Ascend is a Brooklyn-based network of public charter schools that puts our students, their possibility, and their dignity at the center of everything we do. Ascend opened its first school—Brooklyn Ascend Lower School in Brownsville—in 2008 to 210 students in kindergarten through second grade. Ascend has grown to a network of 16 public charter schools in Brooklyn educating 5,800 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Ascend schools are located in the Central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, Cypress Hills, East New York, East Flatbush, and Flatbush.
Ascend offers a rich, varied, rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum, in a warm, supportive, and joyful culture. Our community is powered by our bold dreams, love of learning, commitment to collaboration, focus on anti-racism, and dignity and respect. Ascend schools are free, public, and open to all students by lottery. We proudly serve students with special needs and English language learners and fill every vacated seat through 9th grade.
We see and believe in the inherent excellence of every one of our students. Our role is to provide rich, joyful learning experiences that help students live to their fullest potentials. Ascend students make impressive academic progress.
Between 2015-2019, Ascend students had significantly higher growth rates than the average for the state, city, and their charter school peers. In ELA, Ascend students had an overall proficiency growth of 35 percent, as compared to 17 percent growth for NYC students and 14 percent for students statewide. In mathematics, Ascend students had an overall proficiency growth of 40 percent, as compared to 9 percent growth for NYC students and 10 percent for students statewide.
We take a whole-child learning approach, focusing on fostering a love of learning and deep critical thinking skills in our students. Each year, we ask parents about their child’s education experience. In 2019, 96 percent of parents responded to a survey about their child’s education experience. Ninety-five 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.”
"I have grown tremendously as an Ascend teacher in the past five years. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in workshops, coaching meetings, and professional development sessions to hone my teaching practices. This has enabled me to create a joyous classroom environment."
Lower school teacher
“My favorite class is math. I like to solve problems, and even though it’s challenging sometimes, math brings me the most happiness. I’m really excited about college. I want to get the most education so I can know as much as I can about the world and be ready for it."
Middle school student
"Being at Ascend has made me a teacher who is willing to accept feedback and grow everyday. My mentor was instrumental in my growth. She provided me with feedback and always encouraged me to be better. I am forever grateful to be a part of the Ascend family."
Middle school teacher
“I am fortunate to have found a school where my child is welcomed and challenged. At Ascend, students are not just taught to memorize multiplication tables. They develop the ability to solve problems.”
Elementary school parent