My son went here from pre-k 3 through 8th grade and every year it was a new problem. One year he had a teacher who favored the girls, almost every year he would end up in trouble for defending himself against bullies while nothing was done to them despite a "No Bullying" policy. I tried to pull him out in 5th grade, but he begged me to let him stay. When he got into 7th grade, he had an English teacher who pushed him so hard that he now hates to read, which used to be one of jis favorite hobbies. The teachers think nothing of manhandling the older kids to get them to the office without finding out the whole story when there is a disagreement or fight during break or lunch. And when you go to the principal, she gets offended when you are upset over the treatment your child receives at the hands of her teachers. Bottom line, if you don't brown-nose the principal by giving monetary donations or your time, your child will not be treated fairly. My child was an honor student who tried to stay out of fights, but when got pushed around too much, he exploded. Also, if your child has any kind of disability, don't send them here. They don't have to comply with any disability acts. My son was ADD/ADHD/Impulsive and with the exception of a few stellar teachers, they just didn't care.
Visitation is a wonderful school. They are very organized and help keep parents very involved in all thats going on. I love every teacher my daughter has had. She has attended VOL since kindergarten and is almost finished 3rd grade. The teachers notice and encourage there strengths and talents and help them continue to grow. I am very happy I decided to let my child go there and have been impressed ever since.
Visitation is a great school. The teachers are caring and the principal keeps you informed of the upcoming important dates. All the homework is found on the visitation website. I heard some negative comments said about visitation like, Visitation focuses more on religion than any other ciriculum which is so untrue. Religion is a subject just like Math, reading, spelling etc.If you dont wont your child learning about religion then why did you send them to a "Catholic School"? I love the school and so does my daughter.
I've read the reviews, especially the negative ones. One says the school only focuses on religion. One is VOL lacks in religion. It's quite confusing. My daughter is in 4th grade. She's in the top 99% in reading by Terra Nova tests. All other categories are above average and most in the 90s percentile. She started in K not knowing how to read or write. Most of what she's learned, she learned at VOL. She's never gotten less than an A on a report card & is challenged daily even though classes aren't separated by student's grades until 5th grade. She's been accepted to Duke University's gifted/talented program & has won 1st place for the last 2 years at Acad of Our Lady's academic fair. While it might just sound like bragging, this was all possible because the VOL teachers & staff make education top priority. Not every student is an honor student but no matter what level your child is on, they are definietely pushed to their full potential. We absolutely did not like her 3rd grade teacher. We felt she missed too much school & wasn't focused on the kids at all but it didn't seem to affect my daughter's grades. I went to VOL in the 80's & they've only gotten better with time.
My daughter attended VOL from pre-k3---8th grade. This is an excellent private school. I don't know why parents complain of lack of education in this school because I never encounter that problem. As far as asking for money for this or that, what school doesn't. Public school isn't as cheap as everyone thinks it is. My daughter was well prepared for high school and she graduated this year from a Catholic High School well prepared for college. My husband went to VOL and one day when I have granchildren I know that they will attend VOL. Great principle, staff, and students. I would highly recommend this school to everyone.
My child has been at this school for 4 years and I have always felt that the teachers are truely working in his best interest, even when I am pressuring him to do more. I have come to appreciate the idea of age appropriate learning, pacing, and activities. I am also apart of the staff. An element that keeps me at this school is the "progressive spirit." This is the one school consistently searching for ways to improve our school, our kids, and our community! Everyone is involved! I have always and will continue to supplement my childs' learning experience because I firmly believe that parents are the first teachers. I recognize that quality is worth more to me than quantity. I do believe that my child"s teachers have laid the foundation for him to be a successful person. For parents who are dissatified with the VOL experience it is unfortunate. I have had students rejected from other schools because of their learning styles. We welcome all learners and all levels because that is our mission! As for the teachers we must be certified, many of our teachers have or are currently working toward Master Degrees, and all teachers are responsible for acquiring hours every year!
I sent my child here for 3 semesters and felt like they were missing out on very important things that they should have been taught. I find the school is based a little to much on religion and needs to focus on the education of the children that are going to struggle in the real world when they leave here. My child was never sent home with homework and I would double check the webpage to verify. When she went back to her original school she had been at since she was 2 she has struggled to keep up on the English curriculum and my A-B child is finishing her 4th quarter out with an F because she fell so far behind. I believe in the religion part of education but religion is not going to get you a good foundation when these children leave out of this school and enroll in schools they are not prepared for.
I am very unhappy with this school. My son isn't learning on level. Compared to the public schools in the area his class is Months behind. I can't believe that they are that far behind. I pay so much for my son to go to this school and I DON'T FEEL like I am getting what I am paying for. (Or maybe I am I m paying for his grades. He is learning less and the tests seem pretty dumbed down to me). I found out recently the teachers at this private schools do not have to be certified teachers. I can't believe they actually have lower standards for the teachers then the public schools do. My son will not be returning and my daughter was just registered for Kindergarten at the next school over our local public school. At least the public schools won't rob me blind with fees. This schools fees are absurd.