We invite all families to visit Ascend schools throughout this application season and participate in 30-minute school tours, offered weekly at your convenience; no sign-up necessary! Tours are offered every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:00 am at Lefferts Gardens Ascend Lower School’s current home at 870 Albany Avenue.
From one great Ascend facility to another
In it’s first year, Lefferts Gardens Ascend Lower School is located in the attractively renovated new East Flatbush Ascend Lower School, which also enrolls grades K-1. In their second year, Lefferts Gardens Ascend students will move a short distance away to a brand new, beautifully designed building. The new facility offers generous lobby, gym, and multi-purpose spaces, sun-filled classrooms, and specials classes. 123 Linden Boulevard is close to public transit and easily accessible to many Brooklyn neighborhoods. The school will grow at this facility to enroll students in grades K through 4.
Nadine Rubinstein takes the helm as the founding school director at Lefferts Gardens Ascend Lower School. Prior to joining Ascend, she was a math instructional coach for Waltham Public Schools in Massachusetts. In this role she helped grade K-5 teachers develop pedagogical and content expertise in math through professional development and one-on-one coaching. Previously, Rubinstein served as a resident principal at two public elementary schools in the Boston area, where she worked closely with school leaders to create and implement strategic plans for school improvement. Earlier Rubinstein taught fifth grade in a self-contained classroom at two campuses of Brooke Charter Schools in Boston. While teaching, she mentored and coached a novice teacher through Brooke’s Associate Teacher program and was professionally filmed as part of a project to codify elements of effective instruction. Rubinstein holds an bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a M.Ed. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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