Visitation of Our Lady School

Carolyn Levet - Principal

Inspiring Catholic Faith and Principles While Encouraging Academic Excellence

Visitation of Our Lady School

Carolyn Levet - Principal

Inspiring Catholic Faith and Principles While Encouraging Academic Excellence

School Overview

School History

VOL School in 1965

Visitation of Our Lady School opened in 1965 under the direction of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and remained under their leadership until 1986 when Mary Kitterman became the first lay principal. The school has grown considerably since its inception and currently services over 750 students in Pre K-3 through 7th grade. Visitation prides itself on the reputation of preparing students spiritually, academically, and emotionally for success in future endeavors. As a Catholic elementary school, Visitation strives to integrate the teachings of the Catholic Church with academic principles in developing each unique child. We provide a strong basic curriculum along with spiritual and moral nurturing. Visitation is dedicated to teaching children with varied learning abilities and has been at the forefront in recognizing and accommodating children with different learning styles.



Visitation of Our Lady Catholic School is Louisiana State approved and accredited by AdvancEd / Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). A well-rounded curriculum is offered and emphasis is placed on individual needs and learning styles in an environment that stresses Christian values. Students are challenged to develop a firm foundation in lifetime skills.

School Characteristics

  • Average class size is 25 students
  • Gymnasium with theatrical stage
  • Family-like atmosphere
  • High standards of achievement and behavior
  • Consistent enrollment
  • Low teacher turnover rate
  • Standardized test scores are within the national norm
  • 12 staff members are former Visitation students
  • School board to assist in long range planning
  • Faculty and staff frequently attend conferences and workshops to broaden their knowledge base
  • Either the mother or father of 1/6 of the student population attended Visitation


  • Religion is taught daily as well as incorporated into all aspects of the curriculum and the students' day
  • Students attend weekly Mass
  • Stations of the Cross during Lent
  • Monthly Adoration
  • Grade level Grandparents' Masses
  • All religion teachers are certified or working toward certification
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation is frequently offered
  • Children's Mass every Sunday at noon

Guidance Program

  • Full time guidance counselor
  • Parenting seminars
  • Individual and small group guidance


  • Full-time technology director
  • Campus wide computer network
  • All computers have Internet access
  • Internet activity is filtered for content
  • SMART Boards in all K - 7 classrooms
  • Hatch iStartSmart computers and tablets in kindergarten
  • Telephone voicemail
  • Website:
  • Teacher webpages with homework link
  • Every 1st - 7th grade classroom has two computers
  • All classrooms equipped with LCD projectors
  • 80 Google Chromebooks
  • Two computer labs
    • One lab has 30 computers used for research skills and general computer work
    • The second lab has 30 computers used primarily for skills reinforcement
  • PlusPortals used in 1st- 7th grades
  • Parents receive school announcements via email and an automated messaging system.

Middle School Program

  • Honors classes available
  • 5th Grade is included as part of the middle school
  • Exploratory classes (Study Skills, Art, Computer, Speech, P.E.)
  • Extra-curricular activities and clubs
  • Sports program
  • Interdisciplinary teaching
  • Before and after school tutoring
  • 12 seventh grade students qualified for the Duke University Talent Search (95th Percentile ranking)

Early Childhood Programs

  • Early childhood facility for 2 & 3 year olds
  • Montessori based programs in Pre-K
  • Theme-based and developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Low student/teacher ratio
  • Classrooms have the benefits of teacher assistants

Language Arts Lab

  • One of the few Catholic schools with a program to address the special needs of students with reading and language difficulties
  • Classroom is equipped with computers with reading & language educational software

Other Features and Programs

  • Family-like atmosphere
  • Celebration of Catholic Schools Week
  • High standards of achievement and behavior
  • Standards Based Curriculum
  • Science Lab
  • Before & After school care with a homework room
  • Landscaped prayer garden
  • After school art classes available
  • 28 fourth, fifth and sixth graders qualified for the Duke Talent Search
  • Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)
  • Active scouting programs for boys and girls
  • Choir (4th - 7th grades)
  • Girls On the Run
  • ThinkerKids

Parental Involvement

  • School Board
  • Co-Op (Parents' Club)
    • Monthly meetings
    • Fundraisers
    • Sponsored activities include:
      • Living Rosary
      • Family Halloween Celebration
      • Christmas Events
      • Keep Christ in Christmas Contest
      • City Park Night
      • Family Bingos
      • Annual Cajun Festival