Academics
Middle School

Beyond the Classroom

Discover Who You Are

While it is true that the Visitation Middle School program is rooted in Visitation Academy’s strong tradition of academic excellence, the Middle School offers students much more than just a challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant curriculum. As we stated previously, the Viz Middle School is all about opportunity.

In our supportive, faith-based, all-girl environment, students are free to explore and expand all areas of interest and broaden their views, whatever they may be. We truly believe each student who enrolls at Viz has her own special set of talents and gifts, and it is our job as educators to nurture those talents and gifts. Students gain a well-rounded foundation for future success and build an inner strength that will last a lifetime.

At Viz, girls are encouraged to grow spiritually and personally as well as academically. Our Middle School students will blossom and thrive as they explore all the opportunities Viz has to offer

Spirituality

An enriching spiritual life is an integral part of a Visitation education. The school’s mission mirrors Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth, her acceptance of Jesus in her own life, and her commitment to carry Him to others. Students strive to “Live Jesus” by reflecting Christ’s gentle strength in their daily interactions. The class day begins in prayer with the words of St. Francis, “Let us place ourselves in the presence of God.” Students deepen their faith and reflect on their relationships with themselves, their family and friends, the larger global community, and their personal relationship with God through Masses, prayer services, retreats, and community service projects.

Service

Service is one of Visitation Academy’s core values and is an integral part of the Middle School experience. Students engage in a variety of opportunities to “Live Jesus” in service to others, the Church, and the global community. They have a voice in the planning, design, and execution of service projects, and have the freedom to choose causes they believe in and are passionate about.

Through service, our students grow in an awareness of the cultural and social differences that make each person unique and have opportunities to live the Salesian virtues of gentleness, humility, joy, and respect, encouraging a lifelong and loving attitude of serving others. 

St. Francis de Sales

To carry God on the tongue with beautiful words, to carry God in the heart with beautiful affections, is not everything. We must carry Him in our arms with good works.

Extracurriculars

Is your daughter a budding artist? Avid reader? Gifted linguist? Future leader? Robotics fanatic? Viz has a variety of extracurricular activities to satisfy all these interests and many more. Here is a sampling of some of the available clubs, programs, and activities your daughter can explore:
  • Art Club
  • Bellarmine Speech League
  • Book Club
  • Campus Ministry Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Crescent/Yearbook
  • French Club
  • Environmental Science Club
  • Latin Club
  • Paper Moon (Newspaper)
  • Spanish Club
  • Spirit Club
  • Student Council
  • Robotics 
  • Vizions (Literary Magazine)
  • Student Ambassadors

Events

In addition to the numerous programs, clubs, and activities available to students in the Middle School, there are several grade-level specific events that take place throughout the school year.

*Students in Grades 6-8 attend this event together.

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  • Grade 6

    • Academic Field Trips
    • Fun Night (with Grade 5)
    • Team Building/Retreat
    • Father-Daughter Event
    • Trout Lodge
  • Grade 7

    • Academic Field Trips
    • Retreat
    • Father-Daughter Event
    • Tremont Institute in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Grade 8

    • Academic Field Trips
    • Celebration Mass and Ceremony
    • Regional Mass
    • Retreat
    • Washington, D.C.
    • Talent Show
    • Cotillion
    • Father-Daughter Event
  • Middle School Events

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Arts

Whatever form artistic expression takes, the arts are essential to the development of well-rounded students. Through art, music, dance, and drama, students are empowered to explore and foster their creativity and discover their unique talents and passions in a collaborative and encouraging environment.

Middle School-specific artistic opportunities include:
  • Fall Musical
  • Middle School Choir
  • Middle School Handbells
  • Middle School Play
  • Student-Directed One Act Plays
  • Theatre Tech Crew
  • Middle School Christmas Concert
  • Middle School Spring Concert and Art Show
For more information about Viz’s robust Visual and Performing Arts program, click here.

Athletics

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, the Middle School athletics program has something for all. Viz proudly offers a variety of competitive, yet inclusive, athletics options including:

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  • Fall

    • Field Hockey (Grade 7 and 8)
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
  • Winter

    • Basketball
    • Racquetball (Grade 7 and 8)
  • Spring

    • Golf
    • Lacrosse (Grade 7 and 8)
    • Tennis
    • Track & Field
    • Swimming
  • Summer

    • Sports Camps 
Unless otherwise noted, sports options are available for Grades 6-8. For more information or to contact the Athletics Department, click here.
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