"Visitation teachers tie what we're learning to present day, or something students can relate to. They make fun projects and activities for you to do in class, rather than just sitting and taking notes from a Powerpoint. Last year, we got to teach the class about the Black Plague in history. It was a great way to learn it. You got to go out and explore it yourself."
“Lead those in your care with a kind and understanding heart.” St. Jane de Chantal
At Visitation, we are empowering the next generation of female leaders. The women who will lead us forward must have a strong moral foundation and know how to effectively collaborate and communicate in order to address and solve the real problems facing our world today.
A Visitation education is tailored to provide the training and preparation girls need to grow into leaders. Rooted in the Salesian Spirituality of St. Jane de Chantal and St. Francis de Sales, our program emphasizes virtues like perseverance, honesty, humility, courage, simplicity, generosity, patience, and optimism.
Hospitality is a value lived each day in Visitation’s classrooms. Teachers foster a warm, welcoming environment that helps students feel at ease and, therefore, thrive. Here, young women feel empowered to engage in thoughtful - and challenging - classroom dialogue.
At Visitation, faith is lived in relationship and our young women learn in relationship, receiving guidance and coaching not only from their teachers, but from their peers.
The intimate environment at Visitation fosters strong bonds among teachers and students. In our small classes, every student is seen as an individual and is actively encouraged to participate, to speak her mind. Our teachers know that affirmation and encouragement are far more effective motivators than harsh criticism.
"My teachers are extremely helpful and accessible. It means so much to know that if I'm having difficulty with a subject, I can seek help. Our in-class discussions and Socratic seminars also create a comfortable environment for asking questions and exploring different perspectives, no matter what subject."
"In discussion-oriented classes, I've noticed girls aren't afraid to share their opinions. What I like is that discussion allows you to collaborate and share ideas."
"Being at an all-girls school, no one is afraid to ask questions. Everyone is collaborative. The teachers are approachable, so I always feel I can go to them if I need help."
Physics First is the foundation of our science program. All freshmen take Conceptual Physics because physics gives girls a strong foundation for chemistry and biology and has a symbiotic relationship with Algebra, which freshmen also take. Girls love the class because it hands-on and fun!
As a culminating project in the sophomore-level Honors Modern World History, students examine the European refugee crisis from multiple perspectives to gain knowledge of modern Europe. By studying historic events, conducting research and original interviews, reviewing national and international news, and producing a final presentation for the class, girls come to understand the political, economic, and national security issues involved in the crisis and how historical events have shaped the present situation.
Visitation has one of the top chapters in the National Spanish Honor Society. Nearly 20 students have won either the Bertie Green Travel Award (an all-expense-paid trip to a Spanish-speaking country) or a $1,000 college scholarship. More than 30 students have been published in the National Spanish Honor Society’s literary magazine, “Albricias.”
The junior-year research paper helps girls learn to create a strong thesis statement and argument, conduct research, identify proper sources and cite them correctly, and write an in-depth research paper. In the process, juniors are taught and expected to use resources in Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library.
Our Bridge Program allows qualified seniors to take college courses for a nominal fee. Classes taken by previous participants include: Multivariable Calculus, Microeconomics Principles, Intro to Philosophy, Intro to Proof/Problem Solving, Principles of Accounting, Intro to Cultural Anthropology, and Intro to Sociology.
The Visitation charism calls each of us to Live Jesus. During junior year, each student completes a Praxis Project, working in small groups to research, evaluate, and act to combat a social injustice. Praxis projects have focused on the environment, human trafficking, immigration, sexual assault, and racial injustice.
Learning Support and Strategies (LSS) is a course that meets daily for freshmen and every seven days on a rotating basis for sophomores who were enrolled as freshmen.
LSS takes the place of an academic course. Students choose whether to defer world language, physics, or freshman history (Global Patterns). Our role is to ensure our learners are confident and prepared for their classes. It is a chance for students to:
- Discuss reading they have completed independently in preparation for their academic courses;
- Seek clarification on assignments, plan their time, and manage their academic workload;
- Learn how to be successful students at Visitation, including study strategies, preparation of assignments and projects, and studying for exams; and
- Learn and demonstrate self-advocacy skills in the classroom and beyond.
Social Emotional Component
In Learning Support and Strategies (LSS), we learn about how to be a reliable, organized Visitation student. We talk about the importance of believing in ourselves, and keeping our academic performance in perspective. We demonstrate curiosity, empathy, integrity, responsibility, self-advocacy, and respectful communication, towards others and ourselves.
Students are enrolled in LSS as part of the admissions process. Students outside of Learning Support, as well as upperclassmen no longer in Learning Support, are welcome to make appointments for support, by emailing the appropriate teacher.
Madame Claire Brinkmann supports the development of foreign language skills, including French, Spanish, and Latin.
Dr. Jake Collamore supports students in mathematics both in-person and virtually by appointment.
Mrs. Kerry Kaminski is here every day, serving as the teacher supporting humanities classes, including history, English and religion.