Who We Are & Why We Are Different

Since 1891, Visitation Catholic School has upheld the Catholic-Christian tradition of excellence in education. If you are a parent looking for a safe environment for your young student to learn, grow and thrive Visitation is the place for you.


We provide a rigorous curriculum for children from Pre-K through 8th grade, satisfying Illinois State Education Standards and providing an education founded in faith, learning, and emotional well-being. Small class sizes, excellent teachers, and before and after school programming provide students with individualized attention, empowering them to succeed.

We are proud to offer an exceptional support system for our students and parents. Through our No Child Left Behind classroom, collaboration with United Stand Counselors, volunteer tutors, and extracurricular activities we build a foundation to ensure our students’ success. If you have any questions about our curriculum, extra-curricular activities, scholarship programs, or student success, please feel free to contact us.

Our Philosophy

We believe that Catholic education is an expression of the mission entrusted to the church by Jesus Christ. We strive every day to realize the threefold purpose of this mission: to teach doctrine, to build community, and to serve. Through collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators, students, and the church we come together as a community of faith.

Collaboration is at the heart of our ministry and we believe coming together as a community of faith is essential to student success. Visitation Catholic School students learn through a holistic approach to education to be contributing members of their community. Becoming intellectually competent, morally and spiritually informed, and emotionally healthy in their relationship with God, the world around them, and each other.

We are a compassionate community that serves, prays, and learns together. We work daily to bring our students closer to their future, inspiring a passion for learning, peace, justice, and personal holiness in each student.

Our History

In The Beginning:

In 1891, six Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters left their Wisconsin motherhouse to hold classes for one-hundred and seventy boys and girls in a crowded church basement. Visitation Catholic School quickly outgrew the church basement as enrollment grew weekly. In 1903 a school building was erected to meet the growing need of the Parish. Life along The Boulevard was vibrant and Visitation was the center of the Irish Catholic immigrant community that flourished on the Southside of Chicago. Visitation Catholic School grew to serve more than 2000 students annually from 1905 to 1965, opening a Girls High School in 1915 to provide additional services to the community.


The Present and Future of Visitation:

Today, Visitation offers education for Preschool through 8th grade, before and after-school programs, extracurricular, social-emotional learning, and athletic activities. In addition to these programs, Junior Scholars, Student Leadership Programs, and collaboration with United Stand Counselors offer ways for your student to grow in both education and in faith.

Our school building offers thirteen classrooms, a music room, a gymnasium, library, lunchroom, auditorium, a designated “No Child Left Behind” classroom, and our state-of-the-art Frank and Frances Guinta Computer Learning Center. 


We are a multi-cultural community build on collaboration and faith. We pride ourselves in being a part of the Chicago Community and welcome all children and families regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin.