About Us

"Be who you are and be that well." The wise words of Visitation Order co-founder St. Francis de Sales form the heart of a Georgetown Visitation education. The high school years are a time of discovery, not just of knowledge and skills, but also of yourself and your potential.

We provide the spiritual grounding, challenging academics, plentiful opportunities, and supportive and joyous community that enable our students to cultivate their God-given gifts. And they do—with confidence, with enthusiasm, and, as with everything here, with friends.

We invite you to discover Georgetown Visitation and see how we help each girl to be who she is and be that well.

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Mission Statement

Georgetown Visitation, founded in 1799, is a college preparatory school rooted in the Roman Catholic faith and Salesian tradition, committed to educating young women from diverse backgrounds. We are a faith-centered community dedicated to educational excellence, enriched by co-curricular and service programs.

Our mission is to empower our students to meet the demands and challenges of today’s rapidly changing and morally complex world. We guide our students to become self-reliant, intellectually mature, and morally responsible women of faith, vision, and purpose.

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Graduate Profile

A Georgetown Visitation graduate enthusiastically lives St. Francis de Sales’ exhortation to “Be who you are and be that well, to give honor to the Master Craftsman whose handiwork you are.” 

She is a woman of faith. 
  • She demonstrates strong character and deep faith, enriched by Catholic theology and inspired by the Salesian tradition of the Sisters of the Visitation.
  • She values and cultivates authentic relationships with God, self, family, and friends. 
  • Empowered by her belief in God, she embraces the world beyond Visitation; she “Lives Jesus” and embodies the Salesian virtues as she acts for peace and social justice.
She is a woman of vision. 
  • She is intellectually curious, perseveres, believes in her potential, and commits to growth and excellence throughout her life.
  • She thinks independently, critically, and creatively; she confronts ambiguity confidently.
  • She balances innovation and tradition, embracing and drawing from a broad understanding of the liberal arts and sciences. 
  • She listens to others’ perspectives, communicates effectively, and collaborates to solve problems. 
She is a woman of purpose.
  • She exemplifies moral integrity, personal responsibility, and a commitment to sharing her talents for the betterment of society.
  • She models service, empathy, and humanity in her leadership.
  • She honors the dignity and sacredness of every individual, appreciating cultures, religions, and economic and ethnic backgrounds different from her own.

A Georgetown Visitation woman possesses knowledge and skills for a lifetime of inquiry and excellence. She cultivates the the little virtues espoused by St. Jane de Chantal and St. Francis de Sales, which will animate her unique God-given gifts and enrich our world.

Visitation Voices

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Sr. Mary Berchmans Hannan '48 & '50
Monastery Superior, President Emerita

"I believe Visitation offers its students a safe and comfortable environment in which they discover their true selves as they move through the challenging adolescent years. They will learn self-confidence and have the freedom to discover new areas where they can test their talents and interests."
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Mary Kate Blaine

"My students inspire me when they are kind and attentive friends; when they cooperate to create magic, inside and outside the classroom; and when they deepen their relationship with God, helped by those around them."
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At A Glance

A brief introduction to our academics, arts, athletics, student life, spirituality, and more.

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Student Life

Sisterhood, traditions, spiritual life, and student activities are are just a few of the incredible aspects of the Visi experience.

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Our powerful education for joyful minds creates confident thinkers, great writers, and creative problem solvers.

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Board of Directors

While sustaining the unique history, character, and Salesian tradition of Georgetown Visitation, the Board is responsible for the operational integrity of the school and for the visionary planning that will ensure that the school remains strong both financially and academically.

2019-2020 Board Members

Elizabeth Eck Olchowski '89

Sr. Mary Berchmans Hannan ’48 & '50
President Emerita & Monastery Superior

Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson
Head of School

Diana Vilmenay Hammond '00
Vice Chair

Shawn McLaughlin
Vice Chair

Anne Dammen Boyden '76
Kathleen Brogan '99
Michael Bruckwick
Kathleen Curtin '79
Katrina Fludd '04
James Gillespie
Sister Joanne Gonter, Ex Officio
Ann O'Neil Gradowski '81
Peter Hamm
Anne Griffith Hennessy '79

Rev. Matthew Hillyard, OSFS
Joseph Hynds
Timothy Moran
James T. Neill
Maureen Davenport O'Connor '93
Pam Oetgen, Ex Officio
Michele Singer Ross '82
Tanya Washington Stern '88
Regina Welsh Stranix
Terri Tanielian
John F. Treseler
Mark Tuohey