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200 East 2nd Street
Frederick, MD 21701

(301) 662-2814
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February 20, 2015
We love this school! My daughter started Pre-K 4 here this year and we couldn't be happier with our decision! The staff here is amazing, every teacher knows every student by name. Mrs.Clark, the Pre-K 4 teacher, is wonderful and does an amazing job with keeping parents up-to-date on what is going on week to week. The only downfall I have noticed so far is the class size for the older girls. There are only a handful of 8th grade girls this year, which is great for academics, but not so great socially. I would 100% recommend this school, especially for primary school-aged girls.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2015
THE BEST GIFT YOU COULD GIVE YOUR DAUGHTER(S)!!! Every girl should have the opportunity of a Visitation education and experience. I have 3 daughters who attended Visitation. The academics are great. My oldest daughter started high school and tested into all honors classes. STEM is a big focus for Visitation, and the future looks bright. The dance (although some view as outdated) and public speaking (for the older girls) are classes that are offered to enhance the Visitation philosophy "empowering young women " Never would my 3 or 4 year old, nor my 6 year old have had the confidence to speak or perform publicly without these enrichment programs. My daughters left Visitation strong and confident. My girls are competitive on all levels, and have been empowered with the knowledge that they can do anything and do it well. Visitation may as well have invented the slogan #likeagirl! The staff here is the absolute best. These women are kind, caring, nurturing, and above all, would do anything for their girls. I knew my girls were always safe and loved inside those walls. There is no finer place in Frederick to educate your daughter.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2015
This school has been amazing for my daughter. The teachers are very well educated. She is very engaged in learning and comes home with a lot of great knowledge! I am very pleased with the diversity at the school as well, it is one of the most diverse private schools in the area. The teachers know all the students, this creates a nurturing environment. We are not Catholic and have never felt "left out". Our daughter participates in what is appropriate and there is never any pressure to do things that are outside of our comfort zone. I am very glad we found this school and look forward to many years here!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
Visitation Academy has recently been accepted as an International Baccalaureate Candidate School for their Middle School. This program enhances the already strong academics by providing additional methodology and resources for faculty and students alike, reinforcing an already strong focus on STEM. My daughters have flourished academically and grown into young women I am honored to know. The balance that is achieved between academia and citizenship is truly remarkable to see. Whether it's in a classroom or on a sports field, these girls have a strong sense of self and work well as a team. If you are looking for a school that educates the whole child, this is it. The Faculty and Staff have truly dedicated themselves to helping each student reach their full potential. The Board of Directors meets with parents in order to maintain open lines of communication. This policy extends to the Principal and Executive Director who also meet with the parents regularly and both maintain an open door policy.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
The truth is the academics are very weak. The math and science programs are not on par with state standards. Given the amount of tuition that we pay, I believe my daughter is being short-changed. The new middle school math/science teach is horrible. It's as if she has not taken a single education course let alone science/math course. Very disappointed and aggravated. My daughters time has been wasted at the Visitation Academy. I understand that the school is attempting to improve their academics --but I fear it is too late for the older girls. Unless administration is planning on offering summer school and after school courses to ensure the girls are prepared for high school they will certainly be behind. Friends that have left Visitation and attended area public/private schools have all been behind in math.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
This school came highly recommended but we're considering sending not sending our daughter back in the fall. Visitation ensures that the girls receive what I feel is good religious instruction, however, the academic side of things seems condensed and rushed. The language classes (Spanish and Chinese) are timely and very important, but the school should end the tap classes. The dancing skill doesn't really seem to improve much from grade to grade. I'd rather my child use that time for more language, math or science study. A hot lunch program is in place but the girls have to gulp their food down in 15-20 minutes. I'm sure a lot of the little kids must not get to finish. The half-days are maddening as is the jumbled together aftercare bill. I don't understand why the bill is not itemized. Speaking of aftercare, I'm not thrilled with the set-up and activities. We may have to find an alternate program. What we've paid toward the 2013-14 may end up being a donation. The jury is out for now. We have a lot to think about.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
As a parent I have not been pleased with the school administration and board of directors. The school is very vague on their finances and how monies are distributed. They are always asking for money and tuition continues to rise, yet.t textbooks are difficult to obtain. . The teacher's credentials are not available to parents.. I know some teachers do not even hold a bachelors degree. While the campus is beautiful my daughter's education and experience has been a disappointment .

