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.
From one great Ascend facility to another
Students attending East Brooklyn Ascend Lower School, one of Ascend’s newest schools, will attend school at the beautiful Cypress Hills Ascend Lower School, which enrolls grades K-3. In school year 2021, East Brooklyn Ascend students will move a short distance away to East Brooklyn Ascend Lower School’s permanent facility at 260 Shepherd Avenue.
This new campus offers a spacious cafeteria, large gymnasium, sun-filled classrooms, and outdoor play space, is in close proximity to public transit options, and is easily accessible to many Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Shanice Sanchez leads East Brooklyn Ascend Lower School as principal, after serving as principal in residence for the school during its co-location with Cypress Hills Ascend Lower School. Sanchez comes to Ascend after several years as a New York City educator. She served as a teacher, grade team lead, and assistant principal at Success Academy Charter Schools, leading her students to exceptionally high passing rates on the state math and ELA assessments. She then led a Teach for America summer school site as its school director, developing a strategic vision for its summer school and coaching school leaders, yielding strong results in student learning and school culture. Immediately prior to joining Ascend, Sanchez was a fellow at Building Excellent Schools, engaging in training on organizational leadership, systems design, governance, finance, and community engagement and developing the vision and growth plan for a proposed charter middle school. Sanchez holds a bachelor’s in urban politics from Barnard College and a master of science in teaching from Fordham University Graduate School of Education.
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