Villa Teresa Catholic School – Moore

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City/Town: Oklahoma CityMoore
Location Class: SchoolChurch
Year Built: 1933
Year Abandoned: 2012
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzMary Evans

After almost eight decades, Villa Teresa Catholic School closed its doors in July of 2012. Sister Patricia Ann Miller, general superior of the Carmelite Sisters of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus, was sad to bring the news to incoming students and parents. The Carmelite Sisters of St. Therese had operated Villa Teresa schools for 79 years. The Oklahoma City school has been in operation since 1933, according to its website. The school had about 230 students, from age 2 ½ through the fourth grade the last year of operation.

By the time the downtown location had closed, the Moore location (Pictures below) had been closed for about a year. The letter to parents cites rising costs such as health insurance and salaries, and major renovation and repairs needed for buildings as reasons for the closing. An aging population of nuns has meant fewer working outside the convent, earning income. The Carmelite Sisters have subsidized the schools for each of the last 15 years and could no longer continue to do so. The nuns promised to help families find another Catholic school. The letter thanked longtime principal Sister Veronica Higgins for her work and advocacy, and also thanked interim principal Cassie Herd for her willingness to be the interim principal during this difficult period.

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2 months ago

[…] Villa Teresa school was founded in 1933 by the Carmelite Sisters of St. Therese in a home next to their convent in Oklahoma City. The campus consisted then of the convent and the school in two homes. Overtime the school grew. They built a large two story school and acquired a home next that as well. At its’ peak, Villa Teresa also had a second location in Moore Oklahoma as well. Villa Teresa of Moore […]

Christopher Houston
Christopher Houston
8 months ago

I attended the downtown location by the way.

Christopher Houston
Christopher Houston
8 months ago

I was a student here back in the day. We had a tremendous amount of athletes that attended Villa Teresa. We all either ended up attending St. Mary’s High School, Millwood, Capitol Hill or that other school, The Fighting Irish. Go Rockets!!!! No one ever skipped school throughout the entire year. We loved it that much.

Ryan
Ryan
9 months ago

Who do I speak with about being able to go on the property?

Mason
Mason
3 years ago

It is sad that such places are abandoned.

Caroline Brewer
Caroline Brewer
3 years ago

I went to school here, I only remember it vaguely. I remember being categorized by different colors of bears (brown, blue, etc.) There was a pool out back beside the playground that swimming lessons were taught at. I still keep in touch with two people who I met there. I'm a graduating highschool senior this year, crazy how time flies!

Riah
Riah
4 years ago

This school holds my earliest memories. I met my first friends there and we r still friends now 🙂 sad to see it so rough :/

Kat
Kat
4 years ago

Me and my friends used this place to film a really stupid post-apocalyptic short film last year. Pretty convenient area to get to, and that playground equpiment is still p sturdy. All around, was a cool place to look around, even though we had to film around all the grafitti left by other pricks like us XD

LA Muse
LA Muse
4 years ago

Does anyone know how to reach the seller's of this property?

Caroline Brewer
Caroline Brewer
Reply to  LA Muse
3 years ago

I believe it's been demolished now.

Becca
Becca
Reply to  Caroline Brewer
3 years ago

It's still there

OriginalCeiling
Reply to  Becca
8 months ago

We can officially say, the Moore location has been torn down.

Maci
Maci
5 years ago

I went to school there for pre-k and kindergarten and It was amazing. I had gotten so close to my teacher, ms. Amy, I was her flower girl for her wedding. I wish it was still open so I can send my kids to school there when I have some. great memories and friends made in that building.

Katie
Katie
5 years ago

Thanks for this. By the way I'm Ms. Katie and that was a wonderful place to go to every day. Those were my students hand prints, so nice to know they are still there, for now.

Kara
Kara
Reply to  Katie
4 years ago

Do you know who owns the property? I am looking to open my own school. Thanks.

Natalie
Natalie
Reply to  Katie
4 years ago

you were one of my teachers! I'm writing a paper about myself that will be given to me my Senior year, and one of the questions was to list all of the school's we have attended, and I decided to check up on Villa. It literally almost brought me to tears.

Christine Richardson
Christine Richardson
5 years ago

Looks even rougher than this now. Since the tornado there's all kinds of junk that was blown in there, broken windows and ceilings falling in. Still a fairly interesting abandoned building though.

Linda Caldwell
Linda Caldwell
6 years ago

when I went there in the 50's, I thought the school was two stories.

jen
jen
7 years ago

Nice post, guys. Always love your stuff.

Tresa
Tresa
7 years ago

Interesting! My niece attended the school in the '80's. Thank you for documenting the school.

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