Community & Traditions

The Sacred Heart heritage that has been passed down for generations at Sacred Heart schools around the world. Our Sacred Heart traditions — many of which are shared with our sister and brother schools — are how we pray, celebrate, and build community.

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart Glossary



students holding signs in field

Our school teams are the Chargers, and our mascot is a white mustang affectionately known as Cha-Cha. Our team colors are navy and gold. Common rally cries you'll hear at athletic events are Go Chargers! and Hooves Up!





students holding pink cotton candy

Of all our traditions, Congé (kon-zhay) might be our most beloved. Once a year, on what seems like an ordinary school day, the announcement of "It's Congé!" — which means "leave taking" — sends the entire school into a whirlwind of activity. All classes are cancelled, and instead, a full day of fun, games, and socializing prevails.

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My VC Portal

My VC Portal is our online community portal. By accessing the My VC Portal, parents, students, and faculty/staff can update their contact information, search the online directories, and access a variety of resources. 




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We use lots of French at Duchesne, but this one is Spanish for "space." Every day at 9:58 a.m., the entire school stops for two minutes of silence and personal reflection. Some girls pray, some meditate, some just take deep breaths. It is a reminder for us to slow down, relax, and be in the moment before going on with the rest of our day.







This is one of our favorites. Goûter (goo-tay) means "to taste" in French, and it is an extra-special snack the school provides for us on special occasions such as Feast Days or other celebrations.





Network of Sacred Heart Schools


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The Network of Sacred Heart Schools is an association of 24 Sacred Heart schools across the United States and Canada. There are also Sacred Heart schools in 44 countries. Together, they are dedicated to the values of Christian education articulated by the foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat.


Prize Day


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It is important to us as a community to take the time to recognize each other—our accomplishments and hard work and good choices. On Prize Day, we get to appreciate not only each other's academic achievements but also values we hold dear at Duchesne: community, kindness, and friendship.





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The term Religious refers to the nuns who serve in the schools of the Society of the Sacred Heart. The Religious of the Sacred Heart sign their names followed by "RSCJ," which is derived from the French Religieuses du Sacré Coeur de Jesus. At Duchesne, the Religious live on campus in the White House.



Social Awareness


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Beginning in Pre-K3, students actively complete projects to serve others throughout our local community and beyond. In Upper School, juniors and seniors fan out across the city each week to work in schools, hospitals, retirements homes, and nonprofits that work with underserved people.



The White House


White house at Duchesne



The White House at Duchesne is the home of the Religious of the Sacred Heart. The original White House was where classes were held during the early years of the school. Today, it also serves as a space for school events and the backdrop for our graduation ceremony held on our front lawn.



Wise Freedom


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This is our shorthand for Goal V, and we put it into practice just about every day. Wise freedom means getting the opportunity to manage your own time and taking responsibility for your choices in an environment that is loving and caring.



For the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society.
Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat

Sacred Heart Feast Days

The following Feast Days are particularly special on campus. We celebrate with all-school Masses, as well as special Sacred Heart traditions such as goûter.