Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart (Texas)

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Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
Educate to a personal and active faith in God.
10202 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas, (Harris County), 77024
United States
Coordinates 29°46′40″N 95°29′08″W / 29.77778°N 95.48556°W / 29.77778; -95.48556Coordinates: 29°46′40″N 95°29′08″W / 29.77778°N 95.48556°W / 29.77778; -95.48556
Type Private, Girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
Established 1960
Founder St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Principal Donald Cramp
Headmistress Patricia Swenson
Faculty 85
Grades PK12
Gender Girls
Enrollment 671 (2015)
Average class size 14
Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Song "Coeur de Jesus"
Athletics 15 Sports
Mascot Cha Cha the Charger
Team name Chargers
Accreditation Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (I.S.A.S.)
Average SAT scores 641 Critical Reading
645 Writing
598 Mathematics
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 (/djˈʃɛn/ dew-SHEN)[1] 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.[2]

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 is in the Memorial area and is east of the city of Hunters Creek Village.


Commencement of the class of 2008

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.

Student body[edit]

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[edit]

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".[3] The magazine stated that students from both schools originated from "mostly business and professional people with money".[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The school approximates the French e vowel rather than using the anglicized dew-SHAYN.
  2. ^ "About Duchesne". Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Texas Monthly's Guide to Private Schools Part Two." Texas Monthly. Emmis Communications, October 1974. Vol. 2, No. 10. ISSN 0148-7736. Start page 83. Cited: p. 87.

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