Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy
Press Release


CONTACT:  Becky Johnen, Head of School

DATE:  February 28, 2006

HEADLINE:  Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy’s Faith in Our Future Campaign A Success

As a result of the resounding success of the Faith in Our Future Campaign, which exceeded its goal of $750,000,   the Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy Board of Trustees, at its meeting last night, gave its unanimous support for the school’s continued operations in 2006-2007 and beyond.  Head of School, Becky Johnen, attributed the success of the campaign to the hard work of the Sisters of the Visitation, faculty, staff, students, parents, friends, and alumnae.  “We are extremely grateful to all who have contributed to this endeavor so that the legacy of the Sisters, of Mount de Chantal, its outstanding alumnae,  and its fine academic programming can continue for years to come,” said Johnen.  “In particular, appreciation is extended to the many alumnae who really came through for their school.”

While working on the campaign, the school also developed and began implementing its plan for fiscal stability and institutional viability.  Board Chair, Michael Kelly, states, “In addition to the school’s academic programming for its Montessori  preschool, elementary, and secondary programs, this plan addresses nine components:  development, new revenue generation, cost cutting measures, facility restoration and renovation, partnerships, admissions, marketing and public relations, financial aid, and grounds. 
Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, an independent Catholic school, is now registering students for the 2006-07 academic year.  Named by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) as a model school, one of 45 model schools in the country, Mount de Chantal is the only school designated as such  in West Virginia. Since the Academy’s founding in 1848 by the Sisters of the Visitation, academic excellence and an emphasis on character, values, and personal responsibility have been hallmarks of a Mount education. Smaller class sizes foster a more one on one approach to learning in a co-ed environment for Montessori preschool and kindergarten and the elementary program (1st - 6th grades).  Research cited by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools ( proves that girls perform better in math and science in a single-sex learning environment.  The Mount’s secondary program provides that environment for young women in grades 7 through 12 and offers a rigorous college preparatory education with an extensive selection of courses in math, science, English, social studies, religion,  foreign language, fine art, and music among others.  For more information about a Mount de Chantal education, please contact Michelle Cottrell at 304-233-3771, ext. 347 or visit our website at