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Ascension School

Private | PK-8 | 76 students

Providing a quality Catholic eduction, in an environment that is safe


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $799,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,580.

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Posted November 6, 2013

Teachers are great in at Ascension School of new york. It's nicely located in the upper west side.
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Posted October 12, 2013

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Posted August 22, 2013

I am very sorry, but this school is horrible. Not only are the staff lazy but all they do is yell at the kids. I have had my daughter at this school since she was in kindergarten and she is now going to 8th grade. The only reason that she is still in this school is because this is her last year and it's the closest school to home. Do not waste your time and money here, some teachers are great while others just play nice in front of parents but are tigers behind your back. The food doesn't even look edible. I have seen rats scurry in and out of the building. Do not go here.
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Posted June 17, 2013

The staff is very friendly, and the teachers are wonderful. My children were in the Pre-K 3 class and we just really loved the school. The school is a little under-resourced, and that is why I'm not going with five stars, but they did pretty well with what they had.
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Posted May 26, 2013

This school turned out to be a nightmare. Math and science is really bad, staff yells at kids all day. It is not worth the tuition.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 2, 2013

Ascension is an amazing school. We are in the Pre-K and the teachers and the principal are marvelous. They seem to practice positive discipline and the kids all seem very well-behaved and happy. We considered all the other Pre-Ks on the UWS (where our friends send their kids)-Ascension was as good as any of them. You can't beat the tuition either! The program is developmentally appropriate. It is academic, but the kids have a lot of free play. Love, love, love this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2013

We love this school the learning environment is the best you could get for your children . My son's learn something new everyday and they love going to school they look forward to learning and seeing their friends everyday . We have developed friendships with so many different family's you don't have to be R. C. to attend Ascension . When we drop our children off in the morning we know they are safe we know they are getting a great education what more could you ask for. All of our children have an avg of 90 or better. No school is 100% but Ascension comes pretty close .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 11, 2012

Our child was interviewed and did not get in. There was no explanation. We were told he performed well in all the tasks but they were not accepting him. No explanation.
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Posted June 11, 2012

ascension school is the best school in the country. the principal mr. mc,mahon is a great principal. the teachers are fun and interactive with the students. the gym teacher is the best mentor i know i actually belive he should be a teacher. the kitchen staff is the best, they are nice and thoughtful for others. the nurse is a overalll great nurse she takes care of her patience with love and care.most of all the students are a good influence on other. as you can see ascension is a great school. infact this here letter is wrote by a 7th grade student by the names of (Ben Frierson) if you want a great future for your child this is the one.

Posted February 26, 2012

Let me just say that this school is horrible. If you're smart you would not put your child in this school. The gym teacher is unfair and my teacher is not prepared (he told us that he was a teacher just because it was his last option.) he takes the wrong notes and brings us down late for lunch and dismissal. Also the principal is very passive. The eighth graders are always on the street corner and if he tells them to move and they don't he doesn't try again. The only good part of this school is fifth grade. The teacher is amazing. He is the best teacher in the entire school. He is dedicated and makes learning fun. All the students like him. If you want a good teacher for your fifth grader come to this school then I would highly reccommend you to take your child out of this school. They deserve a better education than what this school is giving them.

Posted January 23, 2012

There was a typo in my review: The work I witness around the school does NOT compare to current work in the better upper west side public schools.
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Posted April 21, 2011

My daughter is in her first year at Ascension, and I must say that I am in love. The school is so reflective of the wider New York City demography, and I get to interact with some of the most committed parents, who want their children to be educated, but also want them to have fun. At Ascension, I feel we are getting the best of both worlds. My daughter is reading, writing and doing math. I am so happy with the school.
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Posted April 18, 2011

My daughter has been attending the Bright Little Stars Infant/Toddler Program at Ascension since she was 9 months old. I am very impressed with the dedication and warmth of everyone involved with the program My daughter is now 15 months old and I intend to let her stay at Ascension.
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Posted January 21, 2011

As another reviewer said, this is the best kept secret in Manhattan schools. The teachers are all excellent and truly dedicated, all highly qualified. The staff are equally dedicated and know the name of every child! The school has a strong community feel, very involved parents with a very active fund raising association and Parent-Teacher Advisory Board. Parental involvement is encouraged. We have two children in the school, one from Pre-K 4 through 1st grade (where she is now), and one in 5th grade who started in 3rd. Would recommend this school to all.
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Posted June 23, 2010

Ascension has an excellent PreK-3 program taught by Miss Leigh-Anne. I am very impressed with her ability to manage the classroom while effectively teaching an appropriate and impressive curriculum for the age group. My child has learned a lot this past year. She was introduced to the alphabet and learned more numbers. I know for a fact she received a terrific education. The teachers are incredibly warm and professional. The school has a nice community - a lot of teachers, staff and administrators know my daughter by first name. I only hope that parents will become more involved to make this an even better school!
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Posted May 23, 2010

Ascension is the best kept secret in NYC! My son is in the Pre-K3 program, and it is fantastic! The teacher has a Master's degree, and she and the assistant are so loving and enthusiastic about what they do. All of the children adore them, and have learned SO much! The curriculum incorporates the best of several different teaching models...they have self-directed learning from "work stations", and as well as more structured class activities. Plus, a different "enrichment" class each day. Our son has learned so much...but most importantly, he really enjoys going to his "big boy school" each day! We had started our son at a "more prestigious" school in the UWS when he was an infant for childcare. Our experience with Ascension has far exceeded that of the previous school on every count! (And it is a fraction of the cost!)
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Posted April 23, 2010

this school is not very good. Every day i dropped of my son (6th ) there were 8 different girls swearing and copying homework. All the students yell and push each other and are fine with failing and have no thirst to go to high school. The teachers yell and i am very disappointed.
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Posted March 24, 2010

I am a professor of Education at CUNY and I love this school! The teachers are superb and the climate of the school is extremely welcoming. It is academically rigerous and they have a high success rate on the NY State Tests in both 4th and 8th grade. They offer gym, creative movement, and art (not enough and the PTAB is working on that!) as well as a nice after-school program. My son and my daughter are both very happy here. Check it out!
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Posted November 13, 2009

I was not happy with my son's former nursery school on the UWS. Although we are not Catholic, we decided to send him to Ascension for a more structured school setting. My main concern about the school was that there was no play space other than the gymnasium. Other than that, the school is really a jewel. Wonderful classroom space, a great early literacy program, art, music, phy ed, creative movement, religion classes (who doesn't know The Lord's Prayer?) ,warm and caring teachers, the principal is always available, etc. And tuition is about 1/3 what I was paying before! My son loves the school and he says it all the time. He will probably go to another private school in Riverdale next year, with his sisters, but I have to say again that I think Ascension should really be on everyone's radar.
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Posted October 29, 2009

Academically, very sound--our daughter, who is in 1st grade-- is reading, writing, adding, subtracting! What I love most about this school is that it looks like NYC: the ethnic make-up of the school reflects the neighborhood. That was important to us. This school is a community of people of all races and backgrounds who care about their children.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 57% 21%
Black 23% 21%
White 12% 52%
Asian 7% N/A
Two or more races 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Christopher Mcmahon
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman Catholic
  • NCEA


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Special education
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of New York
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Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
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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
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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What are your chances?

7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.

Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St.Jean Baptiste
All Hallows
Norte Dame
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220 West 108th Street
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 222-5161


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