Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart (Texas)
|10202 Memorial Drive
Houston, (Harris County), Texas 77024
|Motto||"Wise hearts, sharp minds."|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne|
|Founder||St. Rose Philippine Duchesne|
|Head of School||Patricia Swenson|
|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 (ISAS)|
|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 Underclassmen)||Ginny Crosthwait|
|Academic Dean (Upper School Upperclassmen)||Alaina Scorsone|
|Dean of Students (Upper School)||Jill Hess|
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. A member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, it offers a college preparatory curriculum for girls.
Duchesne was established in September 1960 as a part of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, with 58 high-school pupils. The school is named after Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, the first member of the Society of the Sacred Heart to come to America. The school is part of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.
The campus was built around a large oak tree, in the center of its campus. It became a symbol for the school because the name "Duchesne" is French for "of the oak". The oak tree also represents a notable tradition at Duchesne, graduation. As each senior is called up to receive her diploma, she passes under the oak tree.
On September 17, 2014, the original oak tree fell during a thunderstorm; however, it was over fifty years old and had been weakened after surviving a severe drought. On February 17, 2015, a new oak tree was transported by crane to a location near where the old oak tree previously stood and is currently still standing. The new oak tree allows the graduation tradition to continue for many years to come.
Another fixture of the campus is a two-story white house that stood on the property when it was purchased for the school. It faces the oak tree and houses the RSCJ who live on campus. Some of the school's classes were originally conducted here.
The school is divided into three divisions: the Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. The school has an annual tradition known as Congé - a day where classes are canceled and the Senior class organizes games and activities for the entire school to participate in.
Academics and culture
In 2017, Niche ranked Duchesne among the Best Private High Schools in the Houston metro area.
Upper School Curriculum
Upper school students must complete four years of Mathematics, English, History, Science, Religion, as well as three years of Foreign Language to graduate. As a part of the student's religious studies, freshman and sophomores must complete two service projects each semester, while juniors and seniors do off campus service every Wednesday during school hours. Additionally, Upper School students must have of one fine arts credit and computer credit by the time they graduate. Each student receives a half credit for each fine arts and computer course taken, each year, as well as a half credit for Duchesne's 1:1 laptop program.
Duchesne offers 11 sports for students to participate in throughout the academic year. In the fall, Duchesne offers field hockey, cross country, and volleyball as sports. Soccer, basketball, and swimming are played in the winter season. In the spring, students play tennis, track and field, softball, and lacrosse. Golf is offered year-round, and Swimming occurs during the end of the fall season, all of the winter season, and part of the spring season. Duchesne is affiliated with the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS).
Iron Plaid 3103 is the school's all-girl high school robotics team associated with FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Founded in 2009, the team has won numerous awards, including the Rookie All-Star award and a Finalist award in 2009, the Engineering Inspiration award, Industrial Design award and Industrial Safety award in 2014, the Engineering Inspiration award in 2015 and in 2017. The team has attended championships a total of 4 times.
- Schools of the Sacred Heart - A list of schools that affiliate with the same network as Duchesne Academy
- The Regis School of the Sacred Heart – Brother school (Pre-K – 8th Grade)
- St. Thomas High School – Brother school (High School)
- St. Agnes Academy (Texas) - Private all-girls school (High School)
- Incarnate Word Academy (Houston) - Private all-girls school (High School)
- Christianity in Houston
- The school approximates the French e vowel rather than using the anglicized dew-SHAYN.
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- Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart – Official website