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Visitation Academy Interparochial

Visitation Academy began in 1958 as the parish school of Our Lady of the Visitation in Paramus.   In 1991   Sacred Heart Parish in Rochelle Park and Annunciation parish in Paramus joined OLV and the school became known as Visitation Academy Interparochial.

Today, not only does Visitation draw students from these parishes and surrounding areas, but also students from other regions.

Visitation Academy’s Mission Statement reflects our goal; to create an affirmative environment conducive to successful learning with Jesus as our center, responding to the call asking only this:

“to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with our God.”   Micah 6:8.

Visitation Academy was re-accredited by the Middle States Association in 2010, recognized as a high performing school by the National Catholic Education Association and in September 0f 2012 received National Blue Ribbon Status from the Department of Education in Washington DC.   The Blue Ribbon School’s Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap.The Academy’s scores on the 2012 Terra Nova testing places the Academy among the top 15 percent of schools in the Nation in Reading and Mathematics.  

Visitation Academy’s curriculum is designed to provide a well-rounded Catholic education with an appreciation for today’s technological advances.   Weekly student liturgies, morning prayer assemblies, seasonal prayer services and daily religious education classes place God at our center. The Computer Program provides a variety of strategies to introduce and develop tech skills from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8. In the Science lab, hands on experiments and projects are key elements to the Science program. Visitation’s strong academic program is enhanced by Language Programs, Physical Education, Art and Music. Bergen County Services provide supplemental education to qualified students.After school programs are offered in Self Defense, Cooking, Instrumental Instruction and Study Skills.

Achievements of the students are reflected in a variety of ways, some of which are mentioned in the Visitation Academy website.   Ninety-eight percent of graduates are accepted to the Catholic high school of their choice and many receive academic scholarships.

Throughout the academic year, our children are encouraged to develop a variety of interests through: Student Council, Participation in Liturgies, Field Trips, Mock Trials Essay and Poster Contests, Band Concerts, Christmas and Spring Concerts, Visitation Voices, Spring Track, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, CYO Basketball and Cheerleading.

The Faculty and Staff are New Jersey State Certified with a number holding a Masters Degree in their specific field. Professional Development is an annual requirement and complies with State standards under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Newark.

222 Farview Avenue   |   Paramus, New Jersey 07652   |   201-262-6067
Pre K3 through Eighth Grade