Each year, the Spanish Department takes students to a Spanish-speaking country to give students an immersive experience. Past trips have included Spain, Costa Rica, and Argentina. In each location, girls stay with local families, take language classes, participate in an array of local activities, and try foods native to the area.
"Be who you are and be that well."
- St. Francis De Sales
There are countless ways to learn and grow outside of the classroom.
Through our comprehensive co-curricular program, students explore new interests and hone existing talents. They cultivate leadership skills, build lifelong friendships, grow their faith, and make their mark on decades- or even centuries-old traditions.
In high school, this means providing students with opportunities to discover more about themselves, their interests, and the world, and our many activities, traditions, and programs do just this.
I believe that friends are the foundation of the school. You’ll keep the friends you make each year the rest of your life. All the Little Virtues are reflected in Holy Friendship. Making good friends means being generous, showing simplicity; friendships have to be based off that.Maia ‘22
award-winning performing arts groups
branches of student government
Every summer, the Christian Service Office takes our students beyond borders. Our students stretch beyond our nation’s border, but also beyond the border of their comfort zone. In most recent years, locations have included Costa Rica and Peru.
Every summer, the French Department sponsors a two-week immersion trip to France allowing students to experience the language and culture firsthand! Students live with French families in Amboise, France, allowing them to put their French knowledge in action with native speakers. The trip also includes an overnight stay in Paris, sightseeing, and a dinner cruise on the Seine River. Students return with stronger language skills and a greater appreciation for French language and culture.
During sophomore year, 16 girls are paired with girls from the Sacred Heart School in Drogheda, Ireland, in our Irish Exchange Program. For one week in the fall, the Irish girls live in DC with their American "sister." In the spring, Visi girls visit Ireland and stay with their Irish families. During both weeks, the groups visit historical and cultural sights. The program ends with a new appreciation for another culture and new lifelong friends.
The children at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School (Winyan Wakan Owayawa) anticipate the arrival of Visitation; our students aide and tutor the students and assist in the after-school program. Our students also immerse themselves into the history, culture and language of the Lakota Sioux.
Hosted every three years by the Catholic Church, World Youth Day celebrates young people and the faith. In 2016, Visi students traveled to Poland and in 2019 to Panama for six-day celebrations of faith.