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Who We Are

Duchesne Academy educates young women to be active participants in their own development. We provide a safe, loving place for them to learn how to evaluate complex matters with poise and discernment. We are preparing our students not only for college, but for a lifelong pursuit of faith, understanding, and wisdom.
Celebrating Sacred Heart values, we empower insightful, compassionate women with a sense of social responsibility and a deeply rooted spiritual life. When these confident, adept women go out into the world, they lead change in their communities.
Duchesne of the Sacred Heart is an independent, Catholic, college-preparatory high school for girls in grades 9-12. Duchesne was established in Omaha in 1881 and is one of 25 Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and Canada. 

Our Mission and Goals

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school for girls of all faiths and backgrounds. Our philosophy is rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Sharing in the Society's mission to reveal God’s love in the heart of the world, Schools of the Sacred Heart commit to educate to:

"Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, once said, “for the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society.” In a true sense, you are that one."  - Life at the Sacred Heart, 1985

Our Philosophy

Duchesne Academy, a member of an international network of schools operated by the Society of the Sacred Heart, is an independent Catholic girls’ school in Omaha, Nebraska. Duchesne offers a unique education focusing on commitment to: faith in God, academic excellence, development of social responsibility, formation of an inclusive community and personal dignity. This education reflects the values given priority by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Duchesne strives to meet the intellectual needs of the whole person by providing an atmosphere where students and faculty discover truth and appropriate this truth individually. The community recognizes the contemporary world as a field of learning experiences and incorporates this dimension in the educational thrust. Self-discipline and experiences reflected upon bring about the integration of mind and heart.

Importance is placed on skills necessary for living in the present and future world, on friendships that are life-long, on significant memories and on an underlying faith which permeates all. Reflection on personal choices leads to a growing awareness of one's relationship to God and concern for others.

Duchesne strives to give each person a sense of dignity and self-worth which liberates her to become a morally responsible human being who can confront issues intelligently and work to bring about necessary and constructive change in world and human conditions.

Why a Girls' School?