Liberal arts in a joyful and warm environment
Ascend Public Charter Schools offers a rich, Common Core-aligned liberal arts curriculum coupled with the uniquely warm and supportive Ascend school culture. This blending of intellectually exciting and rigorous academic study with a nurturing environment assures that our students are instilled with the knowledge, enthusiasm, character, and determination to succeed in college and beyond.
Unique Ascend curricula
Our exceptional curriculum includes such engaging Ascend-developed programs as Literature Circle, an ambitious program where children in kindergarten through fourth grade discover the deepest meaning of outstanding children’s literature and become proficient and expressive writers; Number Stories, which develops students’ skills as mathematical thinkers; and Humanities, a captivating and intellectually challenging study of multi-cultural literary classics, with a focus on critical-thinking, writing, and public-speaking skills, as well as art and music appreciation. Our unique curricula are complemented by research-proven instructional programs in phonics, grammar, science, and Spanish.
Music, movement, arts
Ensuring that our students develop appreciation for the world of movement, music, and the arts, our campuses offer a selection of music, art, dance, and physical education classes as part of a well-rounded, invigorating school day.
Culture, character, family, community
The Ascend school culture model is designed to build students’ own social and emotional abilities, and is marked by relationships of trust and affection. As students mature, Ascend schools respond to their need for increasing autonomy and agency, and in the high school years, the focus is on an ever-increasing sense of agency and character development.
We actively build a community of parents, teachers, and students through curriculum workshops, frequent school events, and regular dialogue between teachers and parents. At each school, family associations provide families with a voice and an opportunity to support the school and their children.
Family partnerships are essential throughout a child’s educational years, particularly as students and families plan for college. Beginning early in high school, college counselors work closely with families to plan for and respond to the college selection and application process.
Professional growth and development
Whether new teachers or veteran educators, Ascend teachers grow through a rich array of professional development activities—grade team meetings which focus deeply on content, regular and ongoing coaching, weekly workshops, the Ascend Summer Institute, and pathways to leadership positions, which include grade team/content lead, dean of instruction, dean of students, and resident director.
Ascend is known for its distinctive organizational culture that is at once relentlessly focused on excellence and yet collaborative, supportive, and warm. Teachers feel that they are working together to achieve a deeply shared mission, and are provided with the curricula, resources, coaching, professional development, recognition, and opportunities for professional advancement necessary to succeed and grow.
Ascend schools are not co-located with Department of Education schools. All our schools are housed in inviting, custom-built or newly renovated buildings where every design detail is chosen to communicate our high aspirations for teaching and learning at Ascend. In these spaces, school leadership teams can focus entirely on instruction and forging the school’s distinctive culture rather than securing and managing building arrangements. Our school buildings engender a sense of pride and purpose in their communities.