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Schaefer Family Student Life Center


In May 2021, we put shovel in the ground on the most highly anticipated building project on the campus of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School since the Chapel in 1958. Thanks to the generosity of Kelli and Eric Schaefer, we are celebrating the largest single donation in our school history as we embark on the construction of the Schaefer Family Student Life Center, a space that will be the heart and soul of our student community and be home to a theater, a café, an atrium, and an outdoor terrace. The Student Life Center will enhance every aspect of our student experience. It will be the center of the school day for our upper school students and be enjoyed by our lower school students, our parent community, and our Sacred Heart family. 

The Schaefer Family gift has made our dream of the Student Life Center a reality. The Danis Atrium will be a hub of activity for daily student life, dances, college fairs, and receptions. It will serve as a welcome center for visitors and guests. Envision our students enjoying a quick snack with friends before class or after school at the Johnson Café. The terrace will overlook our Back Bowl—the site of our annual Maypole—and allow students to have lunches and dances outdoors. The theater will bring our performing arts program to the next level through a complete renovation of the existing auditorium. The theater will feature raked seating, a scene shop, dressing rooms, and a green room. From daily assembly to show choir performances and lower school spelling bees, the theater will be a staple in the everyday lives of our students.

Walkthrough Rendering of the Schaefer Family Student Life Center, starting in the Back Bowl of the 1929 Main Building, into the new spaces of the terrace, Danis Atrium, Johnson Family Café, and Theater. 

Donor Recognition Opportunities 

Contact Director of Development Deborah O. Schlattman at 314.810.3589 or to learn more about these donor recognition opportunities! 
Student Life Center | Named - The Schaefer Family
Atrium | Named - The Danis Family
Student Life Center Terrace | $500,000 
Student Life Center Tower | Named - The Caito and Qureshi Families
Scene Shop | $250,000
Green Room | Named - The Welch Green Room
Café | Named - The Johnson Family
Dressing Room (2 available) | $100,000
Student Art Gallery | Named - The Riney Family 
Control Booth | Named - The Gori Family 
Seat in the Theater | $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, or $500