Duchesne High School is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school affiliated with the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. We draw students from a broad geographical area. They have a wide variety of interests, backgrounds and abilities. DHS provides each student an exceptional secondary education that will prepare him or her for success - not just in college, but in life. To help you learn more about us, we've provided the answers to some frequently asked questions about our students and our school:
Where is Duchesne High School located?
Duchesne is located at the corner of North Duchesne and Elm Streets in the city of St. Charles, Missouri. View a map.
What is enrollment at Duchesne?
The enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year is approximately 450 students.
Are all students Catholic?
Most of the students at Duchesne are Catholic, but we welcome students of all religious denominations. All students are expected to participate in worship, prayer, retreats and the study of theology. As a Catholic school, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at the core of our school culture and provides a foundation for developing spirituality, compassion, and strong moral values in every student.
What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
The student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. Our teachers are approachable, always willing to help and committed to our mission of educating the whole student - mind, body and spirit as one.
What is the average class size?
The average class size is about 18 students. Small size and a family atmosphere are important to the school.
What type of schedule does Duchesne offer?
Our students follow a rotating schedule. If a class meets first period today, it meets second period tomorrow, and third period the next day. The rotating schedule allows a student to experience a particular class at various times of the day. Our students say they like the 45 minute periods and the fact that the schedule rotates.
Are students required to do community service?
DHS students are well-known for their high level of community service - and it is service that comes from the heart. Students are recommended to perform 25 hours of service each year with 100 hours of service required for graduation. The students may choose to do all their hours with one service agency, or they may wish to choose to divide their service hours between multiple agencies. If the students wish, 40% of their hours may be completed in service to Duchesne at approved events such as providing help for Open House, working at the Foresight dinner auction or helping with class retreats. We hope that the experience of giving freely and selflessly to those in need will provide great satisfaction and a desire to serve others throughout life.
Are students required to wear uniforms?
Yes, polo-style shirts with a Duchesne logo accompany navy or khaki slacks or a plaid skirt for girls. Uniform shirts can be ordered through the Pioneer Trading Post. Uniform skirts can be purchased at Fischers. Duchesne sweatshirts can be worn any time of the year.
How can I visit Duchesne?
Shadow visits provide a valuable opportunity for grade school students to spend a school day as a Duchesne Pioneer. Eighth graders are invited to shadow a Duchesne student in the fall semester; seventh graders may visit in the spring. Open House gives families of sixth, seventh and eighth graders a chance to tour the school and learn more about academics and student life. Open House is the first Sunday of November.
What is the tuition at DHS?
Tuition for the 2012-2013 school year is $8,545.
A non-refundable $250 registration fee helps to defray the costs of registration, textbooks and lab expenses.
An additional $500 fee applies to non-Catholic students. Click here for more information on tuition.
Does Duchesne offer scholarships?
Many academic scholarships are awarded each year; for the 2012-2013 school year the total value is $106,450. No athletic scholarships are offered. Click here for more information on scholarships.
Does Duchesne offer financial aid?
Many families receive financial assistance. Duchesne was able to provide almost $55,000 in tuition aid and work-study grants for the 2012-2013 school year. Tuition assistance and work-study grants are based on financial need only. Requests for aid are made after acceptance.
How many sports and clubs are available for students?
We offer 20 interscholastic sports teams. Ice Hockey and Hockey Cheerleading are club sports. The DHS Pioneers compete in the Archdiocesan Athletic Conference. DHS offers many co-curricular organizations, which provide a wide range of opportunities for self-discovery, healthy recreation and personal development.
What colleges and universities do DHS graduates attend?
We're proud that our college acceptance rate is 100 percent! Here is a list of institutions that accepted students from the DHS Class of 2012:
Embry-Riddle Aero. U
Iowa State University
Kansas State University
Loyola University Chicago
Missouri State University
MO U of Science/Technology
Southeast MO State University
Southern II U Edwardsville
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis University
The Pennsylvania State U
Truman State University
U. S. Naval Academy
University of Central Missouri
University of Dayton
University of Iowa
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Missouri-St. Louis
University of New Mexico
University of Oklahoma Norman
University of Texas-Dallas
University of Tulsa
Virginia Military Institute