Live Jesus

The Salesian Tradition



salesian_historyIn 1610 in Annecy, France St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal founded the Order of the Visitation. Sisters of the visitation of Holy Mary are called to be Women of Prayer, Women of the Gospel and Women of the Church. In the spirit of their motto “Live Jesus” they respond to this call in a monastic contemplative community. The first house of the Visitation in the U.S. was founded in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. in 1799 and, in 1855 the Sisters of the Visitation came to Brooklyn, New York to educate the girls of the diocese in the arts, sciences and especially in Catholic philosophy and belief. In 1903, the Sisters moved to “Beautiful View” in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, a seven acre site which proved to be a perfect setting for a monastery and school. The facilities of the Monastery and Academy were expanded with the addition of the Sacred Heart Chapel and lunchroom.

Visitation in Brooklyn belongs to the Second Federation of Visitation Schools in the U.S. with headquarters at their monastery in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The Second Federation of schools include: St. Louis, Missouri, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., Brooklyn, New York, Mendota Heights, Minnesota and Wheeling, West Virginia. Another Visitation Academy in Frederick, Maryland is associated with the First Federation of Visitation Monasteries​

salesian_missionStrategic Commitments​

  • To attract to the school families rooted in religious & moral values.
  • To ensure that the school’s program focuses on the development of character, leadership, independence & multicultural understanding in our young women.​
  • To ensure the continued development of technology required to support our student’s viewing themselves as accomplished, confident and technologically educated members of the future.
  • To ensure the financial well-being of the school.
  • To maintain the buildings & the beauty of the grounds.
  • To achieve the goals set for the school’s capital campaign now in progress.

Visitation Academy is a vital part of the mission of the Sisters of the Visitation and the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales which motivates their lives.​

salesian_beliefsThe heart of the Visitation education is respect for the individual. Visitation Academy is a school that is rich in tradition. The charisma of the Visitation community is reflected in the virtues of gentleness and humility that are an important part our Salesian heritage.

Our philosophy emphasizes the total development of each student and respects individual differences. Parents and faculty recognize Christ as the center of our educational mission. In partnership, we provide opportunities for our children to grow spiritually and academically.
A contemporary education rooted in Catholic belief with moral, religious and educational values is a prime concern of our school. A modem approach to education is stressed through the use of innovative technologies, value education and staff development.

salesian_lowerThe majority of children enter our Lower School at age three in our nursery program continuing to 4th grade. We work to ensure each child’s educational and personal success by offering a curriculum that balances intellectual development with social and emotional growth. Our average class size is 20 which enables the teachers to work with the children individually. The curriculum is enriched with music and art offered by practicing artists and musicians.

salesian_middleBeginning in a departmentalized fifth grade, each child is provided with the opportunity to experience educational excellence of mind, body and spirit under the guidance of a caring committed faculty. The middle school program focuses on the development of citizenship and academic skills in order to prepare students for a productive life.