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Welcome from our Head of School

Is the landscape of education changing as we speak? Absolutely. Is Villa Duchesne fully prepared for excellence in the face of challenge? Yes. Education is a partnership between school and family, and our partnership is stronger than ever. The relational nature of our school, where every child is known and loved, translates to an outstanding experience for our students when we face complexity and uncertainty. We will be here for our students and families, and we will support you.

We have been educators of excellence for more than 90 years and pride ourselves on empowering women and men to be successful leaders in the world today. Ours is a legacy of authentic scholarship, deep learning, active engagement with the community, and an entrepreneurial spirit coupled with a moral compass that empowers much good in the world. In a word: "excellence" in education.

Unique among our many signature programs is the fact that at our Lower School all of our teachers strive to teach in ways that girls learn best and in ways that boys learn best, all on one iconic campus. In the Upper School, young women are active and engaged in their learning, trying something new and taking risks, sitting for AP exams, starring in a play, being a scholar and an athlete, not only finding her voice, but knowing how to use it, matriculating to some of the finest colleges and universities in the world.

These 60-plus acres are holy ground. We have been steeped in the Catholic faith since our inception. We proudly carry on the tradition of Sacred Heart education, nurturing in our students a desire to see the humanity in others, and use their talents to spread love in the world. In St. Louis, we have a distinguished past and a limitless future.

Send your child to Villa Duchesne and you will be investing in the gift of education for your child. Your partnership with us will lead your child to discover that the possibilities are endless; your child will leave us transcending boundaries and transforming lives the world over. Our mission is great, it involves the whole world.

I look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Dawn Nichols
Head of School

314-810-3513 |

Two middle school students hanging out in middle school common area.

Dr. Dawn Nichols

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