Why Vis? In this month's View from Vis blog, Upper School Director Anna Barter has some heartfelt answers to that question, particularly in regard to Visitation's impact on herself, the students and the broader community. Please read this month's blog post to see some of Dr. Barter's answers to why Vis is such a compelling place.
Welcome from our Head of School
Visitation students go forth into the world prepared to change it for the better. They go forth competent, courageous, and caring.
With today’s easy access to information, students require more than the breadth of knowledge that schools emphasized in the past. In our dynamic, globalized world, students need to be critical thinkers and innovative explorers. They need to be creative, and adaptable. They need to collaborate and communicate effectively. And they need to be self-reliant and resilient.
That is why at Visitation we say education is Non Scholae, Sed Vitae – not for school, but for life. We guide our students in their formation, an intentional process of individual growth that shapes intellectual, moral, physical and spiritual development.
To help our students, from the littlest to the seniors, prepare for this changing world, our rigorous curriculum and enlightened instruction model provide versatile learning opportunities, encourage responsible independence and ensure deep engagement with classmates and faculty, which is at the heart of a Visitation education. Our academic and co-curricular programs provide opportunities for personal expression and leadership while nurturing the close, caring bonds that characterize the Vis experience.
Underpinning all this is a faith legacy that emphasizes the Salesian virtues of gentleness, patience, humility, and liberty of spirit. Students learn to joyfully live out the maxim of Saint Francis de Sales: “Be who you are and be that well.”
Visitation students go forth into the world prepared to change it for the better. They go forth competent, courageous, and caring. And we rejoice in their future, and the chance we have had to be part of their extraordinary lives.
Convent of the Visitation School provides an excellent education in a Catholic environment permeated by Salesian spirituality.
Under God's guiding hand, Visitation Sisters, trustees, administrators, faculty, staff and parents are committed to:
- The gentle and caring formation of students in maturing faith, reverent worship, personal morality, global responsibility and respectful appreciation of diversity.
- The holistic growth of each student from infancy toward adulthood through innovative teaching and learning, a challenging college preparatory program, the encouragement of leadership and relationships of trust, vibrant co-curricular opportunities, and a broad exposure to the arts and cultures.
- Robust governance — derived from a long and stable history — characterized by expert and wide consultation, judicious discernment, Church and community collaboration, and sound fiscal policies.
“Non Scholae, Sed Vitae; Not for School, but for Life.”
Convent of the Visitation School acknowledges that diversity can be described in a variety of ways. After consulting with the Visitation Monastic Community, students, faculty, alumnae, staff, parents, and members of the Board of Trustees, we have prayerfully discerned that diversity is an opportunity for theological understanding and acceptance.
Therefore, Convent of the Visitation School believes that three primary constructs are embedded in the concept of diversity. These three are:
- To embrace our Visitation motto of "Not for School, but for Life" demands that we fully educate ourselves in the Salesian teaching, "Be who you are and be that well;”
- To attract and retain students and staff who reflect all of God’s children, in order to enrich our faith-filled Salesian community; and
- To nurture our Catholic and Salesian environment we will respect all of God’s children regardless of such characteristics as gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, physical attributes, intellectual capabilities, sexual identity, and socio-economic status.