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
I am very disappointed in this school. The school claims that students of all religions are accepted but they do disclose the required Catholic practices that will involve your child. Students are forced to pray the rosary and recite Catholic prayers. They require off-site field trips that force students to participate in Catholic Mass. They even encourage non-Catholics to go to confession. These requirements do not show respect or acceptance of other religions.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
I have spent the greater portion of our time as this school trying to figure out what the administration is thinking when they make decisions. I am beyond tired of 11:30 half days...for so called teacher development. Just give the girls the day off. It makes no sense that you receive a bill. for child care fees..that is not itemized. After Care Fees need to be spelled out EXACTLY. The day the service was used and what times. Due to the less than transparent financial practices, it is no wonder the school has no money. Although, I am sure the school has the best of intentions...forcing the girls to participate in the science fair is not a way to encourage the girls to pursue the sciences. I believe another parent suggested the Lego's programs, robotics and a science club. Do away with the Tap program. That one day of Tap could be devoted to an extra lesson in math or science. I really wish the administration would venture out into the area and visit other schools for ideas for how to better structure their school day. As I search for other options I am amazed at the many viable options Viz is overlooking.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
The current state of this school is disappointing at best. The schools governing board demonstrates no interest in parent feedback, issue resolution, ethics or academics. The administration burdens parents for food, money and time to support social related activities and fundraising. The administration spends little time ensuring academic excellence in core subjects such as Math, Technology and Science.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
What a gift this school is to educate young girls in character and academics. Where else can you find a Catholic school that their students attend daily Mass!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
The school claims to be strong academically especially in Science and Math. I do not see it. Yes, the girls are required to participate in the Sciene Fair. But that is a parent assisted project. There should be more science and math opportunites available at the school. A science club, Lego Robotics competition team, Destination Imagination team, a math club, and a chess class. Many of these clubs/teams could be head by a qualifying parent. A bit disappointed that the school is happy with staying stagnant.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
We are so happy with this school for our daughters and cannot recommend highly enough. The focus on science and math and small class sizes as well as Spanish, Mandarin and Tap for all levels is fantastic. Very affordable for a private school with great teachers and a real sense of community among the parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2011
Visitation claims to be gentle and humble but I found the opposite to be true. When I had specific questions about my daughter, the teacher never had time to speak with me. The teacher was even annoyed that I asked her anything. As soon as I would begin to speak, she would cut me off immediately. This happened on several occasions. I also found that there was a lot of favoritism. When another parent, apparently from the in crowd , asked the same teacher a question, she would patiently listen to her and answer her questions. When I brought this situation to the assistant principal s attention, I got the same, don t bother me attitude from her. She told me that the principal would give me a call to discuss the matter, but the principal never called. The school also seems to be in a deep financial crisis because they would ask for money every week. The money, according to them, was to pay for the heating bills. Now if the school needs money just to pay for basic necessities, how could it invest in the tools necessary to prepare the girls for the 21st century?

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
amazing school!!!!! amazing experience!!! I know my daughter has made great friends and the teachers not only teach them school subjects but life lessons all around great school

