A rich and joyful liberal arts education for all

News: Ascend is awarded two new charters by the State University of New York Trustees!


Thank you to the Trustees for entrusting us with the education of even more students in Central Brooklyn, and to Trustee Merryl Tisch for her warm words about Ascend.

Full disclosure, I’m very familiar with their excellent work. They’re not just good, they’re top of the line, outstanding, creative people doing great work in a very tough district. I have utmost respect for you, and I’m delighted that you want to continue moving forward.

–Trustee Merryl Tisch

Passionate about providing a vibrant and joyful liberal arts education. Committed to providing a sure path to college for our students and families. Ascend’s schools open minds and open doors.

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“I’ve been able to bring my authentic self to Ascend. I feel free to voice concerns, and leaders are totally willing to throw their energy into evolving to do what’s best for kids. In our Humanities Program kids are diving into texts I didn’t have access to until college.”

Luisa Batiz

Director of talent recruitment

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“I was ecstatic that I could use my voice to choose the best school for my son. I wanted a school that would love him the same way I do, and that’s what I found at Ascend. I love the school and I don’t regret my choice at all. He’s grown so much and is doing great academically.”

Martha Dottin

Brownsville Ascend parent

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“I came to Ascend to start ‘walking the walk.’ At other schools I saw the negative results of heavy-handed punitive systems and the overuse of suspension, and I felt in my heart that was no way to reach very high achievement. Here, I had the chance to reinvent myself as a teacher.”

Dan Sonrouillé

Director of high school STEM

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“My school director really trusts me as a dean and allows me to try new things with my team. We have voice to speak up and address challenges. And our kids have voice! I love hearing them having conversations at a very high level of intellect.”

Ali Epstein

Dean of instruction

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“I’ve always loved math and science, but STEAM club has gotten me more interested in engineering. When my college counselor told me about a summer program at Princeton where I could attend college level classes on artificial intelligence, I jumped at it. I applied and was accepted with a full scholarship!”

Kimeil K.

High school student

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