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Freshman Summer Courses

Summer academic and enrichment classes offer a fun and engaging way for any student to prepare for her freshman year. On-campus, hands-on courses give her the opportunity to hone her skills and explore new interests, meet her classmates, and get to know her teachers and our school. 

Summer classes will be offered between June 21 and July 29, with academic courses taking place in July. 

Registration for enrichment classes opened on March 11 at 5 p.m.; it will open for academic classes (English & math) on May 16.

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Academic Courses

English Enrichment
Open to all incoming freshmen; priority to recommended students. 

Dates: July 5 – July 29 - 60-minute session from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Description: The English Enrichment course offers the opportunity to improve and hone skills necessary for English I. We will focus on reviewing and reinforcing basic grammar and writing skills through daily instruction and practice. We also will foster an increased understanding of the characteristics of fiction through the study of short stories.  All work will be completed within the parameters of class time, so homework will not be assigned. 

Requirements: Students enrolled in this class must have completed their technology setup and introduction before the course begins. More details to follow.

Tuition: $500

Math Concepts and Skills
Open to all incoming freshmen; priority to recommended students.

Dates: July 5 – July 29 - 90-minute session from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Description: A strong base of conceptual understanding, together with good math skills, is essential to the successful high-school math experience. To that end, this class will be tailored to the individual ability of each student. Topics include: operations with fractions and integers, factors, exponents, roots, and ratio and proportion, presented in a setting of algebraic expressions and equations. 

Requirements: Students enrolled in this class must have completed their technology setup and introduction before the course begins. More details to follow.

Tuition: $500

Algebra I Part II

By invitation only, based on recommendations after placement testing. Please do not register for this course without being recommended by the mathematics department chair. 

Dates: July 5 – July 29 - 90-minute session from 8:00 to 9:30 am

Description: This course is for students who need to hone their Algebra I skills in order to advance to a higher-level math course. Upon successful completion of this course and teacher recommendation, a student may enroll in Accelerated Math I for her freshman year. Algebra I topics covered include: operations on polynomials, exponent rules, factoring, algebraic fractions, solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations, linear functions, and operations with radicals. 

Requirements: Students enrolled in this class must have completed their technology setup and introduction before the course begins. More details to follow.

Tuition: $500

Enrichment Courses

Introduction to Life on 35th Street

Dates: June 21 - 24 (4 days) OR June 27 - July 1 - 8:00 - 9:30 

*Please sign up for only one session

Description: Join us for an introduction to campus life, expectations, and tips of the trade for a successful transition to Visitation. Meet administrators and teachers who will walk with you on your journey to support you to make your experience meaningful and memorable.

Instructor: Mrs. Ponzio - Principal

Tuition: $125

Introduction to Painting
Dates: June 21 - 24 (4 days) OR June 27 - July 1 - 1:45 - 3:15 

*Sign up for only one session

Description: Students will explore the elements of art (color, light, line, composition) through the creative process. Participants will use acrylic paint to create a color wheel, tint and shade chart, then a monochromatic masterpiece on canvas. To end the session, students will create a plein-air piece (outdoor painting) on Visitation’s beautiful campus. 

Instructor: Mrs. Smith - Fine Arts Chair

Tuition: $125 plus a $10 materials fee = $135

Introduction to Visitation Leadership: One-Day Workshop
Dates: Tuesday, June 21 12:00 – 3:15 OR Wednesday, June 22 12:00 – 3:15  

*Sign up for only one session

Description: Leadership is a skill that anyone can learn. Discover what it means to be a student leader and what leadership opportunities Visitation offers. Even before you meet the rest of the class at Orientation, you will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself and others, what strengths you bring to a group situation, and the importance of communication as you work to accomplish goals. We will talk about goal setting, how to be a role model for others, and expectations of leaders at Visitation and beyond. No prior leadership experience at your previous school is necessary. 

Instructor: Mrs. Singleton - Director of Student Activities

Tuition: $75

Introduction to Computer Programming in Python
Dates: June 21 – July 1 9:45 – 11:15 (two week course)

Description: This course is designed for students with no prior programming experience. We will use a Python graphics library developed at Carnegie Mellon University to create interactive programs. Students will first learn how to create their own images using the functions provided. Students will then learn how to make their creations interactive using variables, conditional statements, loops, and user input from text and mouse presses.  The class will culminate in a final project of the student’s choosing where they implement the skills learned throughout the course.

