Visitation Academy of St. Louis

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Visitation Academy of St. Louis (Viz)
3020 North Ballas Road


United States
Coordinates38°38′12″N 90°26′29″W / 38.63667°N 90.44139°W / 38.63667; -90.44139Coordinates: 38°38′12″N 90°26′29″W / 38.63667°N 90.44139°W / 38.63667; -90.44139
TypePrivate, All-Girls
MottoLive + Jesus
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderThe founders of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary are St. Jane de Chantal and St. Francis de Sales
School number(314)-625-9100
Head of schoolDavid Colón
Faculty53 Full time,
21 part time
85% have advanced degrees
EnrollmentToddler-5: 104
Grades 6-8: 138
Grades 9-12: 304[1] (2015)
Student to teacher ratio9:1
Hours in school day8 hours
Color(s)Red and White         
SongVisitation, We Thy Daughters
Athletics conferenceMetro Women’s Athletic Association
Team nameVivettes
AccreditationIndependent School Association of the Central States
PublicationVizions (literary magazine)
NewspaperPaper Moon
Tuition$19,985 (2017-18)[2]
Admission DirectorSharon Spellman
Athletic DirectorPaul Stoecklin, Lisa Studnicki
Visitation Academy of St. Louis, 2018

Visitation Academy of St. Louis is a private, all-girls, Roman Catholic school in St. Louis, Missouri, in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. It is a work of the Visitation Sisters who founded it in 1833.


Visitation Academy was established in Kaskaskia, Illinois, in 1833 by a group of sisters from the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. The group originated from the Georgetown Visitation Monastery in Washington, DC, and were invited by Bishop Joseph Rosati of St. Louis to start a school in the region.

The school moved to St. Louis in 1844, in part due to flooding in Kaskaskia. The school moved again in 1892 and moved once more to the current location in 1962.[3]


Visitation Academy is divided into three schools: Lower (preschool through grade 5), Middle (grades 6 through 8), and Upper (grades 9 through 12). The preschool is co-educational and uses the Montessori method; kindergarten through 12th grade are for girls only. The Lower School is the only all-girls school at that level in the St. Louis region.[4]

The school is known for its small size. The Lower-Middle School has approximately 240 students; the Upper School approximately 300.[1]


Visitation is known regionally for its rigorous academics. Students participate in the Advanced Placement (AP) program and in St. Louis University's 1818 college credit program.[5]

The school offers classes in Latin, Spanish, and French. Lower School students receive instruction in both French and Spanish. In seventh grade, all girls take Latin; in eighth grade, they choose to pursue either Spanish, Latin, or French for the remainder of their education.[6]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The Lower School competes in the Catholic Youth Council of St. Louis (CYC) in soccer, basketball, and volleyball.

The Upper School participates in the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA). Sports for fall include golf, tennis, softball, cross country, field hockey, and volleyball. Winter sports include swimming, diving, racquetball, basketball, and cheerleading. In the spring, lacrosse, track and field, and soccer are played.[7]

Fine arts[edit]

The Upper School stages several plays throughout the school year, including musicals, dramas, and student-directed plays. The theater program auditions boys from area boys' schools or co-ed schools for male parts, and sometimes recruits girls from the Lower School for child parts, e.g. for the orphans during a staging of Oliver!.

The music program in the Upper School includes a vocal choir, a handbell choir, and a liturgical choir. Two concerts are staged each year, one in the spring and one at Christmas. The Lower School also holds Christmas and Spring concerts.

The school has an art gallery where student work is displayed and, sometimes, sold. Art shows are also held in conjunction with the Upper School Spring and Christmas Concerts.[8]

Notable Alumnae[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Profile. June 20, 2017.
  2. ^ Tuition
  3. ^ "History & Tradition • Visitation Academy". Visitation Academy. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  4. ^ VA. "Employment Opportunities". Retrieved 2010-03-12.
  5. ^ "1818 Advanced College Credit Program : SLU". Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  6. ^ "Language choice" (PDF). Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "Athletics • Visitation Academy". Visitation Academy. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  8. ^ "Performing Arts • Visitation Academy". Visitation Academy. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  9. ^ "Triathlon Inspires – The inspiring story of Sister Madonna Buder "The Iron Nun"". Retrieved 2017-06-20.

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