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Upperclasswomen Summer Courses

Summer enrichment offers rising sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn new skills, explore their interests, have fun, and prepare for the fall. Registration will open later this spring.

Courses will be offered from June 20-July 28.

Registration is open here.

Course Listing

A (Brief) History of Washington, D.C.
Dates: July 24 - July 28 from 8 - 11 a.m.

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: $300

Grades: 9-12

Creative Writing

Dates: June 26 - 30 or July 24 - 28 from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

*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: $150

Introduction to Painting
Dates: June 20-23 (4 days) or June 26-30 (5 days) from 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

*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: $130 (June 20-23) or $160 (June 26-30)

Board Games for Strategic Thinking, Problem Solving, Collaboration, and FUN!

Dates: July 5 - July 7 (3 days) from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Description: In this course, participants will play cooperative board games. "That's it?" you say? "Not competitive," you say? There are so many great cooperative board games that are out there that are so much fun! And when you win, everyone wins! Of course, there will be added benefits that encourage great life skills: problem solving, strategic thinking, and collaboration along with the opportunities to spend time outside the digital realm, get to know others, and build community.

Instructor: Ms. Buranen - Religion Teacher

Tuition: $90

Musician Shed

Dates: June 20 to June 23 from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Description: Improve your instrumental skills, meet new musicians, and jam out in this rockin’ course. We will play different genres of music and learn how to improvise. The ability to sight read is not a requirement, but encouraged. Any and all instruments are welcome! Instruments provided: Keyboards/Piano, Drums. All other instruments must be personally provided.

Teacher: Mr. Neptune Pringle, Director of Performing Arts

Tuition: $120

Grades: 9 - 12

The History of Life, the Universe, and Everything

Dates: July 17 - 21 from 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Description: We all know what History is right? Names, dates, immutable unchanging fact, determined by the winners, etc. If correct, congrats on passing a course on the History of Clichés, but actual historical study is far more complicated, baffling, and frankly unpredictable. In this course we will explore unique, unexpected moments in global history from bizarre and curious angles to better understand how the experiences of the past better explain the complicated nature of our existence. This course has no homework, but requires active participation as we collectively consider the complex answers to eccentric but vital historical questions. Such questions include “Did we fight World War II over trees?” “Can we write histories of the future?” “Does New Zealand exist?” This course will use unconventional historical discussions to sharpen your critical thinking and intellectual engagement skills while building teamwork and global literacy. So, if you want to figure out “Does anything ever change?” What happened when the sky fell?” and many other unexpected historical oddities. See you in class!

Instructor: Dr. Derrick Angermeier - History Teacher

Tuition: $150

Grades: 9-12

Writers Boot Camp

Dates: /July 17 - July 28 from 12-1:30 p.m.

Description: In this two week Writers Boot Camp students will write on a variety of prompts ranging from analytical literary prompts to argumentative prompts. Students will hone their writing toolbox - creating concise structured paragraphs, eradicating passive voice, and elevating their diction. Students will receive daily feedback and have an opportunity to implement that feedback in the following class. This course is for students of all grades who wish to sharpen their writing skills as we embark on a new year.

Instructor: Ms. Cole - English Teacher

Tuition: $300

Grades: 10-12


Location: Courses will take place on-campus, adhering to guidance from D.C. Health.

Registration: 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.

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 unless specifically noted in the course description.

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

Questions: Contact Summer Enrichment Coordinator Eric Chalfin at