Ave Maria Offers an Abundance of Educational Opportunities
Public education gets very good grades at Ave Maria, in fact, they get straight-As! Students who live in Ave Maria attending Collier County Public Schools are zoned for Estates Elementary School, Corkscrew Middle School and Palmetto Ridge High School on connecting Oil Well Road. All of these public schools are A-rated by the Florida Department of Education and the Collier County Public Schools District is ranked #3 in the state of Florida. Children living in Ave Maria and riding the public schools bus transportation are picked up and dropped off daily at convenient locations within the community. Visit the Collier County Public Schools for more information. Future plans call for an elementary and middle school to be constructed in the town of Ave Maria.
Within Ave Maria itself are several private schools including the Rhodora J. Donahue Academy. A parochial school for grades K-12 delivering a classical education based on the Trivium and Liberal Arts. Established in 2007, the Donahue Academy is a co-educational college preparatory school with over 240 students and was named one of the top 50 Catholic High Schools in the U.S.. Ave International School is a progressive preschool providing quality educational academic experiences inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. This early childhood program utilizes a child-centered, inquiry-based approach to learning. Ave International School offers a unique language immersion program, providing children the opportunity to build a foundation for bi-literacy in one of the three languages: Mandarin, Spanish or French.
For higher education, Ave Maria University, founded by Tom Monaghan of the Domino’s Pizza fame, is an accredited institution offering one of the finest classical liberal arts curricula in the area, as well as specialized study in all of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The university’s superb faculty, challenging curriculum, professional staff, and a student community where it is easy to form lasting friendships, provide graduates with a training that empowers them to step out into the working world as future leaders, with a solid understanding of contemporary challenges, and a strong confidence in their own intellectual training and foundation. Offering 29 majors, 23 minors, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theology and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theology.