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Mendota Heights, MN
Students enrolled: 603
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2455 Visitation Dr
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

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(651) 683-1700
(651) 454-7144
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October 07, 2014
I attended this school from kindergarten to 12th grade graduation. Looking back, I am thrilled at the ethics that were installed in me through elementary school, but the treatment I was given in high school was near traumatizing. Like many teenage girls, my parents discovered I was severally depressed and had me diagnosed my junior year - however, the schools reaction to my condition was despicable. For something so rampant in teenage girls, they should be more qualified if not at least somewhat accommodating to the problem. Instead, they threatened to suspend or expel me do to absences spent in a hospital while receiving treatment for the medical problem. I later found out that another classmate of mine had been hospitalized for depression and given the same threat because of her "unexcused absences". If by chance they have made huge strides in this area since my graduation, I still recommend caution when considering this school. Money equals status here, so if you come from a low income family it could become VERY difficult for your daughter to be treated equally by the school administration. Students with money are protected above others and given special privileges. Be wary.

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2014
GREAT SCHOOL.. ABSOLUTELY LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THE SCHOOL AND STAFF! Would definitely recommend the school

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
Our daughter started at Visitation in early childhood. We were so impressed that we kept her there through 12th grade. The teachers are exceptional -- not a bad one in the bunch. We also loved the sense of community there. Vis was instrumental in shaping our daughter into the person she is today. She's a leader. She also knows about to work with a variety of people and personalities. And she's the type of kind and gentle person anyone would want to have among their friends. Sending our daughter to Vis was a financial stretch for us, but it was well worth every dollar spent. Now that our daughter is in college, I can see the return on our investment. She is well-prepared for the rigor of college. She knows how to organize her time. And, she can handle almost any situation that arises. What more could a parent want!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
I have been a parent at Visitation for the past 13 years. I will be forever grateful for the education my children received. The exceptionally committed teachers, academic excellence, extra-curricular opportunities, and faith-filled community have been such a blessing. I encourage anyone that is thinking of a private education for their child (ren) to check out Visitation.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
As an alum and current parent, I am so grateful that my children have the opportunity to be educated in the Sisters' home. As a parent of Lower School and Upper School students, I see how each one is truly valued for the unique person that they are, with their individual gifts and talents being nurtured and celebrated. The academic preparedness is second to none. I am experiencing that with my junior as she looks at where she will attend school when she graduates from Visitation. The opportunities that will be available to her seem to be endless. One of the things I appreciate most of all about a Vis education is that our students develop a grateful heart, not one rooted in entitlement, but rather gratitude for all that they have been blessed with. It is a huge sacrifice for our family to send our children to Visitation, but I can think of no greater gift that we could give our children.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
No school is perfect, but Visitation was a great fit for our daughter for high school. She attended 9 - 12. It is very academically challenging and there are high expectations for every student. I don't agree with some of the comments relating to wealth or status. In fact, very few students discuss or care about that (perhaps their parents do per the comments below). They are too focused on the demands of homework and activities getting them ready for a great college experience. You will find status seekers in any school. But uniforms, no make-up or boys and kids spread throughout the metro all contribute to anonymity - not status. Their philosophy stresses inclusiveness and social teaching with care and service to others in our community - things I wish all schools focused on.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2012
I went to Vis for 7-12 grade and sent my kids here for Montessori. I sent both my sons here for Montessori, but would NEVER send them for grade school. I walked those halls as a parent for 6 years (3 kids) and it's not the place for boys. Check it out for yourself. Go sit in the kindergarten for a morning. As a high school girl, my blue collar parents sacrified near everything to send me here. It got me educated, yes, opened worlds of poetry and art and manners to me, thank God and God bless the sisters. But many of the girls I went to school with were just too spoiled wealthy to provide anywhere for a girl who shopped at Kmart and Target to find her drive or identity... I remember vividly one of the seniors, talking about where to go on their senior trip saying, "NOT Hawaii... I am SO SICK of Hawaii..." The clothes, the cars, the vacations... all too much the focus. The best thing about Vis was the sisters: graceful, loving, educated women who made me feel loved every day. Sadly, they are not a part of the Vis education as much any more. My own daughter started 7th grade last year. Not at Vis.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
As an alum of Visitation, I have nothing but great things to say about Visitation. I went to Vis from grades 8-12, and my experience was extraordinary. I did not appreciate the education I was receiving as much until I was in college because I was so well prepared. The student-teacher relationships are great, and the teachers are always there to do what's best for the student. I have made life long friends at Vis, and the community so close knit. Everyone is always there to help everyone.

