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1030 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

(337) 233-9748
(337) 269-9768
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December 15, 2014
Don't believe the hype, my son transferred to AES for High School. We were told be multiple sources within the school, how they will work with students to help ensure their success, how extra work is available for all students. That's B.S. my son has asked every teacher there for extra credit, has stayed after school to get help and is still struggling to make honor roll. We will be transferring to another private school next year. You can make B's for a lot less tuition elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
Ascension Episcopal School (formerly Ascension Day School), is by far the most inclusive and individualized school in Lafayette. They offer the most personalized and rewarding education to all of their students. The average class size is around 12 students, this allows for a very personalized classroom experience and makes it possible for students to have a close and healthy relationship with their teachers. They also hold their teachers accountable and will not keep a poorly-performing teacher, they will instead, replace any poorly performing teachers with a highly-performing teacher. They have a 0% dropout rate, a 100% college-acceptance rate and many graduates have been accepted and attend ivy-league colleges. There is no other school in the area that cares as much for the students as Ascension Episcopal School. The learning environment is fantastic and the social atmosphere is nothing but nurturing. Parents are very involved in both school activities and are more than encouraged to attend all school events and activities. Ascension helps their students more than any other school in the area in terms of making sure they stay on track in their academic and extracurricular lives.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Wonderful, dedicated school.... outstanding new facility (high school) and challenging, driven environment... couldn't be happier with the success we've had since our daughter has been at this school...

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
Ascension is a wonderful school with a creative, caring, and dedicated faculty. The school offers a pre-k through 12 th grade opportunity. The academic reputation is strong and AES continues to instill great core values in their students! Very proud that my children have this opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2011
Ascension Episcopal School provides students with academic excellence in a christian environment. I've never seen a school treat each child with such individual attention and loving care. The lower school head and staff are the best faculty in the state.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2010
Severe verbal bullying problems, particularly among girls. Lack of discipline in lower school. Much of bullying comes from this lack of structure both in classroom behavior and in discipline program. They say, "Structure inhibits creativity." Evidence: Lack of structure encourages bullies. The school has been in state and local newspaper and TV headlines in recent months due to serious problems with key staff.

- submitted by a community member
March 11, 2010
Very dissatisfied with lower school headmaster; but very satisfied with educators

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
As of the middle school, I have been very pleased. The importance of the child comes first. Very open to communication with parents and feel like they can handle any issue that comes up. Now my Preschool experiance has been a nightmare to say the least. The principal is cold and heartless. These children are still babies in my eyes and should be cared for in a sensitive manner. I feel like they want a easy child one that doesn't take extra effort. I'm confused on my decision to keep him bc I know the middle school will be more willing to help him succeed. I think the Preschool needs new Leadership immediatly!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2009
AES is a wonderful school. Children of all race and creed are accepted and cherished for their individualism. The tuition, is expensive, but is lower than many other private schools and financial aid is available to ensure that no child is left out of the system or the extracurricular activities. The education my child is getting is challenging and academically far superior to all the other schools in the area that I have studied. Most importantly, the work is tailored to the child and fosters a love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
I am extremley pleased with all aspects of AES. The tution is a little high compared to other schools in our area, but some of my family members in Plano,TX pay substantially more at their Episcopal schools. I have five children that have attended different schools, both public and private, depending on thier needs (one in gifted, one dyslexia, one mild autism). I wish we could have sent them all to AES. For now two (one is autistic) are attending and both love their teachers, support staff, and administrators. The principles of the pre-school & lower school have showed an abundance of genuine concern for both of our children, and we are just average middle class trying to give our kids a solid Christ-centered academic foundation. My husband and I agree that AES has provided as much as any school could- the rest is up to us.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
principal of lower school is very unprofessional. the teachers are handed the standardized test to prepare students so their scores can be competitive. teachers are very unhappy. parents are wanting change in leadership.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 03, 2008
I am beyond disapointed in the experience at ADS. We are currently enrolled in the PK-5 campus and will be switching before 1st grade. They did no testing before enrolling our children, and is seems the only credential for admission is who able to pay. The communication from the school administration is terrible. It's very 'clicky' amongst the parents. More importantly, I am not impressed with the cirriculum. I'm happy for those that love this school and the kids are having a wonderful experience. For us, it could not be a greater let-down.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
Ascension has nurtured and challenged my very bright daughter while encouraging her in arts and music. Each teacher knows great detail about their students and strives to help them.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
Our children have been attending ADS for the past 12 years. We have been very happy with the Christian environment and challenging academics. We have found no other school in our area that compares.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2007
This school is amazing my daughter loves it. We were originally from new orleans and my daughter switched schools in the middle of the school year she was in third grade then.But now she is in fifth grade and having a wonderful time with all her new friends.She seems to like it here at ascension then at any other schpp;.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
Academically, I found the main campus to be lacking for my child. We were extremely pleased with the lower school in River Ranch. We ended up switching schools for second grade because my son wasn't being challenged. I often felt as if my child was lost in the shuffle, due to the size of the student body. As a new parent I wasn't told that the busses follow the public school calendar, so there were times when I waited at the bus stop only to find out that I needed to go to campus and pick him up. Communication was poor, they told parents not to come to the holiday classroom parties.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the faculty, leadership and educational opportunity that is provided by ADS. My child is in his 4th year there, and the work he is doing in 3rd grade is the same work my nephew is doing in a public 5th grade school in one of the best districts in Texas. My son is challenged academically and loves the school, the teachers and his classmates. Whomever wrote that the educational standard is the worst in Louisiana could not be more misguided. The fact that the school was named a Blue Ribbon school attests to the fact that it's students' test scores are higher than the 90th percentile nationwide, so not only is the educational level one of the highest in the state, it's one of the highest in the nation. It is expensive, but in my opinion, you get what you pay for!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2007
We have two children at Ascension Day School and couldn't be happier with the quality of education they receive. Both campuses offer a loving environment with exceptional hands-on learning that is second to none in Lafayette.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
Our child spent several years at a Catholic school in Lafayette, before switching over to Ascension. The difference in the quality of education and the uplifting, positive, atmosphere is worth the price of tuition. Ascension is extremely 'pro-student.' Our leaders always set a postive example and show a genuine personal interest in our children and our families.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2006
I recently graduated from eigth grade at ascension day school after going there for ten years. I have to say that I loved every aspect of the education that Ascension has to offer. I loved how the teachers were really passionate about the subject they were teaching and cared about the students, and were more like close friends than teachers. The interactive learning system made it easy to understand complex problems, and the material was stimulating and challenging while not overbearing. I'm going to miss this school very much next year, and i certainly plan on coming back to visit teachers and friends.

