Visiting Duchesne

Shadow Days: open to 6th through 8th-grade girls

We invite you to spend a school day with one of our current students. Prospective students will live a day in the life of a Duchesne student by participating in classroom discussions, an all-school liturgy or activity. Shadowing is a great way for you to meet our faculty, administrators, and students. They will show you all that Duchesne Academy has to offer first-hand.

Our primary goal at Duchesne is to offer a superior education to each and every one of our 330 girls. We achieve that goal by providing a challenging learning environment with outstanding faculty and staff. Our classes encourage the sharing of ideas between the teacher and the student, as well as among the students themselves. We celebrate the diversity and backgrounds of all students and faculty. Our student body comes from 54 different zip codes, representing all parts of the metro Omaha area and surrounding communities. We believe that education in the classroom is improved by your experiences on the playing field, participating in clubs, actively serving in the community, and in celebrations of Sacred Heart tradition.

PLEASE NOTE: PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO 8TH GRADERS IN THE FALL. A LIMITED NUMBER OF VISITORS ARE ALLOWED EACH DAY.

School Contact: Mrs. Lauren Aliano Mueller, Admissions Director 402-810-9966

How much advance notice is needed? Preferably at least two days

Who can set it up? A parent or student may call or email the Admissions Director.

Is there half or full day restrictions? 7th and 8th graders may come for a half or full day. It is suggested that 6th graders come for half day only unless they are with a sibling. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays are the ideal days to visit; there are eight single block (40-minute) classes. Wednesdays and Thursdays are double block days with four 80-minute classes.

What grade levels can shadow? 6th, 7th and 8th graders are welcome.

May the Duchesne student have more than one shadow at a time? A Duchesne student may have two shadows at a time.

What is the policy for high school students wanting to visit? Dean of Students must approve another high school student visit.

Dress code? No jeans, shorts or halter or tank tops.  Most shadows wear a skirt, dress, or nice pants along with a shirt or sweater. Shadows will be advised if it is a full dress uniform day, and to wear an appropriate length dress or skirt.

Lunch costs? $4 will cover the cost of a shadow’s lunch or shadows may bring a lunch from home. Shadows may wish to bring extra cash to buy a treat from the snack bar as well!

Restricted dates? After December 10th and May 10th (Semester review and testing days); National Testing Day in October; Field Day in May

Drop off & pick up policy: If the shadow will be dropped off by a parent, use the circle drive entrance on Burt St. Check in with the receptionist. The shadow can be picked up at the same entrance at the end of the day. If the shadow comes to school with their Duchesne student nest, they need to check in at the Admissions Office before the first block.

How are shadows matched up? A shadow may request a particular Duchesne student. If she does not know any current students, she is matched up by academic interests or extra-curricular activities. A freshman or sophomore Duchesne student is recommended.

What should the visitor bring or not bring? A notepad & pen if they want to remember specific points about their visit; a paperback book in case their Duchesne host has a quiz. If the shadow has a cell phone, it must be turned off during the school day, when they are above the ground floor. Shadows are also encouraged to bring a water bottle.