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English and meet academic requirements for admission. Community service is expected from each student, and they eagerly step up to the plate, spending an average of 133 hours each year in service activities. Like Holy Trinity, both Ascension and St. Mary’s Catholic Schools boast a proud tradition of excellence in education. Both schools utilized the Iowa Diagnostic Skills to measure effectiveness. Unlike the Florida-based FCAT, the Iowa test encompasses academic com-petence throughout the United States. Students at Ascension and St. Mary’s consistently score in the top 10% of the Iowa tests. More than half of all Ascension and St. Mary’s fourth graders qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Search. “It’s quite an achievement for us to score so high,” said Ascension principal Doug Workman, who was named Administrator of the Year at the Diocese of Orlando’s 21st. Century Catholic Schools Awards. “It’s a superior education academically, but just as important is the forming of values that help develop self-discipline and the abil-ity to do the right thing.” The school’s philosophy is that a well-rounded education is based on the spiritual, intellectual, physical, creative, social, psychologi-cal and emotional formation of all its students. Ascension students routinely excel in such critical thinking competitions as the Lego Robotics Future City Challenge. At St. Mary’s in Rockledge, the school is a tightly knit community of faculty, administration, parents and students. “We’re about creating a warm, home-like environment where n   18   n The center of it all

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