society of the Sacred Heart. St. Rose Philippine came to the United States from France in the early 19th century and established the first Sacred Heart school in St. Charles, Missouri. Duchesne is one of 24 schools in the Sacred Heart Network in the United States.
Duchesne prides itself on academic excellence, commitment to Jesus Christ, personal growth, and social responsibility. Duchesne centers its philosophy around five Sacred Heart Goals: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness which impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. These are values emphasized by Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
Duchesne is also known as one of the most academically enriching college preparatory high school for girls in Omaha. It has small classes around 75 in each class (for a total of 300 in the whole school) due to the selectivity of this school.
As the Sacred Heart Network is grounded in history and ceremony, Duchesne celebrates numerous traditions that are common to all Sacred Heart schools. Each grade has its particular celebration. Freshmen hold a Teacher Recognition Ceremony, while sophomores celebrate Mater, where they recognize women who are models of the Virgin Mary in their lives. During Ring Ceremony, the senior class bestows class rings upon the juniors as a symbolic transfer of school leadership. Of course, in May the seniors graduate at a beautiful ceremony at Saint Cecilia's Cathedral. Additionally, at the end of the year, Prize Day and Honors Day recognize students for academic excellence and leadership, extracurricular activities, athletic accomplishments, and other non-academic awards, respectively.
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.[dead link]
- Duchesne Academy. "Duchesne Academy-Who We Are". Retrieved 2007-05-10.
- SOFIE.org: Network of Sacred Heart Schools website
- Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart website
- Duchesne Preschool website