- submitted by a former student
April 04, 2006
My youngest brother switched to this school after Christmas and we have nothing but good things to say about Ascension. The kids at Ascension have been nothing but nice and he is fitting in well. Academically, he is learning so much and doing very well. He actually enjoys going to school which is rare for a 7th grader. There are a few parochial and private schools in the Lafayette area that are far superior to the others. Ascension is definitely one of them. It is a relaxed, fun school.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2006
This is a school for 'feel-good' parents. Sending your child to Ascension is a sure sign that you are status-conscious because the education is no better than can be found at other parochial schools in Lafayette in spite of the fact that tuition is the most expensive in town.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
I have been very pleased with ADS the last two years. The parents and teachers both are involved with the students. It is expensive, but it is my choice to send my daughter there. It's true, I am proud of the school. I feel fortunate that my daughter is able to attend.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
My child attends the ELC campus. The pre-k 3 has caught him up with the rest of the kids to be ready for pre-k 4. The school and faculty are exceptional! I was going to send him to another school when starting pre-k 4, but we love this one so much we are now staying here. The school is very organized and structured, yet very fun at the same time. The pre-k 3 is wonderful. All schools should offer it. I love that the school has after care and morning care for student's of working parents. I am not Episcopal and we feel right at home. Many other parents would send their children here, instead of other private schools in town, if they had any idea how wonderful it is. Th only drawback is that the tuition increases as the grades get higher. The variety of activities is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
Ascension was at most sub-par. The leadership of the entire school led by the headmaster is fair, but the head's of specific areas couldnt be worse. It was very unfotunate that Mr. Gourley left, because his leadership throughout the school, especially in his position as Middle School Director was remarkable. This schools parent involvement is a little over the top if you ask me, like the first review put it, this is the school you love to say your child goes to, and thats paticularly true with the parents of ascension day school. The saftey is also quite sketchy. Beware though it may be for you, ADS can almost seem like a trail of falling dominoes for children.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
This is without a doubt the best place to send your child. You not only offer them an amazing education but awesome experience. My child attended Ascension for 11 years and i couldnt have been happier.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
This is not a school that brags about its status due to its tuition expense. It brags about its status due to earning the honor of being named a Blue Ribbon School for its dedication to children and its dedication to developing the mind, soul and body of every child regardless of background or socioeconomic status. Scholarships are available to help families that cannot regularly afford the expenses of ADS. A scholarship is allowing my child to attend a school she would never be able to attend due to our civil servant salaries. ADS is wonderful and aims to challenge every student to reach new heights.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2005
This school is a school where you can brag to be sending yours kids!!! But for the normal hard working parents in the 'real 'world, this is the worse place to send your child for an education. It is considered the most expensive in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the worse in education. It is a shame that we live in a community where your reputation, based on where your children go to school , is more important than their education!

- submitted by a parent
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Ascension Episcopal School
1030 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA  70501
(337) 233-9748
Last modified Ascension Episcopal School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Ascension Episcopal School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top