As public schools, Ascend schools are tuition-free and open to all by lottery on a space-available basis. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, mental or physical disability, athletic performance, special needs, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language, or prior academic achievement. In accordance with the law, we give preference to residents of the Community School District in which the school is located and to siblings of students currently enrolled in the school. We also give preference to children whose parents work at Ascend Learning or one of our schools.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for kindergarten through 11th grade. Once enrolled, a student can remain with Ascend through high school graduation. The deadline to submit an application for the enrollment lottery is Saturday, April 1 at 11:59 pm.
No, there is no entrance exam for our schools. Ascend schools are open to all students. After students are enrolled, we administer diagnostic tests to identify precisely what students already know and can do. In this way, we position incoming students for success from the start.
Yes. Our schools are open to all. Our director of student services, teachers, and leadership teams are dedicated to advancing every student along the path to college. We work with the Department of Education’s Committee on Special Education as appropriate to meet all requirements of a student’s IEP.
Ascend offers a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares students with the skills and confidence to thrive in a diverse and complex society. The curriculum includes math, science, social studies, English language arts, and humanities. Schools also offer art, music, dance, and physical education.
The typical Ascend school day runs from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the school day runs from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Schools dismiss early on Friday to allow for teacher professional development. Students may arrive at 7:30 am to eat breakfast at school.
No. In general, our schools follow the New York City Department of Education’s school calendar.
Our kindergarten classrooms have two teachers in every room. In grades one and higher, we typically have one teacher per classroom, except in those classrooms that offer integrated collaborative teaching (ICT, a co-teaching model) to serve many of our special education students alongside their peers receiving general education.
Our classrooms have between 25 and 30 students.
Once a child is formally enrolled in an Ascend school, s/he will take a diagnostic exam. Designed to help us determine precisely what each student knows and can do, the test requires no preparation. Throughout the course of the year we will use assessments aligned with our curriculum to tell us what our students have mastered, and in what areas they might need additional instruction. We also administer the New York State exams and a nationally norm-referenced test to help measure our students’ achievement compared to their peers across the state and nationwide.
Yes, the school participates in the federal free and reduced-priced lunch program. All students receive free breakfast, and seven of our nine schools provide lunch to the entire school community free of charge.
Yes, all Ascend students wear school uniforms. We believe a strictly enforced uniform policy helps students focus on their academic pursuits and avoid needless distractions. Each Ascend school maintains a uniform fund for families who are unable to afford uniforms.
No. Ascend schools privately lease and occupy highly functional, attractive, safe space on a permanent basis, so our faculties, staff, and students are not subject to the disruptions often associated with co-location. The use of privately leased facilities permits each school’s leadership team to focus entirely on instruction and forging the school’s distinctive culture rather than securing and managing building arrangements. For more information about the locations of Ascend schools, click here.
The Department of Education (DOE) Office of Pupil Transportation provides transportation and determines eligibility for bus pick-up and drop-off. Some students (grade three and higher) will qualify for a discounted MetroCard. More information about service and eligibility.
Every Ascend applicant will be asked to rank their schools in order of preference. If accepted at more than one school, we will only reserve a seat for your child at the school you ranked more highly and remove your name from the list of any schools you ranked lower. You will also remain on the wait list for any schools you ranked more highly.
If you choose not to rank schools, your selected schools will fall in order of proximity to your child’s address. Ranking a school higher or lower does not increase or decrease your child’s chances of being offered a seat at that school.
- Child’s birth certificate, passport, or record of baptism which includes the date of birth
- Up-to-date health exam form
For families whose children are having check-ups at the beginning of the school year, you must provide us with the most current health exam form and can bring us an updated form once your child has had his/ her annual check-up. Click here to download health form.
NOTE: any child who does not have up-to date immunizations will be barred from school within 14 days of the start of school
- Proof of address which may be verified by any two of the following containing the address of residence:
- A lease agreement, deed or mortgage statement for the residence
- A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by a utility company (e.g., National Grid or Con Edison), must be dated within the past 60 days
- A bill for cable television services provided to the residence; must include the name of the parent and the address of the residence and be dated within the past 60 days
- Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state, or local government agency, including the IRS, the City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), or an ACS subcontractor or the federal Office of Refugee Settlement, indicating the resident’s name and address, must be dated within the past 60 days
- A current property tax bill for the residence
- A water bill for the residence dated within the past 90 days
- Rent receipt which includes the address of the residence, must be dated within the past 60 days
- State, city, or other government issued identification (including an IDNYC card), which has not expired and includes the address of residence
- Income tax form for the last calendar year
- Official NYS Driver’s License or learner’s permit which has not expired
- Official payroll documentation from an employer issued within the past 60 days such as a pay stub with home address, a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt (a letter on the employer’s letterhead is not adequate); must include home address and be dated within the past 60 days
- Voter registration documents, which include the name of the parent and the address of residence
- Unexpired membership documents based upon residency (e.g., neighborhood residents’ association), which include the name of the parent and the address of residence
- Evidence of custody of the child, including but not limited to judicial custody orders or guardianship papers documents issued within the past 60 days with name of child and address of residence
* If you are not the leaseholder of your residence, you must submit a Residency Affidavit.