The Ascend Difference:
Students of all backgrounds are valued, respected, and feel a sense of belonging.
Students are empowered to develop essential knowledge, skills and agency needed to succeed in college and beyond.
School buildings with spacious, light-filled classrooms and common spaces where students can learn collaboratively.
Our schools are rooted in our Brooklyn community.
Principal Billie Quigley takes the helm at Brownsville Ascend Lower School after serving there as resident director and dean of instruction. Quigley began at Brownsville Ascend Lower in 2011 as an English language arts teacher for grades 3 and 4, producing some of the highest scores in the network, and transitioned into the role of ELA coach before becoming a dean of instruction. In that role, she supported and coached teachers in grades 4 and 5, used data to guide instruction, and worked to push scholars to the highest level of academic achievement. Previously, Quigley taught fourth grade at a public elementary school in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she distinguished herself as Teacher of the Year among many honors. She holds a bachelor’s of science in elementary education and a master’s in education from William Carey University in Hattiesburg.
Find out more about our lower school program, approach, and values.