As a parent of two children in the school, I feel that the environment has been caring and supportive, while also giving them the individual attention and challenge for them to grow academically, socially and emotionally. It's big enough to have diversity and small enough to nurture. As the kids have gotten older, I have also seen the graduates go on to perform at very high levels in some of Chicago's most competitive high schools. Could not be happier!
We have two kids that have been at Ascension for the past three years, after being at another neighboring Catholic school. They love Ascension and overall their experiences have been excellent. The culture is positive; the teachers are very caring and they help the kids meet their potential. Their extracurricular is fantastic -- from their strings program to their athletics.
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).
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.
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.
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.