Forest Grove, OR 97116
About This School
In 2010, Visitation School had 11 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Oregon average is 20 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Visitation School Reviews
I am biased. I love this school. I am a parent of 2 children at VCS, (Visitation Catholic School).
We would highly recommend the school. It is small enought to be personal. The class size is excellent for teacher student ratios. The teachers are parents themselves, and it shows. Small class sizes means that each family knows the others. Families are expected to take an active role in your child's education as well.
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: The children start SPANISH in Kindergarten and continue through 8th grade. MUSIC once a week. PE is still offered. Dedicated LIBRARY time. ART. COMPUTER SKILLS classes. SCIENCE Fairs, and a winner of OMSI Science excellence in 2010. FIELD TRIPS! Yes actual educational field trips! OUTDOOR School! CLASS PARTIES ! Wow! We still celebrate Christmas! Easter! Valentines day! Thanksgiving! and Halloween! - and the kids learn the real reasons for the seasons, not just a watered down versions that the big MegaMarts want you to believe. It's not always about toys and candy.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: CYO (Catholic Youth ) Sports - co-ed opportunities as well as single sex sports. Basketball (Girls and Boys). Volleyball. Field and Track (co-ed). I'm sure there is more, but I don't keep up.
Afterschool Educational - Lego Robotics, Lego Bricks and Blocks (?) it is for younger children, mine are mid range now. Young Rembrandts (art), Choir, Chess, there are others but I am drawing a blank now. I allow my two to choose only 1 per semester so that they are not overwhelmed.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT: You are expected to participate at school. It is best to know this ahead of time. Each parent is required to volunteer aproximatel 20 hours / school year. Part of those required hours are the big school fundraisers like the rummage sale (1st weekend in March) the auction (second Saturday in May) and the Verboort dinner (1st Saturday in October). You will probably get about 12 - 15 hours right there. And these events are fun! For the big dinner people come year ater year from all over the STATE! and Country!. I've met people who make an annual event to come down here and visit from Alaska! The auction, What's not to like?
Each parent is also required to participate in the Scrip program. What is that you ask. Scrip can best be described as purchasing gift cards for the face value. ??? What?! you say? ----I buy Safeway scrip for $100. I get a gift card for $100. -- but the thing is, the companies sell the scrip to the schools for less than face value. So that $100 gift card I purchased, and get full value for, the school bought for $95.00, and they get the $5.00 difference as the benefit. ????? What???! you think? ------------- That difference is a fundraiser. One that my child does not have to sell door to door, or have you hitting up your co-workers for worhless wrapping papers, or cards, or cookie dough, or Entertainment books. I'm not schlepping my child door to door. I just think ahead and buy scrip before we head out the door for groceries, gas, restaurants, movies, clothing, etc.
UNIFORMS - Such a bad term. Yes, we wear uniforms. My children like it. There are 2 colors of Dockers type pants. Khaki/sand and Navy. And there are 3 colors of polo shirts. Red, White, and Navy. (Oh sure there are other items, sweaters, dresses,plaids, shorts etc.). But a stack of Blue slacks and polo shirts are a simple way to avoid the "I don't know what to wear". There are free dress days, and it includes a modesty clause, but even that is not difficult to follow. Uniforms are the great equalizer. Everyone is wearing the same thing. There is not the haves and the have nots.
Interested? Gve he office a call. Visitation is a GREAT school.