Instructor: Mr. Chalfin - Math and Computer Science Teacher

Tuition: $250

Earth Justice: Care for God’s Creation

Dates: June 21 - 24 (4 days) OR June 27 - July 1 - 12:00 - 1:30 

*Sign up for only one session

Description: Beginning with Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical about the importance of caring for our common home, this course will look at what it means to take care of the earth and how this can support human dignity and human rights for our brothers and sisters around the globe. We will consider ideas such as the impact of climate change on those who live in developing countries, consumerism, and the ways in which we can make a positive difference through individual choice and social action and responsibility, caring for the common good. 

Instructor: Ms. Buranen - Religion Teacher

Tuition: $125

Creative Writing

Dates: June 21 - 24 (4 days) OR June 27 - July 1 (5 days) - 1:45 - 3:15

*Sign up for only one session

Description: Short story writer and novelist Flannery O'Connor once said that anyone who has survived his or her life to the age of fifteen has enough material to last a lifetime. The creative writing - prose class will give you the opportunity to use your writing skills for self-expression. We will take a look at all the things that interest and fascinate us, and spend our time turning them into prose works of either fiction or non-fiction. The work you write will be something you can hold onto throughout your four years at Visitation, and look back on at the end to see what you were thinking when you came in, and how you have grown during your four years here. Look forward to a fun, exciting, and creative time together! 

Instructor: Mr. D’Agata - English Teacher

Tuition: $125

Problem Solving: Puzzles & Patterns
Dates: June 27 - July 1 9:45 - 11:15 OR July 11 - 15 12:00 - 1:30

*Sign up for only one session

Description: In this week-long course, students will learn strategies for critical thinking and problem solving through the use of puzzles and inquiry activities. We will learn to define a problem, identify alternatives for its solution, and implement a plan. While the class will not focus specifically on math and science problem solving, students will be better equipped for solving mathematical word problems upon finishing. There will be no homework (other than to continue thinking).  

Instructor: Mr. Griggs - Science Teacher and Department Chair

Tuition: $125

A History of Ireland

Dates: June 27 - July 1 12:00 - 1:30 

Description: Ireland, land of saints and scholars, poets and playwrights, patriots and rogues. Get an overview of Irish history and gain an appreciation of the land with forty shades of green, millennia of culture, and a tangled history with their nearest and dearest neighbor. The next time you visit the Emerald Isle, it might make a little more sense, even if you can’t quite understand everything the locals say.

Instructor: Dr. McCormack - History Teacher

Tuition: $125

Basic Hand Sewing

Dates: July 5 - July 8 - 12:00 - 1:30 

Description: Knowing basic hand sewing techniques allows you to quickly make repairs to your clothing and do small craft projects. Even if you have a sewing machine, there are times that hand sewing is better to give you the best and most convenient  results you want. Learn about hand-sewn stitches, how to sew them, and which technique works best for different purposes. Participants will learn how to hem, sew buttons and a variety of stitching techniques to use on their final class project! All materials supplied through the class.

Instructor: Mrs. Clay - Dean of Student Life

Tuition: $135 (includes materials)

The Tudors: A History of a Dysfunctional Dynasty

Dates: July 5 - July 8 12:00 - 1:30

Description: The Tudor dynasty ruled during one of the most tumultuous periods in English history, bringing an end to a bitter civil war, adding new twists to the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and facing down the threat of foreign invasion. They were also highly dysfunctional, with Henry VII marrying his two sons to the same princess, Henry VIII being a serial husband and occasional uxoricide, and Henry VIII’s three children bringing great volatility to the religious lives of their subjects. Add in a sixth possible monarch, and you can see why the family has spawned so many TV shows, documentaries, and movies. You couldn’t make it up.

Instructor: Dr. McCormack - History Teacher

Tuition: $125

Dream, Learn, & Create

Dates: July 11 - 15 OR OR July 18 - 22 OR July 25 - 29 - 1:45 – 3:15

*Sign up for only one session

Description: In this course students will go through the engineering design process to create a solution to a real-world problem. Students will have the opportunity to discover the tools in the McNabb Innovation Lab, which include electronics, textiles, and digital fabrication tools (think 3D printers!) as they bring their ideas to life. By the end of the week, students will have a prototype of their invention to share with family and friends. 

