Visitation School, located in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, is an independent Catholic school for boys and girls in Montessori preschool through sixth grade and a college preparatory school for young women in grades seven through twelve. Following the teachings of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal, Visitation encourages the Salesian attributes of gentle strength, thoughtfulness, courtesy, and healthy optimism. Since 1873, Visitation has "provided an excellent education in a Catholic environment permeated by Salesian spirituality. The Sisters of the Visitation and the Board of Trustees believe that every student who gains admission to Visitation should be able to attend Visitation, regardless of their family’s financial status. This year, nearly one third of Upper School and one quarter of the entire student body receives need-based financial assistance totaling over $1 million; all thanks to the generous supporters of our school.