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A Visitation education provides opportunities for students to develop their creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, self-reliance, resiliency and other essential life skills through a rigorous academic experience, versatile opportunities, co-curriculars and athletics.

Welcome from our Head of School

The Sisters of the Visitation founded Visitation School 150 years ago with the focus of educating the minds and the hearts of students. This philosophy of educating students  is based on Salesian Spirituality and follows the teachings of our co-founders Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Jane de Chantal and their focus on the little virtues: kindness, patience, joyful optimism, humility, gentleness and strength. These virtues guide us in our interactions and relationships each day and define the educational experience at Visitation School. A Visitation education provides opportunities for students to develop their creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, self-reliance, resiliency and other essential life skills through a rigorous academic experience, versatile opportunities, co-curriculars and athletics. Our students are encouraged to express themselves fully, to lead fearlessly, and to develop the heart-to-heart relationships that make Visitation a nurturing, safe and joyful place in which to learn and grow. 

Visitation is also a welcoming place and we strive to make a Visitation education accessible for all students, working diligently with each family to make a Visitation education possible through our robust financial grant program. 

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. Visitation students go forth into the world prepared to change it for the better. They are competent, courageous, and caring. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of our students’ lives and formation and rejoice in watching their extraordinary futures unfold.

Rene Gavic
Head of School

Mission Statement

Visitation School provides an excellent education within a Catholic environment permeated by Salesian Spirituality and the living tradition of the Visitation Sisters.

Guiding Principles

Under God’s guiding hand, Visitation Sisters, trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, parents and students are committed to the following:

  • Gentle, nurturing formation of faith and morality of students in the Salesian community toward reverent worship; responsible, global engagement; the cultivation of loving relationships; and respect for God’s creation and for the diversity and dignity of all people.
  • Guidance of the holistic growth of each student from infancy toward adulthood through innovative teaching and learning that honors the educational philosophy of the Sisters and includes intentional fostering of leadership within a coed lower school and all-girls middle and upper schools; a challenging college preparatory program; vibrant and varied co-curricular opportunities; broad exposure to the arts; engaged citizenship; and inspiration to pursue lifelong learning.
  • Robust governance - derived from a long, stable, independent 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.

Diversity Statement

Visitation School is committed to building a beloved community and culture of inclusiveness through our Catholic and Salesian tradition, which calls us to recognize the dignity and sacredness of God in each other. We foster a community that embodies to its fullest a sense of belonging for each person that is an intentional and integral practice at the core of who we are.  

Our campus is a welcoming place rooted in love where many voices, experiences and identities come together to live out the Gospel Teachings of the Catholic Church, the Little Virtues of Salesian Spirituality, and the legacy of our founders, the Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary.

At Visitation School, diversity and the practice of honoring and including people of all backgrounds and life experiences strengthens our human family. Race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, gender, sexual identity and religious beliefs are examples of the differences that enrich who we are as a diverse family under God’s care and love.

What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love and an ocean of patience.

St. Francis de Sales