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Posted December 01, 2014
- a parent
I have two kids at Ascension and they love it. This environment is very nurturing, open and caring. The parents are very active and the school is well run. The teachers are fantastic and focus on bringing out the best of the individual child as well as teaching them how to live and act in a community.
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 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.
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.