About Viz

School Profile

Uniquely Viz

  • St. Louis’ oldest Montessori program (coed)
  • Robust science program
  • French and Spanish part of the Lower School curriculum
  • St. Louis’ only all-girl education for Grades 1-12
  • Graduates attend a wide range of leading universities and colleges across the country and around the globe
  • STEM education begins in Grade 1
  • Engineering and Robotics Lab, Makerspace, Food Science Kitchen
  • Project-based curriculum
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Program
  • Extensive arts curriculum
  • French, Spanish, and Latin part of the Middle and Upper School curriculum
  • 13 Advanced Placement courses
  • 15 College credit courses
  • 75% of students undertake college-level coursework
  • Online courses available for seniors in areas of specific interest
  • Learning trips within the U.S. and abroad
  • 30 clubs/organizations

School Mission

Visitation Academy is a community that exists to educate children and young women and to receive and share Jesus as Mary did in her visitation to Elizabeth.

In an environment which values excellence in scholarship, spirituality, leadership, and service, this Visitation Community encourages students to develop their unique gifts.

As students learn to “Live Jesus” with gentleness, humility, joy, and freedom, they are prepared to continue to grow and to respond to others, the Church, and the global community.

School Profile

Enrollment
Average Class Size
Student : Teacher Ratio
Upper School
307
Upper School
14
Upper School
7:1
Middle School
153
Middle School
14
Middle School
7:1
Lower School
120
Lower School
10
Lower School
5:1

Student Profile

A student who values academic excellence balanced with a well-rounded, school-life experience will thrive at Visitation Academy. Viz students want to be challenged, both academically and personally, and partner with faculty across all departments to explore and expand individual areas of academic, spiritual, and extracurricular interest, broadening their knowledge and experience base to reach their fullest potential. Viz students are poised, intelligent, and self-assured, positioned for success in the classroom, in college, and in life.

Viz students are part of a close-knit school community that promotes collaboration, creativity, and the free-flowing exchange of ideas and allows students to “Be who you are and be that well.” Our student body is drawn from Catholic elementary schools and public junior high schools across the St. Louis metropolitan area, on both sides of the river.

Viz welcomes families of all faiths, which contributes to the richness and diversity of the Visitation Academy community.

Accreditations, Affiliations, and Memberships

  • American Montessori Society
  • Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
  • Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL)
  • Missouri Montessori Association
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
  • Visitation Salesian Network

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for 2020 / 2021
Financial Aid
Upper School
$21,687
Over $1 million awarded annually
Middle School
$20,102
1 in 5 students receive financial aid
Lower School
$17,207
COVID-19-specific financial assistance options
Toddlers*
$4,460 - $17,207
 
Montessori (PreK)*
$11,150 - $17,207
 
Kindergarten
$17,207
 
Grades 1-5
$17,207
 

*Half day and full day options available.

Class of 2020

Number of Students
86
Students Earning National Merit Recognition
8%
Scoring a 31 or Higher on the ACT
37%
Average ACT score
29


Over 90% earned scholarships with a four-year value of more than $14.4 million

Catholic Salesian Spirituality

School Motto: Live Jesus
  • Visitation Sisters maintain a daily presence
  • Prayer Services
  • Weekly Mass & Rosary
  • Retreats
  • First Friday Masses
  • Campus Ministry
  • Adoration
  • Service integral to curriculum

Athletics

  • Competitive yet inclusive
  • Multiple sports choices for students in Grades K-12
  • 75% of Upper School students play at least one sport; 50% play two or more
  • 21 state championships
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