School Profile

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Principal:               Dr. Dan Guernsey
Vice Principal:     Mr. Mark Jahnke

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY

Student Body:  Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, established in 2007, is a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory, and classical school operated by Ave Maria Parish in the Diocese of Venice, Fl. We are a PreK-12 school with a total student body of approximately 235, with about 60 in grades 9 – 12.  Our more than 50,000 sq. foot facility is located near the campus of Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. We offer a robust sports program including our current status as State champions in full contact 8 man football. We also offer boys and girls’ basketball, girls’ volleyball, girls’ softball, and boys’ and girls’ cross country and track.

Admissions Policy:  Admission to Donahue Catholic is selective. The evaluation of each applicant is based on academic records, standardized test scores, admission assessments, and interviews. Donahue Catholic admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all of its programs.

High School/CEEB Code:  100048

COURSE OF STUDY

Current Course Offerings 9th-12th Grade – There are few electives; all students are expected to take a common sequence in our classical curriculum.

  • English I (Honors)
  • English II (Honors)
  • English III (Honors)
  • English IV (Honors)
  • History Reqirements
  • World History (Honors)
  • Western Civilization (Honors)
  • European History (Honors)
  • American History (Honors)
  • Government (Honors)
  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics (with Honors option)
  • Advanced Science Topics
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus
  • Pre-Calculus or Calculus
  • Calculus (Honors) or Statistics (with Honors option)
  • Theology1: Creed
  • Theology 2: Sacraments
  • Theology 3: Morality/Life Skills
  • Theology 4: Prayer/Apologetics
  • Rhetoric
  • Logic
  • Composition
  • Physical Education
  • Studio Art
  • Music
  • Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin IV
  • Spanish I, Spanish II
  • Shakespeare in Depth Study
  • Shakespeare in Performance

ACADEMIC POLICIES

Graduation Requirements:

Total Required min. GPA of 2.00, min. 24 Credits.  Standard 10 point grade scale.

Given the high value we place on academics and the ability of our students, all courses are taught at what is widely considered an honors level, whether or not they are formally designated as such.  Designated honors courses are weighted .5, as are Florida Department of Education level three classes. We do not offer AP classes.  Students are required to follow a scripted curriculum scope and sequence, with any deviations approved in advance by the administration. The integrated and intensive nature of our curriculum precludes the option of multiple electives. Students advancing from our middle school have taken first year high school Latin and so take second year of Latin as freshmen and third year as sophomores. Seniors are required to write, present, and defend a senior thesis before the faculty and parents. Completion of our complete and integrated course sequence more than satisfies the minimum graduation requirements to meet accreditation standards, which are:

English 4 Credits
Theology 4 Credits
Mathematics 4 Credits
Science 3 Credits
Social Studies 3 Credits
World Language 3 Credits
Health/Fitness 1 Credit
Fine Arts 1 Credit
General Credits 2 Credits

 

Class Rank:  Rhodora J. Donahue Academy does not rank students.

Cumulative GPA is calculated on all high school courses attempted at Rhodora J. Donahue Academy and all transfer credits accepted by the school.

 

STATISTICS ON GRADUATES, INCLUDING THE CLASS OF 2017

Number of Graduates 2017:  13

National Merit Finalists and Commended Students:  In our first ten years of operations we have had 115 graduates. Of this small pool,  3 have been National Merit Scholar Finalists (representing the top 1.25% of high school students on the PSAT) and four have been National Merit Commended Scholars (among the top 3%).  In total, about 7% of our graduates are among the top 3% nationally on the PSAT.

SAT Scores 2017:  The SAT mean for the Class of 2017 was 1169

Area Reading Math Donahue Total Florida Average for Comparison 
Mean 594 575 1169 956

College Attendance Rate:   98%

Partial List of College Acceptances:

Ave Maria University, Belmont Abbey, Benedictine College, Boston College, Butler University, Carroll College (MT), Catholic University, Christendom College, College of St. Benedict, Creighton University, College of St. Benedict, College of William and Mary, Drexel University, Flagler College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Polytechnic University, Florida Southern College, Florida State University, Fordham University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech.), Hillsdale College, Jacksonville University, John Carroll University, Johns Hopkins University, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Loyola University Chicago, Marquette University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Merrimack College, Newman College of Ireland, Ohio State University, Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling College of Art, Scranton University, St. Bonaventure University, St. Francis University, St. Johns University NY, St. Leo University, St. Louis University, St. Mary’s,  The Virginia Military Institute, University of Central Florida, University of Dallas, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Hawaii , University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of New Hampshire, University of Notre Dame, University of St. Thomas (MN), University of South Florida, University of Southern California, University of Tampa, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Xavier University.

ACCREDITATION

Rhodora J. Donahue Academy is accredited by: Middle States Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools, The Association of Independent Schools of Florida, The National Council for Private School Accreditation, The Florida Catholic Conference and The National Association of Private Catholic & Independent Schools.

 

 

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