School Profile



Principal:              Dr. Dan Guernsey
Vice Principal:     Mr. Ron Garcia


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 340, with about 90 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 football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, soccer, and track.

Admissions Policy:  Admission to Donahue Catholic is selective. There are waiting lists at several grades. 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.

Terra Nova Standardized Test National Percentile Test Averages

2nd Grade 69th
3rd Grade 58th
4th Grade 78th
5th Grade 83rd
6th Grade 71st
7th Grade 78th
8th Grade 83rd

Junior PSAT National Percentile Average 80%

Statistics on Graduates

Class of 2021= 16 graduates
College Attendance=100%
English 634
Math 592
Total 1225
National Percentile Ranking 80%

High School/CEEB Code:  100048


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 Option)
  • English II (Honors Option)
  • English III (Honors Option)
  • English IV (Honors Option)
  • History Requirements
  • World History (Honors Option)
  • Western Civilization (Honors Option)
  • European History (Honors Option)
  • American History (Honors Option)
  • Government (Honors Option)
  • Economics
  • Biology (Honors Option)
  • Chemistry (Honors Option)
  • Physics (with Honors Option)
  • Advanced Science Topics
  • Geometry (Honors Option)
  • Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus
  • Pre-Calculus or Calculus
  • Calculus (with Honors Option) or Statistics (with Honors Option)
  • Theology1: Creed
  • Theology 2: Sacraments
  • Theology 3: Morality/Life Skills
  • Theology 4: Prayer/Apologetics
  • Rhetoric
  • Logic
  • Physical Education
  • Fine Arts Appreciation
  • Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin IV, Latin V
  • Spanish I, Spanish II
  • Studio Art


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.

Partial List of College Acceptances:

Ave Maria University, Assumption College, 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, Emory 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, George Mason University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech.), Hillsdale College, Hope 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, McCallister,  Merrimack College, Newman College of Ireland, Ohio State University, Penn State, Scranton University, Southern Methodist University, St. Bonaventure University, St. Edwards College, St. Francis University, St. Johns University NY, St. Leo University, St. Louis University, St. Mary’s,  St. Olaf, Stetson College, Syracuse, Temple, Texas Tech, The Virginia Military Institute, University of Central Florida, University of Colorado, University of Connecticut, University of Dallas, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Hawaii , University of Kentucky, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of New Hampshire, University of Notre Dame, University of North Carolina, University of North Florida, University of Rochester, University of St. Thomas (MN), University of South Florida, University of Southern California, University of Tampa, University of Texas, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, Western New England University, Wake Forrest, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Xavier University


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.