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Ascend Public Charter Schools Overview

Brooklyn, NY
201 to 500 employees
2007
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Education
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Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools paving a path to college for the children of central Brooklyn by providing a rich liberal arts education in a warm, supportive environment. In our own beautifully renovated buildings, you’ll find a community of ... Read more

Mission: Ascend Public Charter Schools equip every student with the knowledge, confidence, and character to succeed as college students, citizens, and leaders in their chosen fields.

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Ascend Public Charter Schools – Why Work For Us?


Ascend is a not-for-profit K-12 charter school management organization focused on providing an extraordinary liberal arts, college-preparatory education to students in educationally underserved communities in Brooklyn — New York City’s most populous borough. Our overarching mission is to place our students firmly on the path to success in college and beyond, offering them an opportunity to transform their lives and the lives of their communities.


Nine schools in central Brooklyn

Founded in 2007, and having opened its flagship school Brooklyn Ascend Charter School  in 2008, the Ascend network today comprises nine schools in the Central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, and East Flatbush. Next year, more than 4,000 students in kindergarten through 10th grade, from these and surrounding Brooklyn communities, will benefit from the private school-caliber education Ascend schools provide.


A rich curriculum available to all

Ascend schools offer a rich, varied, rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum, in a warm, supportive, and joyful culture. All Ascend schools occupy inspiring, light-filled, privately-leased facilities.

Ascend schools are open to all students by lottery, with no admission criteria other than New York City residence, and at no cost to families. Ascend schools serve all students and actively seek to fill every available seat.


Ascend results

Ascend succeeds when our students discover a passion for learning and their intellectual curiosity is awakened, when they master essential knowledge and skills, when parents are deeply satisfied with the education their children receive, and when school leaders and faculty return year after year to drive their schools to new levels of excellence. Performance on the New York state Common Core assessments, given in grades K-9, and the Regents exams, are critical measures of our work. So are annual surveys of our parents, teachers, and students. Other measures include rates of referrals and suspensions.

Results from all five tested Ascend schools demonstrate the power of an Ascend education. Consistently from year to year and across all schools, Ascend schools outperform their district peers.

  • Ascend schools are closing and reversing the economic achievement gap. In 2016, the percentage of students in grades 3-8 found proficient or advanced in English Language Arts (ELA) rose from 25.3 in 2015 to 39.6 in 2016, a gain of 4.3 percentage points. 
  • The percentage of students in grades 3-8 found proficient or advanced in math rose 9.4 percentage points from 31.7 in 2015 to 41.1 in 2016.
  • In 2016, Ascend schools outperformed their host districts schools in every school, grade, and subject by an average of 15 percentage points. The average proficiency of students in Ascend schools exceeded the average proficiency of students in New York State and New York City in both ELA and math.
  • 83% of Brooklyn Ascend High School students passed the Common Core Algebra I exam in 2016. These results are higher than 91 precent of charter schools across New York State last year.
  • 86% of Brooklyn Ascend High School students passed the Living Envrionment exam in 2016.

The mission of Ascend Charter Schools is to equip every student with the knowledge, confidence, and character to succeed in college and beyond. Our students will, from the earliest grades, steadily build a strong foundation of learning habits, critical thinking skills, and knowledge; excel academically in the middle and high schools; and graduate as confident young adults, prepared to succeed as college students, citizens, and leaders in their chosen fields.

Join the warm, collaborative, and diverse community of professionals who strive to make a difference. Six reasons why extraordinary educators choose Ascend.

#1 Focus on character development as well as student achievement

Academic achievement is important, but we also care about our students’ character. Ascend provides a warm, supportive, joyful culture where the focus is on learning, problem-solving, and above all, personal responsibility.

The decision to move away from a proscriptive disciplinary model, with its frequent high rate of referrals and suspensions, and toward a responsive and restorative approach, provides our students with the confidence to powerfully engage in our rigorous liberal arts learning environment and provides our teachers with a happy place to work.


#2 An enriched, liberal arts, Common Core curriculum

Ascend schools deliver an exciting, challenging, well-rounded, inquiry-based curriculum that develops students’ full academic, social, artistic, scientific, and ethical potentials. Our teachers shift the intellectual work to students and encourage them to think creatively and deeply about how to solve problems. Ascend scholars will grow to become lifelong learners and informed citizens.


