We create safe, joyful, engaging classrooms and school communities through Responsive Classroom - a student-centered social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline. Our schools use language and strategic systems to support students as they develop the academic, social, and emotional skills to become leaders and change-makers.
We offer a well-rounded and enriching curriculum that is deeply rooted in inquiry-based learning and aligned with the New York State Next Generation Learning standards. Our curriculum includes Advanced Placement (AP) courses to challenge and inspire our students.
We prepare our students to be critical thinkers and life-long learners. Teachers use inquiry-based learning to empower students to discover their own opinions, identity, and voice and to learn from one another.
We believe our families, students, and staff deserve a physical learning environment where they will feel inspired to dream big and take risks every day. Each Ascend school building is a privately-leased facility with classrooms that are colorful, spacious, and filled with natural light.
We are relentlessly bold. We dream wild futures inspired by our students’ power and confidently act on our unwavering belief that together, we can bring these dreams to life.
We are in love with learning. We embody the hard work, dedication, and tenacity that power our learning journey and believe that laughter, community, creativity, and curiosity strengthen us along the way.
We are in this together. We thrive through strong relationships amongst our schools, our families, and our communities, becoming stronger by learning from and with each other.
We are committed to shaping a more equitable future. We work endlessly to ensure an equitable and just education for our students that is rooted in anti-racism and advances equity in our schools and in our world.
We are a place for all people. We treat every person with dignity and respect, celebrating the many unique identities that add beauty, authenticity, knowledge, and depth to our community.
Our exceptional curriculum includes research-proven, high-quality instructional programs, both Ascend-developed and from industry-leading companies. Ascend’s students engage deeply in English language arts, project-based learning, problem-based math lessons, scientific explorations, and robust, intellectually challenging discussions throughout.