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
I do not understand how a parent in Pre-K 3 can pass judgment on a 140 year old school being in "fast decline" or "headed in the wrong direction". Based on what prior experience? During the years my daughters have been at Visitation, the school and its volunteer board have admirably accepted responsibility for, financed and steered the school through a significant transition in administration due to the retirement of the nuns. From where things stood just 2 years ago (not withstanding the economic crisis), the school is undeniably on more solid footing and strives to raise the bar. Given the change, the previously mentioned lapses in communication are understandable, forgivable and easily fixed. It does little to diminish the fact that over the last few years the students and teachers have been recognized for outstanding performance in regional and statewide competitions in the sciences, maths, spelling, athletics . . . you name it. I get one shot at setting the bar for my daughters' educational experience. The rich tradition, special history, campus, strong academics and school pride are priceless. Great school, aiming for even better!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
My daughter has been a Viz student for four years. Each year we become more and more convinced that choosing Visitation was the best possible decision for us. Though the school has been in transition administratively since the sisters left, the academic tradition of the school has endured and blossomed. The girls thrive academically, socially and spiritually--the faculty is really first rate and every teacher knows every student's name! The school recently won a technology grant and now each classroom has an interactive "smart" promethian board. I am looking forward to seeing how this new tool will enhance the presentation of the school's already challenging curriculum, particularly in science and math--subjects in which the girls regularly win county and state competitions. I believe the new principal is a great asset to the school, and that she and the board are taking the school in the right direction. I would invite anyone interested in a first rate education for their daughters to take a tour and decide for themselves whether Viz would be right for them.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
Wait a minute . . . I am a parent, and I know the school is going through very disruptive changes at this time. Yes, the VA has provided an exceptional education to our young ladies, our daughters. However, the current administration, the principal, and the board of directors are taking the school in the wrong direction. Our daughter is upset with recent changes in the classroom -- mainly PreK3 -- what happened? Very poor leadership and a lack of clear communication. We are finishing the year and taking our daughter to the regional Catholic school next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
This school is a sparkling gem among the choices that Frederick County offers for young women! My daughters have attended for the last few years and they are happy and thriving. I couldn't disagree more with the previous post regarding the Admin and the Board of Directors. The school has a new Principal who is challenging the teachers to bring more to the classroom. There is a Promethean (Smart) Board in each classroom which promotes more interactive learning, and the middle school girls have just won several awards in the Math/Engineering and Science areas. This school meets each young lady where they learn and optimizes their potential while instilling in them the virtues of self respect, honesty, integrity, love for self and neighbor and giving to those less fortunate. The price is a bargain compared to others and offers a full day program for both PreK3 and PreK4, not just day care! I know my daughters are well cared for in an environment that is fair and challenging academically. Great school and I recommend it highly! Visit for a tour and see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
Visitation has an enriching program with sound academics that has surpassed our expectations. The teachers are nurturing and competent. The girls develop bonds and a sense of community . There is so much enrichment in their everyday school experience. The faculty and administrators know the girls by name. My daughter learns strong basics plus tap dance, Chinese, Spanish, Library, public speaking and much more. All of this was taught at a very appropriate developmental level with lots of fun in small class sizes. Values and manners are taught. Our experience has been exceptional. There is not enough space to describe all the special experiences that go on at this school. Some special activities are Father/Daughter dance, Mother/Daughter tea, Apple Dumpling Day, Tap and Christmas recitals, May Procession. I believe Visitation is an undiscovered gem in Downtown Frederick. Excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
My daughter started Visitation in their pre-k 3 program and it has been a wonderful experience. And as it turns out, it was less expensive than Kindercare! She is currently in pre-k 4 and loving it. She takes tap dance, chinese, gym, and chorus in addition to the more traditional curriculum. There is a wonderful play area both inside and out and they often go for walks in downtown Frederick to local parks or to the public library. The teachers have been excellent: nurturing and educating the students and communicating with the parents. I cannot say enought wonderful things. I only wish they had a school like this for my son in downtown Frederick.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
Visitation has a strong math program which has benefited my daughters in preparation for high school. Specifically, the older of my two daughters tested into geometry as a freshman. The exposure to courses not ordinarily offered to public school students, i.e. tap, public speaking and religion. The emphasis on small class sizes and single sex education was a benefit to our daughters.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
The academics of this school are wonderful. The teachers are caring and provide a loving environment which in turn makes the girls excel at their studies. My daughter is starting her 6th year and we couldn't be happier with her education.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
I have 2 daughters at Visitation, one in Pre-K and one in second grade. I could not be happier with the education they are receiving. They have homework every night, so they are establishing good study habits at an early age. The curriculum includes Spanish, Art, and Tap Dancing, so the girls are very well rounded. I couldn't be more proud of my girls as they learn a foreign language or perform at the annual tap recital. They are also getting the sound moral foundation that a Catholic school can offer. The school has a new board of directors and a new principal who are committed to improving and expanding the facilities. Anyone familiar with Catholic schools understands that they can't compete with the money thrown at newer public schools, but I don't have any complaints about the historic campus. I would recommend Visitation Academy for all girls.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2007
My daughter recently graduated from the Visitation Academy after nine years and is doing very well in high school, thanks to the wonderful support she previously received in this school. The school offers a wonderful community where, due to the small classes, she had a chance to prosper from the individual attention she received from her teachers. Their caring, helpful, and firm techniques of teaching is something that not many schools can offer and helps strengthen the girls to be strong students in high school. Another benefit of the small classes is the chance to grow close to the other classmates. In fact, my daughter and her graduating class referred to each other as sisters. The school also recently sent a letter home to parents asking for volunteer s to help in the classroom and as substitutes. Parents also have the ability to volunteer as aids in class field trips. I have also noted of an effort to improve the facilities in the school. Since last year they have added a science laboratory and are now working getting a soccer team and new computers for the computer lab and maybe the library. I highly recommend this school for anyone who needs extra attention because the teachers are always willing to stay after school for an hour or two to help tutor students. This is also an excellent choice for those students who are talented and gifted. Because of the raised grade average (an A is 93% not 90%, a B is 83% not 80%, etc.) helps the students to work harder to achieve better grades. The Visitation Academy also received the highest IOWA testing scores out of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which clearly shows their dedication to providing a well rounded academic school for all of the children.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
A wonderful environment for girls of all ages. Our daughter's have attended for 4 years. The classes are small and the girls are given undivided attention. The school uses Power School so parents can view their girls grades daily and can email the teachers immediately. A weekly newsletter comes home on Fridays informing the parents of upcoming and current events. This isn't the school for a parent who needs to constantly be in the classroom. Since I've been a parent involved in the school, I have chaperoned field trips, worked on the Bookfairs, Bazaars..etc. There are opportunities for parents to be involved in the school but it does require participation! I would highly recommend this school to any parent looking for a quality, Catholic education!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2006
I am very unhappy with the Visitation Academy. There is a huge lack of communication between teachers and parents. I feel like I am sending my daughter to a boarding school 100 miles away everyday because I don't have a clue as to what goes on. I feel that parent's should be allowed to visit and participate more in the overall fuctioning of the school. We don't even get to meet the other parents. This is my daughters first and last year.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
My daughter loves Visitation! It has been an excellent school for her. She attended another private school from K-5. She is currently in 8th grade. Upon entering Visitation she was behind in Science. Her science teacher tutored her weekly to help her catch up. The middle school teachers are excellent. The Math and Science curriculum are advanced. We just received her IOWA scores and in Math and Science she was in the 91%. We compared her beginning 6th grade scores which were 63%. They spend a lot of time on Grammar, Spelling and Vocab. The school is allowing more parent involvement due to a new school board. Extracurricular activites are limited. The girls learn to work hard and become disciplined. Most learn how important Education is. I highly recommend Visitation!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
Small nurturing environment for girls Pre-K - 8th. Excellent caring teachers, small classes.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
I think that Visitation is a good school for girls to go to for their first few years but I noticed the teachers were not very good once my daughters were past 3rd grade. I also think that they were a bit deprived of what went on outside of the building, and they needed to offer maybe a sport.