#3 Commitment to shared mission

The Ascend mission is clear – to close the achievement gap and ensure that all our students gain the skills necessary to succeed in college, career, and life. Our teachers and leaders collaborate as one team to share their love of learning and to push, equip, and inspire our scholars toward excellence. We have exceptionally high expectations for our scholars, and for each other, and we are relentless in our commitment to making sure our scholars have every opportunity to succeed. See The Ascend Approach.


#4  Growth opportunities

A teaching job at Ascend is a great place to start! Ascend’s career pathways program offers opportunities for highly effective teachers to grow into leadership positions as grade-level team leaders, mentor teachers, deans of students, or deans of instruction. Our teachers and leaders receive individualized coaching, resources, and tools, and participate in weekly Teacher Planning and Development sessions to help deepen and improve their craft. Read more about how we provide the best for our students by providing the best support for our teachers.


#5 A beautiful environment

We believe that our physical environment should reflect the incredible accomplishments that are achieved within our walls. All Ascend schools are housed in privately leased and newly renovated buildings where every detail is chosen to communicate our aspirations for teaching and learning. See inside Our School Buildings.



#6 Every voice matters

We believe in continually improving and developing our schools to achieve exceptional outcomes for our students and their families. We actively encourage our teachers to be part of that development process. Our faculty and staff are surveyed several times a year, town halls are held at each school to hear directly from teachers and to capture your ideas, and we solicit ongoing feedback about our curriculum and Teacher Planning and Development sessions.

Apply now to teach at Ascend!

Join a team commited to meeting the needs of all students. 

We seek to build a team of enthusiastic, self-motivated special education teachers who are excited to engage with students and their families. Our programs feature an inclusive model with push-in and pull- out interventions for both reading and math, supplemental evidence-based special education curricula, a strong-tiered system of academic and behavior support, and targeted, ongoing special education professional development. We will train, support, and collaborate with you every step of the way, providing you with the tools, resources, coaching, and collaboration to achieve your highest potential and to help you support scholars who need it most.


Join a team of math teachers and educators committed to developing a new generation of highly skilled, flexible problem-solvers who enjoy interpreting the world mathematically and are capable of achieving at the highest levels.

We look for teachers who are eager to share their passion for the beauty and joy of math through instruction that is both intellectually engaging and relevant to students’ daily lives. At Ascend, you’ll gain a community of like-minded colleagues and a culture of ongoing professional growth. We will train, support, and collaborate with you every step of the way, providing you with the tools, resources, and coaching to achieve your highest potential.

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    I have worked at Ascend for 3 years as a full-time teacher and I deeply appreciate the unique culture and curriculum that my school and the network have established in that time. Unlike other major charter networks in NYC, Ascend has listened to its families and teachers and moved away from the punitive culture that many "reformers" believe is the key to academic achievement. It took time, but the network moved from a No Excuses culture and a minute-to-minute scripted curriculum to a responsive classroom approach to culture and a much richer liberal arts curriculum, giving more autonomy to teachers along the way. I have had more and less qualified deans of instruction and deans of students, but all have shown a desire for me and my colleagues to grow and have put the needs of the students first in my opinion. Most of all, I have been surrounded by amazing colleagues, the vast majority of whom believe in our mission and work very hard to make it a reality. Being a teacher at Ascend is definitely demanding, especially in the first year, but gets considerably more sustainable each year, and is absolutely worth it. I would encourage anyone with a dedication to great urban education and a desire to be surrounded by others with the same dedication to apply.

    Cons

    Although I believe it is a pro, I have known many other teachers who are frustrated by the network's provided curriculum. I am given a lot of flexibility in how (if not when) I teach the assigned content in my classroom, but have known others who have not, and have struggled to support their students for this reason. The other major downside to the design and pacing of the curriculum at the network is the lack of resources or opportunities for differentiating the curriculum for students who are behind. Finally, I know this exists as a reality at many schools, but it can feel at times like students with special learning needs are not sufficiently supported despite the best intentions of the SPED coordinators and others in the school, due to a lack of time and resources.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more flexibility in curriculum pacing, more opportunities and resources for curriculum differentiation, and more resources for special education.

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Ascend Public Charter Schools.

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    1st: Phone conversation with Recruitment
    2nd: Phone Conversation with managing director of curriculum
    3rd: phone conversation with managing director of school
    4th: phone conversation with school director
    5th: In-person (full day) at school: teach a lesson; do a PD sessions; meet with students; meet with Chief learning officer

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    Negotiation

    Very easy. We went back and forth twice, but it was comfortable and well received.

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