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Rhodora J. Donahue Academy of Ave Maria:
The Donahue Academy of Ave Maria is a Private K-12 Classical School in the Catholic Tradition serving Ave Maria and the greater Naples areas of South Florida. At the Donahue Academy we strive to Provide a Classical Education which is structured and integrated, not only the transmission of knowledge but also the integration and synthesis of information. Our curriculum focuses on the acquisition of knowledge through reading by focusing whenever possible on original texts and classics.

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Classical Education:

Photo of Private School in Naples, FLThe Donahue Academy of Ave Maria offers a carefully structured curriculum, focusing on the great books, emphasizing reading and language (including Latin) and delivered with a pedagogical emphasis appropriate to the students' developmental abilities. Dorothy Sayers in her important article on classical education, The Lost Tools of Learning, referred to this as "teaching with the grain." The subject matter is structured, sequenced, and repeated over a period of years, growing ever deeper into details and increased depths of synthesis.

History and literature, music and art are studied in a complementary context. Science instruction also follows a similar four-year pattern of biology, earth science, chemistry, and physics. Each iteration of the discipline and subject matter increases in depth and scope as the student advances through our school and is constantly challenged to connect existing information and ideas to new information, insights and challenges.

Dr. Dan Guernsey, Ed.D. - Headmaster:
Dr. Guernsey is a graduate of the Saint Ignatius Institute (a classical great books program) at the Jesuit University of San Francisco where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English. He holds a Master’s degree in English from U. C. Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in school administration from CSU Fresno. He earned his Doctorate in Education at Eastern Michigan University, specializing in educational leadership. He has 17 year's experience working in Catholic schools, both nationally and internationally, from kindergarten to graduate school, as a teacher, consultant, principal, dean, and president.

K-12 Classical Education which is broken down into 3 stages:

- The Grammar Stage (Grades K-4)
- The Logic Stage (Grades 5-8)
- The Rhetoric Stage (Grades 9-12)

Location:
The Donahue Academy of Ave Maria is located in the town of Ave Maria, serving Ave Maria and the greater Naples areas of South Florida. The School is located about 2 blocks north-west of the Oratory Church just three-tenths of a mile down Seton Avenue.

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Address: 4955 Seton Way, Ave Maria, Naples, Collier County, Florida , USA
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