- submitted by a former student
August 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
This is my daughter's 5th year at Visitation and we couldn't be happier about the education that our daughter is receiving. The class sizes are small, the staff and principal are top-notch and the environment is warm and loving. There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer - fundraisers, field day, holiday parties, etc. In today's world it is wonderful to have a secure building that not just anyone can get into.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
My daughter loves this school! Visitation Academy is an all girls school where the Principal and staff truly care about the girls. They are firm but fair, approachable and supportive. The class sizes are small and eventhough the curriculum lacks some of the frills you might find at other schools, it is academically strong and the tuition is reasonable. There's not much opportunity for parent involvement (which by the way was not a drawback for us because we don't have time to volunteer), but some opportunity to lend a hand is available during the Christmas season. I feel good about dropping my daughter off at this school each day.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2004
Visitation offers small, single-sex classes in a Catholic environment. However, primarily due to the principal s poor leadership, enrollment has dropped significantly over the past several years. Communication is intentionally poor. Parent access is extremely limited. Parents are rarely invited to volunteer in the classroom, assist with holiday parties, or accompany students on field trips. Since the Catholic education initially attracts many parents, it should be noted that the teachings employ the 1962 catechism and are quite strict ). However, there is an impressive Service of Light at Christmas and a lovely May Procession. The school cannot offer facilities normally found in middle schools: no science labs, language labs, or organized sports, etc. The school cannot accommodate student extremes neither the gifted and talented, nor those requiring extra attention.

- submitted by a parent

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Visitation Academy
200 East 2nd Street, Frederick, MD  21701
(301) 662-2814
Last modified Visitation Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Visitation Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top