Ascend Public Charter Schools provides an extraordinary liberal arts, college-preparatory education to students in educationally underserved communities in Brooklyn — New York City’s most populous borough. Our overarching mission is to place our students firmly on the path to success in college and beyond, offering them an opportunity to transform their lives and the lives of their communities.
Nine schools in Central Brooklyn
Founded in 2007, and having opened its flagship school Brooklyn Ascend Charter School in 2008, the Ascend network today comprises nine schools in the Central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, and East Flatbush. This school year, nearly 4,000 students in kindergarten through 10th grade from these and surrounding Brooklyn communities will benefit from the private school-caliber education Ascend schools provide.
Our schools at-a-glance
|Ascend Public Charter Schools||Grades served||Opening date||CSD||% free and reduced-price lunch||% of color||Number of students|
|Brooklyn Ascend Lower School||K-4||2008||18||80.8%||98.0%||710|
|Brooklyn Ascend Middle School||5-8||2011||17||87.6%||97.8%||412|
|Brooklyn Ascend High School||9-10||2015||23||69.3%||99.2%||137|
|Brownsville Ascend Lower School||K-5||2009||23||84.6%||96.7%||709|
|Brownsville Ascend Middle School||6-8||2013||23||80.3%||98.6%||294|
|Bushwick Ascend Lower School||K-4||2010||32||85.6%||97.6%||557|
|Bushwick Ascend Middle School||5-7||2015||32||81.7%||96.5%||257|
|Canarsie Ascend Lower School||K-4||2013||18||72.0%||97.2%||557|
|Central Brooklyn Ascend Lower School||K-3||2014||22||84.1%||95.9%||345|
A rich curriculum available to all
Ascend Public Charter Schools offers a rich, varied, rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum, in a warm, supportive, and joyful culture. All Ascend schools occupy inspiring, light-filled, privately-leased facilities. Ascend schools are open to all students by lottery—with no admission criteria other than New York City residence—at no cost to families. Ascend schools serve all students and actively seek to fill every available seat.
Ascend succeeds when our students discover a passion for learning and master essential knowledge and skills, both academic and social. Performance on standardized assessments, both at the national and state levels, are critical measures of our work—as are annual surveys of our parents and students.
New York State Common Core assessments, grades 3-8
In 2016, our results on the New York State exams demonstrated the power of Ascend’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum, inquiry-based instruction, and supportive cultural model which promotes independence and agency. In grades three to eight, the percentage of students found proficient or advanced in English language arts (ELA) rose from 25.3 in 2015 to 39.6 in 2016, a gain of 14.3 percentage points, and in math from 31.7 to 41.1, a gain of 9.4 points. In comparison, New York City Department of Education schools grew 7.6 points in ELA and 1.2 points in math.
In 2016, Ascend schools outperformed their host district schools in every school, grade, and subject by an average of 15 percentage points, and the average proficiency of students in Ascend schools exceeded the average proficiency of students in New York State and New York City in both ELA and math.
New York State Regents exams, grade 9
Brooklyn Ascend High School demonstrated impressive results on its first New York State Regents exams in 2016—its inaugural year—confirming the value of our unique educational and cultural approach during the critical college-preparatory years. Eighty-three percent of students passed the Common Core Algebra I exam and 86 percent passed the Living Environment exam. These results would have placed the school above both the city and state results in 2015. The algebra results are higher than 91 percent of charter schools across New York State last year.
Student survey, grade 9
Favorable responses to our first high school student survey are high, and deeply encouraging. Ninety-four percent of students agreed with the statement “I am planning to go to college,” while 92 percent agreed that “My teachers like and care about me,” and that “My classes in this school really make me think.” Eighty-six percent agreed that their teachers “nearly always show their excitement about what they are teaching.”
Parent survey, grades K-9
Ascend families appreciate the benefit of an Ascend education. In spring 2016, 91 percent of parents responding to a survey—including parents of children with special needs—expressed satisfaction with “The education my child has received this year,” and 92 percent with “The overall quality of my child’s teacher this year.” Ninety-two and 91 percent, respectively, agree with the statements, “I feel respected by my child’s principal,” and “[the school] promotes family and community involvement in the school.”