For many year, Thornton- Donovan School in New Rochelle has concentrated their curriculum on a particular country or geographical area. In the past they have focused on South Africa, Iceland and Mongolia. This year, the 170 student body will be immersed in the culture of Israel. Thornton- Donovan students, from all different religions, will have a choice of electives in the music, art, history, politics and literature of the Holy Land.
Annemarie Licini, Assistant to Headmaster Douglas E. Fleming, Jr., explains, “The Thornton Donovan education is customized to a students’ interest and talent. We have small classes and perspectives are challenged daily through culturally themed courses. This year we are focused on Israel.”
Established in 1901, Thornton Donovan is one of the oldest private schools in Westchester and offers progressive education for academically talented students in grades K-12. Known locally as, “The Little Red Schoolhouse,” the school’s mission states, “Thematic education, learning through discovery. We are individually focused and globally engaged.”
“We are planning to depart April 18, 2020, for a 15 day trip to Israel,” Licini says. “We invite the Junior and Senior High School students to tour Israel as a group with an optional Rome extension. So many students have signed up. The students are showing so much interest and parents and grandparents are signing on to go, too.”
In Israel, some of the planned tours the students will take include visiting the Old Port of Jaffe, touring Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Nazareth, Kibbutz Hagoshrim, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Tzfat, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem and Masada.
In anticipation of the trip, special guest speakers are planned to speak at the school to coincide with what the students are learning about Israel. Field trips are also being scheduled.
The Thornton- Donovan School, proudly acknowledges that it, “has been recognized for its support of students with high academic potential by the John Hopkins University Center for talented youth, which identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners world-wide.”