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Visitation Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 235 students

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $595,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,840.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 17, 2013

Visitation School has provided our 2 kids with a great education thus far, decent classroom sizes, and a wonderful safe environment. MOST importantly, our kids are happy and truly enjoy being at school. Also, the principal has made several positive changes in the school since he started and we are proud to be a part of the Visitation community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2013

This school is amazing. The comment from the parent with 1 star must be mistaken. First of all, they offer Algebra and students are going to high school taking Honors Geometry in 9th grade. Also, about the discipline, yes, it is strict. If your child made a wrong decision, there are consequences. Bullying is not tolerated by the principal or teachers and it is dealt with. If your child is responsible for that, then they need to take responsibility. They don't suspend kids for being spritied, they suspend kids for being bullies. I appreciate that my child is safe as a result of the schools strict policies on behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2012

I completely disagree with that last review. This school is everything we would hope it would be and more. We have experience at both local public and other private and this school really is better. However, it is strict and if your child is a bully or gets into trouble a lot the child will get disciplined. If that's a problem for you, find another school. Also, the principal and teachers are amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2012

If your kid doesn't fit the mold she/he will not succeed there! They advertise Advanced Math and Reading Programs ; they are NOT TRUE!! Our child was bored out of him mind therefore getting in trouble. They are not equipped to deal with 'spirited kids and rather than helping parents deal with it they just label them as 'bad' and provide 'independent studies' to the child (suspension). If you are progressive (not regressive) and know your kid needs to be stimulated DO NOT ENROLL HERE! Parents MAKE this school but staff and teachers are not fully prepared.
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Posted April 29, 2012

I agree with most of what has been said, except the part about the second grade test scores. I am a parent of a second grader and their test scores are low. I also personally did not weather the tuition increase well at all. And as you can see from this year, the tuition went up again. I think we should respect that everyone's experience is going to be different and thus our facts will be different too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

I agree! This school has been wonderful experience for my kids. The past two years have been tremendous. Visitation really delivers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

This year has been one of the very best at Viz! The new principal is completely committed to the education of the students, the growth of the school and to ensuring that the best teachers are teaching our kids. He is smart, enthusiastic, spiritual and forward thinking. He is present at school everyday, available to speak with the parents and routinely visits the classrooms and knows all of the students! He handles problems quickly and appropriately and open to suggestions and parent ideas. Along with the new Pastor (who is also great!), Viz is an awesome place for our and your kids to learn and to grow! We love the school and would not choose any other!
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Posted March 6, 2011

The new principal is amazing! We recently moved from another local Catholic school simply because of all the great things happening this year. I have been so happy with the change. The teachers are the best, with credentials and Master's Degrees. The new principal is always there and involved. Also, the parent community we have been introduced to is so welcoming. WE LOVE VISITATION!
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Posted February 16, 2011

It is a wonderful small school that gives their children the attention and tools they need to thrive acedemically as well as spiritually. The principal and staff are always available and truly care about each and every one of their students. It's refreshing and about time I found an "educational home" for my son. I feel very fortunate to have my son attending this school.
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Posted November 23, 2010

The school has recently changed principal. It is so different now. This new principal gets involved in the school's activities. The whole community is thrilled to have him as our new leader. He is hands on with projects, parents and students. This has been a big change that has brought this school to be a better one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2008

Great school. One classroom per grade. Kids are challenged academically and have fun at the same time. Their state test scores show that the kids are above average even though the test is given at the start of the school year unlike some schools that give it almost at the end of the school year. Great new 4th grade teacher! Kids attend mass once a week. Alot of afterschool activities onsite like drama, choir, sports, and tutoring. Teachers care about the students. Most parents are active and involved in the everyday activities. Principal is not too visible but always available when needed. My children have thrived at Viz! Yours will too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2008

Lovely small Catholic school, with nice kids and some very dedicated staff. The after-school program has amazing directors, and the kids thrive there. Straight forward academic curriculum, a lot of love from parents. Administration is not very strong in leadership, direction for different learning styles and problem solving skills. There could be some updating on diversifying the curriculum to address the school's multi-cultural community. Just needs a stronger vision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2007

The parents are the strongest part of this school. Very close knit community who really watch out for each other's children. There have been some strong teachers but there is not consistency across the grades. The administration is weak and there is not coordination and strong leadership within the school. This school has a lot of potential, it's just buried under years of missing leadership.
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Posted January 22, 2007

The educational opportunities at good. Most children are instructed above-grade level and teachers are provided with necessary teaching tools. Although there are many great teachers at the school, we had an experience with a terrible teacher. Leadership by the principal to improve the teacher who we had a bad experience with was lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 37%
Hispanic 33%
Black 23%
Asian 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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School basics

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Christopher Watson
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Track
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  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

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  • Chaperone school trips
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8740 South Emerson Avenue
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