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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 grades K-2. Ascend has grown to a network of 17 public charter schools in Brooklyn educating 6,000 students in grades K-12. 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.
"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