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Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School

Student Life


Hello, Villa Duchesne Community! Let me start by saying how grateful and excited I am to be the Upper School Student Council President this year. I value the opportunity to grow as a leader at such a wonderful school. 

Villa offers so many ways to get involved in leadership roles such as house captains, maison leaders, club leaders, retreat leaders, student council class representatives, and athletic team captains. I encourage our students to take advantage of these opportunities as they build connections and relationships at Villa. Getting involved helps us develop our skills in self-advocacy, and shows our universal commitment to making Villa the best possible Sacred Heart community. Please share your gifts and talents with Villa in some way!

Villa has many traditions, old and new, that we share with decades of Villa students who have gone before us. Being a part of these traditions with our friends and classmates bring our community closer together. We have old favorites like Congé and Goûter, and newer traditions like the fall pep rally and Phily Week. At Villa, the student experience is unmatched. I can't wait to help to introduce our newest students to our Villa traditions.

As my class enters our final year at Villa, we will cherish our friendships and memories, we are focused on academic excellence, we are strong in our faith, and we want to reflect on our transformational experience as Villa students and support every student in sharing in that experience as well. We are so excited to welcome you! I cannot wait to bring positive energy to such an amazing student body. I am so fortunate to be your 2023-24 Student Council President and I wish all the best for what is to come at Villa!


Colleen McKillip '24
Upper School Student Council President

Colleen McKillip '24 (center) is pictured with Grace Benac '24 and Lucie Littlepage '24 on their Junior Ring Mass day!

Student Life at Villa


One word says it all...Conge!!


Always announced as a surprise, Congé (kon-zhay), French for leave-taking, is a day for students to set aside schoolwork and play on campus. It is an opportunity to students, faculty, and staff to celebrate our school community.

Outdoor Classroom Day

The Labyrinth

Outdoor Classroom Day

Two days each year, Villa commits to participating in the Outdoor Classroom Day global movement. But informally, our inspiring outdoor campus spaces—a nature trail, low-ropes course, labyrinth, and Tkachuk Terrace, just to name a few—are used routinely by classes from JK3-12.

Feast Days & Masses

Lower School students prepare to celebrate the Feast of Mater Admirabilis

Feast Days & Masses

On Feast Days, we learn about and honor the positive impact that one person can have in the world. We annually celebrate our founding mothers, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat and Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne. And, each May, we honor Mary, the Mother of God, with a full school liturgy.

School Dances

Middle school students and their dads hit the dance floor at the Father-Daughter Dinner Dance.

School Dances

Our students in seventh through twelfth grades enjoy a number of dances throughout the school year, and the highlights for all of our students are our Father-Daughter Dances.

Trips & Retreats

Sixth Grade boys prepare to leave for Sixth Grade Camp

Trips & Retreats

Class trips begin in the sixth grade at Villa Duchesne with our annual Sixth Grade Camp. As students move through middle and high school, opportunities include visits to sister Sacred Heart schools, annual spiritual retreats for each grade level, and national and international global studies trips.

Prize Days

L:ower School students recognized at Prize Day

Prize Days

Students at all grade levels are recognized for their achievements and contributions to our Sacred Heart community at regular intervals throughout the school year.

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Mrs. Emily Kaplan

middle school dean (7-8)

Dr. Melissa Allen

Lower school dean (JK3-6)

Mrs. Christine Phillips