As a former student of Visitation, I can honestly say they did not give me anywhere near an adequate foundation for high school. The academics were mediocre + the teachers had no ability to motivate the students. The grades of the students are usually high because they reflect the simple curriculum + teachers carelessness when grading. Since the grades don't reflect the academic placement of the students, they get into good high schools + continue on to struggle as they experience life outside the walls of VA. During freshman year I had to learn how to write an essay correctly because Visitation had not given me the proper education needed to organize my ideas and write a proper paper. Another issue with Visitation is the small classes. Not only is it all girls, but there are very few students which makes the classes very cliquey. There have been countless cases of girls fighting and tension within the classroom. Many of the girls struggle being put into new social situation in high school due to the lack of exposure to others throughout their school experience. Also, the school has no sports despite its huge grounds. There aren't great clubs + the school productions are mediocre.
I have a daughter in middle school and I am so pleased with the teachers dedication and concern for their students. Upon graduation, they attend the best high schools with scholarships and honors. I find the teachers to be very dynamic and engaging; they do an exceptional job in preparing their students for high school. The schools progress is always posted in the local newspaper for everyone to see. The principal as well as her teachers believe in what they do and they do it well.
Ask a Visitation graduate and listen to the intelligent articulate description of how her Visitation education was a great foundation. Visitation alumnae are not only successful in life, but generous and kind, they are standouts in the most positive way.
Teachers are lazy and barely try to support the kids education. The lower school is exceptional while the middle school is lacking in teacher quality and enthusiasm. The middle school teachers seem to read off of a page then try to engage and teach the students. The school is in a financial crisis and asks for more money every week, without improving or bettering the school. I am very disappointed in the principal who makes the school seem like it is the only good school in the area. I could find a much better education somewhere else. I will be taking my child out next year for sure.
Great school! Girls are happy, bright and articulate. Great vibe throughout the halls of the school. Teachers are first rate. Not sure what some other parents are talking about.. My girls started at pre-school and are almost graduated. Visitation 8th graders get into some of the best high schools throoghout New York City, and with many scholorships to boot. School grounds are acres upon acres and comparable to any Westchester campus. Visitation is the the best kept secrect in Brooklyn!
Stay away ! The staff is unprofessional including the principal and they get mad when parents ask questions.The school is in a financial crisis and every week ask for money.It is not worthy. The school does not belong to the Diocese.
As a mother of 2 Visitation girls I highly recommend the school. It provides an academically challenging atmosphere and empowers girls to succeed. Classrooms are equipped with Smartboards and laptops.Students are provided with every opportunity to succeed. Teachers are wonderful, oftentimes helping students on their lunch hour. The principal is an intelligent and nurturing woman, she is always available for the girls. The Sisters are a loving presence around the magnificent grounds. Well worth the tuition!
The staff is not professional and is not up to date with current teaching methods. The school is overpriced for what it offers. I would not recommend this school. The positive reviews seem to be provided by school insiders who are looking to provided and inaccurate description of the school.