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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)
completely aligned to the mission
warm supportive environment
HR TEAM IS FABULOUS! They are attentive, impressively responsive and extremely knowledgeable. A pleasure to work with.
Network Ops team is good
IT team is GREAT
Work-life balance is hard to achieve. The schools and network office operate on a lean mean budget. HR is a fabulous team but only has only two people supporting 10 schools and over 700 plus staff.
Salaries are not as competitive as other well-funded charter schools
Lack of staff appreciation
Advice to Management
focus on achieving work-life balance for staff
offer rewards for high performers
Offer more internal opportunities for mobility
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Ascend Public Charter Schools.
Originally emailed and was told I didn’t qualify. A few months later, I received an email stating they were impressed with my resume. Made me a little suspicious but I continued with the process. Scheduled the phone interview from one day to the next with very little time. I rescheduled and they took a really long time to reschedule the interview. After the phone interview, was told they would get back to me within 3 business days to let me know if I was moving on to the next phase which is to complete a task and an in-person interview or if it was the end of the interview process.
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