Offering PreK through 8th grade, Visitation has been teaching students in Tacoma since 1925.
We are the only Catholic STEM elementary/middle school in the Northwest.The education your child receives at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy offers a unique perspective on the moral, ethical, and responsible use of science, technology, engineering and math.
From programming Finch robots in the STEM lab to challenging language arts lessons to creative outlets such as band, drawing and drama, the school promotes interactive learning with strong Christian values.
VCSA teaches students to integrate Faith and Reason in the study of real-world problems. Flexible tuition payment plans and need-based scholarships available.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked WA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 120 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,042
  • Acceptance rate: 92%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Visitation Catholic Stem Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
120 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade
Visitation Catholic Stem Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code
(school uniform)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Discounts for in-parish and multiple children. Tuition assistance available.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Margie Mykland
Admissions Associate
Margie Mykland


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
10 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Robotics (periodically), student council, yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
advanced band, beginning band, dramatic and musical productions

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Volleyball

School Notes

  • Visitation Catholic STEM Academy prepares students to engage the world of today through its focus on science, technology, engineering and math. VCSA students learn to integrate faith and reason in the study of real-world problems, to understand how the world works through science, the arts, and religion, and to live out their Catholic faith in service to the greater community. VCSA  and the Visitation parish community work in collaboration with multiple partners to 1) Integrate STEM across all curricula; 2) Solve problems and think critically in all course work; 3) Discover and explore beyond the boundaries of our classrooms; 4) Employ new technologies and design solutions to real-world problems; 5) Inspire connections between questions of faith and reason; 6) Create connections to humanities such as languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and visual and performing arts; and 7) Incorporate affiliations with local businesses, the military, and industries in aerospace and technology throughout the greater Puget Sound. Offering classes in PreKindergarten (with a Reggio Emila-based curriculum) through 8th grade, VCSA has a flexible tuition payment model and need-based scholarships.  Before- and after-school care is available.

School Reviews

My four children have been attending visitation since they were in pre-K. The diversity of the students, the caring of the staff and the amazing community make it a worthwhile endeavor. Since the stem program has started my kids have done more project-based learning and have grown in their math and science skills more than any of there friends and family in public school. The administration works hard to make tuition affordable and you always know what is going on within your student's classroom because of the constant communication. The new principal is in his second year and is amazing.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked WA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 120 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,042
  • Acceptance rate: 92%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Tacoma, WA is $11,217 for elementary schools and $14,661 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Tacoma, WA is 91% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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