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Ascension

Private | PK-8

We are a Blue Ribbon School recognized for our Arts and high test scores.

 
 

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5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
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Posted February 26, 2014

We have had a great experience at Ascension and feel the school has responded well to the challenges of one of our kids as individuals. There's a very strong arts program with private music lessons on many instruments at the school during the school day, different music ensembles, Spanish is K-8, and organized sports teams beginning in 4th / 5th grades (depending on the sport).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

Ascension continues to be one of the best Catholic schools in our area. They have loving teachers who work with each child individually, challenging curriculum, great opportunities for enrichment and an parent/Parish community that is second to none. We feel as thought we have been embraced as family even though we are fairly new to the school.
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Posted February 25, 2014

Ascension has been not only a great school for my children, but a caring community for our family. We could not be happier with the teachers attention to our children's development as students and people. Additionally, the school has made major commitments to technology in the classrooms by introducing iPads in the younger grades and tablets in the upper grades.
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Posted February 25, 2014

Ascension truly educates the whole child. From outstanding academics to a variety of extracurricular programs, the school offers a solid academic base for children in preschool through 8th grade. On top of the academics, the school embodies the definition of community. My children and my entire family benefit in immeasurable ways from being a part of such a caring place. I cannot imagine a better environment in which to prepare children to enter high school and the world armed not only with knowledge but a strong moral compass.
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Posted July 26, 2013

Overall, strong academic focus here. Old-fashioned in their approach to education - not much innovation here. Avoid if your child has ADHD or other challenges, as they are not equipped nor open to any adjustments for individual children. Good school if your child performs well in a very traditional, teacher-centered environment. Beware: some teachers can be shaming towards children who are struggling and there have been a number of instances of teachers picking on kids they don't like.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 51%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Black 4% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mary Jo Burns
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Girl scouts
  • Math club
  • School Ambassadors
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$2000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Oak Park/River Forest High School
Fenwick High School
Trinity High School
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601 Van Buren Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
Phone: (708) 386-7282

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