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2012
My wife and I researched many quality schools prior to choosing Visitation for our children; we were initially drawn to Visitation because of the high quality academics (looking specifically at lower and middle school entry points) as well as the Catholic faith aspect of the educational experience. Having been at Visitation now for over three years, we are fully satisfied with our school choice. Visitation combines high academics, outstanding administration/faculty/staff, and incredible facilities with a supportive family community. Our children are challenged and happy, and our entire family has developed friendships that extend far beyond the school day. Thanks, Vis!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2012
Not a good school for boys (lower school). The schools Principal leadership are not honest and will lie to protect the people who contribute the money. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL! Contact a former teacher prior to considering this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2012
Having just spent the holidays with my daughter after her first semester in college, I can only say "Thank you Vis!" The transition from high school to college academics was so smooth thanks to her college-prep experience at Visitation. The all-girls aspect boosted her confidence and helped her find her voice. She received over half her tuition in financial grants at Vis and did not feel like she was less important than those paying full tuition. If you ever wonder if the price tag is worth it consider this: The 70 girls from the class of 2011 received $7 million in MERIT scholarship offers. Our daughter received $150,000 herself. Pretty good return on our investment in her at Visitation. Take a look at Vis if you want the best for your daughter (or son in the Lower School).

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
My daughter entered as a Freshman and we couldn't be happier. The academics are strong, the families are warm and welcoming, the staff are nuturing and loving. Our daughter is making life long friends and has the opportunity to explore many avenues for sports, choir, clubs, and outreach. We are so pleased with our choice!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Visitation has provided our family with a true sense of community; the relationships fostered at the school are second to none. The academics are strong, extracurriular offerings rich, and leadership opportunities plentiful. We are thrilled with the education our children are receiving at Visitation.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
This Catholic school is very political and has Its own set of rules like the church. This school will protect the families that they feel have something to offer especially money. The children of these families are protected and they have different behavioral standards for the children with something to offer and for those who don't. The school will make your life difficult if your child doesn't get along with a protected child. The school will cover for the bad behavior of a protected child so the reputation of the school and the high profile parent is not tarnished. Make sure you fit the profile before you consider sending your child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I have had three children attend Visitation from Montessori though Middle School (boy) and Upper School (girls). Visitation exceeded our expectations and prepared our children for the 'real world.' We would highly recommend Visitation to others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
I have two sons who attended Visitation and could not be happier with their educational experience. Visitation educates the whole child and my boys have thrived in the community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
Visitation is a superb school, with excellent teachers and a supportive parent community. My children are fortunate to attend Visitation.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
My daughter is in her second year at Visitation. The all girls environment is nuturing, challenging and fulfilling. She loves the school and the staff is excellent. Changing from a public junior high experience to Vis was the best choice for her. She will never go back.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I had the greatest 4 years of my life at Vis - I would want as many students as possible to experience the generosity of the sisters and the overall philosophy of the educational system.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
I went to Vis for 6 years and it really prepared me for College and beyond. I would strongly recommend this school to any parent or girl considering it, and I will definitely be sending my kids there!

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2008
I went to Visitation for a total of 3 months before giving up and going to another private school. It was a very difficult school for a person who isn't impressed with money and status. I wasn't well off, my parents were. I wanted to go to a school that followed Christ's teachings and didn't allow girls to act as though they were 'special' only for the reason that they could afford to go there. And don't be fooled by the financial aid. In less than a week it was clear who could and couldn't afford the tuition and the girls were treated as a lower class person. Very sad to see. If you want your daughter to be in an enviroment that stresses financial wealth (shown in their tuition alone) and teaching girls that they are somehow better than others, then give it a try.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 24, 2008
Visitation offers unparalleled academics, a top notch culture, tremendous sports and social activities, and opportunities for girls (at the upper school) to lay the framework for their success later in life. The school is co-ed through grade 7. Visitation is continually innovating, and is growing to meet the demands of a global economy, from Chinese language offerings to a heavy emphasis on science and math. I am a highly satisfied parent, and my children love the school no less.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2007
I loved Vis, and I recoomend it to anyone looking to give their daughter an experience that challenges them in more ways than just the demanding acedemics.

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2007
Visitation is a very close-knit community. They have a wonderful staff and empower young women to be the best that they can be. The only downside I found at Visitation was the lack of a merrit-based scholarship program. Their scholarships are based on financial status only, which could drastically limit the number of talented young women in attendence.

- submitted by a former student
May 08, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
September 12, 2006
Great school for the young developing christians! beautiful campus and nice people!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
I am an alum of Vis, and can think of no other place I would want to enroll my children in. The sense of community, family, values, hard work, accompianed by an outstanding faculty make the choice for me. The 2005 graduating class has over 20% attending upper tier colleges and universities. The level of involvement is high from parents, alum, sisters, and staff.

- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2003
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Visitation is an independent, Catholic day school, founded by the Sisters of the Visitation in 1873. The school is coeducational from our Montessori Preschool classroom and up through sixth grade. Visitation is the ONLY all-girls private secondary school (Grades 7 - 12) in Minnesota. Visitation is owned by the Sisters of the Visitation, who govern it in cooperation with a Board of Trustees. It is supported by tuition and endowments.

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Convent of the Visitation School
2455 Visitation Dr, Mendota Heights, MN  55120
(651) 683-1700
Last modified Convent of the Visitation School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Convent of the Visitation School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top