Donahue Academy Wins Spot on the Catholic Education Honor Roll
Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014 19:25
The Rhodora J. Donahue Academy has once again been awarded a coveted spot on the Catholic Education Honor Roll sponsored by the Cardinal Newman Society, one of 71 schools in the nation to be so recognized. According to Donahue's headmistress Regina Code, new to the school this year, high standardized test scores, small class size, impressive college placement, participation in the Florida High School Athletic Association, and an excellent college prep program for the students were all factors in the achievement.
Mrs. Code said the credit for the honor, which was based on evaluations of the school's past year, belongs to former headmaster, Dr. Dan Guernsey and members of the school community under his leadership
According to Mrs. Code, the approach to learning that goes on at Donahue was a factor in being selected for the recent honor.
"Students don't simply learn one thing to then go on and learn another, but academics here are geared to cultivating the wholeness of the person. Faith isn't relegated to one period of learning in the day, but is intertwined into all academic studies." Adding that there's daily mass, she summed up, "It really is a faith-based community."
Code noted how pleased she was when another Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Venice, upon learning of Donahue's achievement, sent a bouquet of flowers to the academy. "It was an example of good sportsmanship, a way of saying, 'Good for you.'"