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Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School

801 South Spoede Road
Saint Louis, MO 63131

(314) 432-2021


Oak Hill provides a Catholic education for boys and girls from junior kindergarten for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds (JK3 and JK4) through sixth grade with most students entering at the JK3, JK4, or kindergarten level. JK3 applicants must be 3 years old by August 1 of the year they begin school, and JK4 applicants must be 4 years old by August 1 of the year they begin school.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

In our Early Childhood Education program, children in the JK 3-year-old, JK 4-year-old and kindergarten classes learn to value and appreciate themselves as loving Children of the Sacred Heart. Our goal is to help children acquire the qualities they will need the rest of their lives. We help the children develop the self-assurance and readiness skills to prepare them for success in the strong and wholesome educational program which is at the heart of Oak Hill.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Our junior kindergarten curriculum includes the study of French and technology with full-time speciality teachers also devoted to music, art, and physical education.

From the Director:

As Early Childhood educators, it is our responsibility to create a classroom environment that is respectful of the child and encourages ongoing family involvement that helps children understand, solidify, and build on the world they know. We achieve this by focusing on the following skills: • Spiritual growth/character education • Social/emotional development • Language development • Phonological awareness • Small and large muscle development • Color, shape, and number recognition • Counting and 1:1 correspondence • Sequencing, predicting, and graphing • Problem solving

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Inspired by the vision of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School strives to educate the heart and mind of each child in a nurturing and challenging environment. We are dedicated to educating the whole child and preparing our students for lives of faith in God, integrity, leadership and service to others.

Our mission is to transform the world, one child at a time.

The foundation of our mission and educational philosophy are the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools. These give meaning and purpose to our objectives and unite us through a common thread with other Sacred Heart schools around the world. The strength of Sacred Heart education lies in the building of relationships around our values. Serious in principles, strong in studies and rich in the spirit of love and life, we are a Catholic school which takes great pride in living Saint Madeleine Sophie's vision.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

In our Early Childhood Education program, we provide parents with numerous opportunities to participate in their child’s learning. Through our teacher communications and our weekly electronic newsletter, parents are kept informed and are encouraged to engage
in the daily activities at Oak Hill. Parents are invited to volunteer for cafeteria or playground duty, chaperone on field trips, and support their child in performing community service, which is a part of the religious education of each child at Oak Hill.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school