Lower School

A Message from our Lower School Principal

Thank you for your interest in the Visitation Academy Lower School, the area’s only all-girl program for Grades 1-5. I know I am a little biased, but I think I have the best seat in the house when it comes to witnessing the advantages of an all-girl educational environment. What makes this environment so special? Here’s how some of our Lower School educators answered this very question.

“Students are more willing to share insights and ideas in class, give presentations, and ask questions because they know that they are in a safe space among their peers.”

“Students in all-girl schools have the ability to become confident leaders and have the opportunity to fill every leadership role. Not only do they get to participate in leadership opportunities more often, but they are also able to see wonderful examples of girls fulfilling other duties successfully.”

“It helps build the strongest foundation for a young lady. In an all-girl environment, there are fewer distractions for the girls. The girls feel safe and respected, no matter what their ability. With this security, they can then challenge themselves more and even fail.”

“Girls learn best in an environment where they are able to make connections and build relationships. We are able to structure our learning activities to build on these strengths in the learning process of girls, helping them retain information and think critically about it.”

In my opinion, the all-girl environment is an advantage at any age, but the sooner a girl is immersed in this environment, the bigger the advantage she will have. That is because we understand the unique ways girls learn. The educators in our Lower School create a tailored academic experience that promotes curiosity and free expression, makes our girls feel safe and respected, builds confidence and self-esteem, and gives the girls the opportunity to fill every leadership role. Viz girls are poised, intelligent, and self-assured, positioned for success in our classrooms and in life.

Your daughter’s future begins here. Come see for yourself!


Dr. Marlise Albert

All-Girl Program at a Glance:

  • St. Louis' only all-girl program for Grades 1-5
  • Focuses on development of the whole child, preparing students to be lifelong learners
  • Project and experiential-based educational opportunities
  • Reinforcement of crucial learning and life skills
  • Average class size: 14 students; 5:1 student-teacher ratio
  • Numerous extracurricular and athletic options
Visitation Academy is an independent, private Catholic school offering a coeducational Montessori preschool and Kindergarten program, the area's only all-girl elementary program for Grades 1-5, and an all-girl middle school and all-girl high school.
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