Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
, located at 3601 Burt Street in the Midtown
area of Omaha
is an independent, Catholic
high school for girls. Formerly a college, today Duchesne is also home to a co-ed preschool. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha
Duchesne was established in Omaha
in 1881 and is named in honor of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
, one of the first women to join the Sacred Heart convent
. St. Rose Philippine came to the United States from France
in the early 1800s and established the first Sacred Heart school in St. Charles, Missouri
. Duchesne is one of 21 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.
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.