Donoho Difference

ALL SCHOOL – Grades PK4 – Twelfth Grade
  • Donoho was one of the first to be dually accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). 
  • Donoho is a member of the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA).
  • All members of the faculty are accredited by standards of SAIS/AdvancED and their teaching field.  Seventy-one percent (71%) of the faculty have earned graduate degrees.
  • Private music lessons are offered to students in grades PK4 – twelfth grade. They have the opportunity to study piano, strings, guitar, and voice with various private music teachers on campus during the school day. Students may take a lesson during PE, recess, or study hall once each week. Over thirty percent (30%) of our students participate.
  • A highly qualified guidance counselor is available and active in working with all students – grades PK4 – twelfth grade.  Students enjoy a weekly character education lesson with the counselor on topics ranging from friendship to getting organized.
  • A state of the art technology infrastructure, strategically designed to be in support of, rather than in place of the teacher, is in place with a fiber optic backbone connecting all buildings, and 10 MB Metro fiber connection to the Internet. The program includes wireless access campus-wide, including athletic fields.
  • An interactive state-of-the-art website provides information on scheduled school programs and activities. Included is a syllabus updated weekly reviewing all academic assignments and scheduled activities for all students – grades PK4 -12th grade.
LOWER SCHOOL – Grades PK4 – Sixth Grade
  • PK4 and K5 programs with an academic emphasis – far beyond a daycare or playschool curriculum.
  • Foreign language exposure including French in grades K - 4 and Latin in fifth and sixth grades by qualified teachers – not volunteers.
  • Art instruction scheduled weekly, beginning in K5, taught by a highly qualified art instructor – not volunteers or classroom teachers. In addition to studying major artists and the elements of art at age-appropriate levels, students get to work with such diverse media, such as tempera, oil pastels, watercolors, chalk, pencil, pen and ink, colored pencils, acrylics, ceramics, weaving, monoprinting, and collages.
  • Music instruction scheduled weekly, beginning in K5, with a highly qualified music teacher – not volunteers or classroom teachers.
  • Technology exposure begins with our PK4 class, and formal computer science classes are taught beginning in the fourth grade. Students are able to study various areas of technology in their regular classrooms, as well as through the school’s computer lab. All classrooms have filtered internet access, which students and faculty use for research and to view the school website for the most current school information.
  • Physical education with a curriculum that stresses lifelong fitness is scheduled daily in the Lower School with a highly qualified P.E. teacher – not volunteers or the classroom teacher.
  • Private and licensed extended childcare service on campus is available after school hours using school facilities, thus eliminating the need for transportation to other facilities for working parents.
  • Achievement tests administered annually as a means of assessing the school program, as well as student progress, produce mean class scores consistently ranking above the ninetieth percentile. 
UPPER SCHOOL- Grades 7-12
  • 100% of our graduates have enjoyed college acceptance to the finest colleges and universities in the country.
  • For the past ten years, the Donoho School has had more National Merit Scholars than the total of all the other Calhoun County schools combined.
  • For the past seven years, graduating classes have averaged a composite score of 27.0 on the ACT (21.0 national).
  • All students complete a minimum of three high school years of foreign language taught by qualified and experienced instructors.
  • Students may enroll in advanced courses such as physiology, chemistry, physics, as well as dual enrollment and AP opportunities in all disciplines, with highly qualified and experienced instructors.
  • Intersession is a one-week program of off-campus career exploration, educational trips, and on-campus enrichment course options which offer students practical experiences not possible within the confines of the normal classroom situation.
  • Over 85% of all students participate in co-curricular programs (e.g., athletics, performing arts, visual arts, academic clubs, and service organizations).