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PK-8
Private
New York, NY
Students enrolled: 76
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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220 West 108th Street
New York, NY 10025

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(212) 222-5161
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September 07, 2014
We are very happy with the learning outcome of our son. we believe that most of the teacher are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
Teachers are great in at Ascension School of new york. It's nicely located in the upper west side.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2013
DONT WASTE YOUR TIME AT THIS SCHOOL FOR UPPER GRADES. TO BAD THE ARCHDIOCESE DOESNT CARE ABOUT WHATS GOING ON THERE MANY PARENTS HAVE SENT IN LETTERS AND PHONE CALLS.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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
May 02, 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
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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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!

- submitted by a parent
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!)

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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.

- submitted by a parent
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!

- submitted by a parent
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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November 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2009
This school is great!! My daughter is in Ms. Leigh-Ann's Pk-3 class and she is learning and growing academically each day. I have nothing negative to say about the early childhood program.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
I am currently in the 8th gradeand this school is amazing!!! My classmates are so energetic and cool well some of them. this school has given me so many oppurtunities to have. I'v only been here for 4 years. Plus i get to go to Washingto DC and Delaware for my graduation trip! how cool is that. Our class aso gets to go to Ellis Island too on the ferry! I love Ascension School! It has changed my entire life. If you're choosing a great elementary school, choose Ascension. i gauruntee you'll like it.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 18, 2008
As an alumni of Ascencion and now mother of 3 boys I am proud of the fulfilling education that this school has offered. Having a recent graduate who pioneered the first preschool class in 1997, a 5th grader and a pre-k 4 I only hope that those who share concerns of a great education will consider this as one of excellence.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
My son finished kindergarten with Ms. Marissa. He really enjoyed going to school everyday. He is becoming a good reader and writer. They have a excellent Early Childhood Program. blends

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June 13, 2008
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June 11, 2008
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no rating June 10, 2008
I graduated from Ascension in 2006 and I miss it a whole lot. MY teacher was Mr. Roda and I must say I think I learned way more then what my parents were paying for. Excellent teaching very strict rules but well worth it. I carried a lot of knowledge with me over to high school and the knowledge i carried is well spent. Great school! Ps. Ms. Elizabeth and Bridie are like the nicest ladies ever! -Giovanni Rangel =]

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 23, 2008
My older brother,finishing the 8th grade,enjoys this school that allows him to give a balance between work and play.He recieves all the necessary knowledge while enjoying his last years of childhood and fun.I really will miss him having fun!

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2008
I have an older son at a well known upper east side 'independent' school, and when our brilliant, quirky younger son wasn't accepted there or at any of the other programs we applied to, we were in a bind. A pre-school mother recommended we look at Ascension and we were impressed. My younger son is there now in kindergarten, and he is thriving academically, socially and emotionally. The school rooms are airy and light. The school has such a wonderful spirit and it get so much done with so little; the tuition is one tenth of my older son's school, the academic environment is just as rich and the diversity is real, not contrived. The religious bits aren't for everyone, but there is a large group of non-Catholic students and an openness to all traditions.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
My daughter is a student at Ascension and she is thrilled everyday to go to school. My daughter and I have a 1hr comute everyday to get to the school but the sacrifice is well worth it. My daughter is in The PreK3 class with Miss Leigh-Ann she has been learning so much I am proud to say that with the help of this school my daughter is counting to about 50 and is learning the sounds of letters. I can say as a parent that this is money well spent.

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January 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
Despite the changes to the neighborhood, Ascension has been here and has maintained its efforts to continually improve the quality of education it provides. With Fr. Sean at the helm now, and the years of continuous improvement coming to fruition, we can now see the brilliance of this little jewel in the academic accomplishments of the students and the general closeness of the school community despite its diverse background.

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December 14, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 29, 2007
Ascension School is the best kept secret on the upper westside! My child began there at Prek4 and he is now in kindergarten. He is reading, adding, and enjoying school! Father Sean the principal is also a dedicated individual. I had missed the open house and Father Sean gave me a personal tour of the school from top to bottom. He genuinely cares about his school and the children.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2007
My daughter is in kindergarten at this school, and she loves it. They are really teaching her to have a great love of learning. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2007
I have two sons enrolled at the school, and I cannot express how happy I am with the faculty and the curriculum. One of my sons is in Pre-k3 and the other is in Pre-K4. The teachers are so involved in making sure each of my children is getting the attention and education they need and deserve. The older one is already adding single digit numbers and trying to spell 3 letter words. The younger one is sounding out the letters of the alphabet and counting to 30. I am so pleased to come home from work and see how excited they are everyday to tell me how there day went and what they learned! I feel like the choice my husband I made to send my kids to this school was the best one yet!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
A Parent s Dream Come True I found Ascension School after reviewing the Catholic School listing from the Archdiocese website. Initially, it was my third choice .ever heard the old saying third time is a charm? I couldn't agree more. The staff is very helpful and friendly, the faculty is knowledgeable and experienced, and the principal is absolutely fabulous (he knows all of the families by name and is involved in every classroom in the school AMAZING)! Together, this dynamic team creates a family environment for Ascension students. The curricula are far superior to various schools that I have researched and you are sure to be amazed by the knowledge your child brings home every day. So, looking for a school from Pre-K 3 (3 year old program) through 8th? Look no more! Attend one of Ascension s open houses. You will be swept off your feet!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
My son entered Ascension's Pre-K4 class this year with Ms. Allison and Ms. Raquel. Both teachers are supportive, communicative and expect the children to be themselves and do their best. They are great at what they do. The school is diverse, which was very important in my husband's and my choice of schools. My son enjoys going to school and every week he is telling us something new about a part of the world or is sequencing things or telling me stories and songs that he learned at school. Father Sean, and his dedicated staff are true educators and the Home School Association is comprised of dedicated parents who want the best for their children who come out to support the school. After going through such a rigorous application process with many private and public schools last year, I'm pleased at the choice we made for our son.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2007
As an alumni of Ascension, I feel Ascension has so much to offer. My daughter Daniella is currently enrolled in the 2nd grade and has done so well in this school. The year round activities make it such a fun place to be. I highly recommend Ascension as one of the to Catholic private schools on the Upper West Side. Ascension strives to offer a strong academic and religious background to our children.

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July 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2007
This is a great school! My daughter started in this school in the 6th grade and is currently going to the 8th grade now! Her grades are so much better than they were in a public school. My son also started in Pre-k 3 and is now going to the 1st grade in the fall!He is 5 years old and is reading 2nd grade books! Every teacher and everyone in the staff are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2007
Great School, My son has thrived the last 2 years at Ascention. Major Plus they have speech therapy in-house. At this school it is 'All about the Children.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2007
Ascension School is extraordinary! Our 5 year is there now in her second year in Kindergarten and we amd she have found caring, sincere, smart, upbeat, and happy group of teachers, students, and staff fostering the daily growth and well being of our daughter and her school mates. I have taught for 35 years internationlly at some of the highest universities in the world, and Ascension can possibly be considered among the highest educational Starting Schools anywhere.

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Register to visit Ascension School on TOURING TUESDAY, November 18, 2014, from 9-11am. TOURING TUESDAYS are universal open houses scheduled periodically throughout the school year at Catholic elementary schools across the Archdiocese of New York. Reservations for Touring Tuesdays are required. To reserve your space at Ascension School, please call our 24 hour bilingual line, (646)794-2885.

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Ascension School
220 West 108th Street, New York, NY  10025
(212) 222-5161
Last modified Ascension School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Ascension School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top