For three years I have had the honor of being chairman of the board of trustees of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. While I appreciate the time Post reporter Valerie Strauss took in writing about Visitation, I must take issue with her characterization of the school ["Nuns Keep School True to Its Mission," front page, May 25].

I was amused by Ms. Strauss's description of uniform checks and well-meaning, if slightly naive, nuns. To many of us who grew up in Catholic girls' schools 30 years ago, such anecdotes have a nostalgic ring.

However, although much about Visitation remains recognizable from generation to generation, it would be a mistake to think that the sisters have somehow created a refuge from the world behind the school's walls. A primary mission of Visitation is to be relevant to the challenges of today's world. Thus, the administration and faculty oversee a rigorous academic curriculum, a competitive sports program, extracurricular activities ranging from participation in Amnesty International to a literary magazine and community-based service projects for all students.

The Post's article suggested an insularity and simplistic worldview that has no place in the reality of the Visitation experience. Especially today, when unspeakable violence has invaded our schools, the commitment of the sisters to educate young women of faith, integrity, vision and purpose should resonate with educators and parents alike.

PHYLLIS M. OETGEN

Fort Washington