Saturday School occurs once monthly between September and May. This is a 6-hour day where students engage with each other in academically rigorous programming in preparation for the ACT. In addition, students learn civility and participate in culturally enriching programs. This also includes a review of their test scores, course grades, and evaluations from their teachers, providing a more comprehensive picture of specific interventions needed with each student.
The Rally is a high-energy, motivational day that allows students to participate in fun competitions that challenge them to display what they have learned. Students are awarded and recognized for outstanding achievement. This also challenges students to practically apply the knowledge they’ve obtained to real-world situations. Students will participate in Math Olympics, Spelling Bees and VoCreate (a game that challenges the students to use ACT vocabulary words in a creative manner, i.e. songs, skits, videos, human crossword puzzles, etc). Students will compete on teams that consists of students from their high school, providing an opportunity for positive interaction once they return to school (Bafile, 2008; Coccari, 2011).
The state of Arkansas has approved the COMPASS as a secondary placement exam. COMPASS is a computer-adaptive college placement test that the program will use to:
- Diagnose students’ academic deficiencies for targeted intervention
- Evaluate incoming students’ skill levels in Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Math, and English as a Second Language
- Place students in appropriate courses
The Donaldson Academy connects students to the resources they need to achieve academic success.