Instructor: Ms. Bayonet - Director of Educational Technology

Tuition: $125 plus a $10 materials fee = $135

Theatre: Performance and Tech

Dates: July 11 - 22 - 1:45 - 3:15 (two week course)

Description: All of the theatre greats had to start somewhere and for you, Visitation can be that place. Learn what it takes to create a stage production. Over two weeks you will gain the necessary skills to be on stage and backstage. We will create, rehearse, tech,  and perform our own production. There is no need to be shy on the Nolan stage.  We are here to make mistakes, learn, and grow. “Don’t try to be anyone else but yourself, because you are singular, and your greatest asset is your individuality.” – Sutton Foster

Instructor: Mr. Pringle - Director of Performing Arts

Tuition: $250

Film Production
Dates: July 11 - 22 - 12:00 - 1:30 (two week course)

Description: Try your hand at screenwriting, acting, directing, filming, and editing. Collectively, students will make a short film. Enter the collaborative world of music and film in this fun hands-on course. There is room for everyone in front of the camera and behind the camera. “Creativity is an energy. It's a precious energy, and it's something to be protected. A lot of people take for granted that they're a creative person, but I know from experience, feeling it in myself, it is a magic; it is an energy.” - Ava DuVerney

Instructor: Mr. Pringle - Director of Performing Arts

Tuition: $250

The Irish in America

Dates: July 18 - 22 1:45 - 3:15

Description: Legend has it that when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, an Irishman was among his crew. True or not, the Irish have been coming to the Americas since then for a myriad of reasons, and this course will explore the story of Irish migration to the US. Pushed by factors such as poverty, hunger, and persecution, and pulled by the prospect of freedom and the American dream, the Irish experience in America has run the gamut, from signs that they need not apply, to Irish-Americans being elected to the White House, and even includes the foundation of Georgetown Visitation.

Instructor: Dr. McCormack - History Teacher

Tuition: $125

A (Brief) History of Washington, D.C.
Dates: July 25 – 29 - 12:00 – 3:15

Description: In A (Brief) History of Washington D.C., students will examine Washington as a living city: a city whose politics, economy, neighborhoods, architecture, culture, and population have evolved over time.  In addition, the course emphasizes the importance of students learning how to ask thoughtful questions about their environment, finding ways to answer these questions, and effectively communicating their answers. Excursions into different neighborhoods and guest speakers will happen daily.

Instructor: Mr. Petri - History Teacher

Tuition: $250

Metacognition: Learning How to Learn
Dates: July 18 – 22 12:00 – 1:30 OR July 25 – 29 12:00 – 1:30 

*Sign up for only one session

Description: Students will be introduced to the principles of metacognition—awareness and knowledge of one’s own learning and thought processes. Demonstrations and strategies to improve attention, perception, and short-term and long-term memory will be presented so that students can explore what research-based approaches work best for their own personal learning styles. The class will be fun and interactive, and will introduce students to skills that can be used throughout their high-school careers. 

Instructor: Ms. Fay - History Teacher and Department Chair 

Tuition: $125 


Location: Enrichment courses are offered on-campus unless otherwise noted. Visitation adheres to D.C. Health guidance to ensure the safety of our students and faculty. 

Registration: Registration for enrichment classes opened on March 11 at 5 p.m.; it will open for academic classes (English & math) on May 16. Full tuition is due at registration. Enrollment is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitation will maintain a waitlist in Veracross in the event of cancellations. Visitation reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet the minimum enrollment. 

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Financial Aid: A limited amount of financial aid is available for Summer Enrichment courses. If you would like to apply for aid, please email Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Janet Keller at

Credit: Students do not earn credit for summer courses.

iPads: iPads are required for math and English classes to take and organize notes, submit assignments, and view some course materials. The courses will introduce apps that students will use during the school year, such as Notability. Other classes may also require an iPad.  

Lunch: Lunch is NOT provided. Students taking multiple classes are responsible for their own lunch / snacks. 

Questions: Contact Summer Enrichment Coordinator Eric Chalfin at