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Ascension Episcopal School

Private | PK-5 | 160 students

Our school is best known for our committment to small class sizes.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $253,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $920.

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Posted August 7, 2014

Do not send your children to this school until you visit all the options that are available in this area. I made a huge mistake for my children and they are now behind in every area. Academically, this program is extremely weak (worksheets from 10 years ago). Most teachers are old and tired and lack the knowledge and training that other programs offer. This school lacks in technology and cannot meet the needs of any child that does not fit into their perfect box. This environment in the past year has become very "clique" oriented, and an extreme amount of favoritism is given to that certain clique of families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

My child has been attending AES since early childhood. He is now entering the 3rd grade. He has matured academically, spiritually and most of all being an honorable, respectful young man. Teachers, staff and parents work together to make sure our child is getting the best education possible. I can't recommend a better school for my child then aes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Ascension Episcopal is truely a blessing for our family. We have been there for four years now and can truely testify that this was the perfect choice for our two kids. The teachers, Mrs. Clausey, parents, students, facilities, program, and everything offered at this school is outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

I have taught in a variety of public and private schools over the past 40 years and can attest that Ascension is my all-time favorite. Infants through 5th Grade students,parents, and teachers form a caring family, dedicated to each helping each student be all they can be academically, physically, socially, and spiritually. Small class sizes gives every child a chance to participate, build leadership qualities, and to receive the help they need to succeed to the best of their abilities. Strong leadership from the Head of School, awesome parents who are excited about being a part of their child's educational experience, and caring, experienced, professional teachers make Ascension a superb place for students, parents, teachers, and staff to thrive. A child here cannot get "lost in the crowd" and students leave Ascension at the end of Fifth Grade ready for a successful Middle School experience in any size Middle School, anywhere. Take a tour! You'll feel and experience the difference!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 14, 2013

Amazing place! I have two children attending this school and am astounded daily by the level of care and education they receive. As a working mother I am so appreciative of the fact that the school encourages good manners and self-discipline in addition to a demanding curriculum. My kids can not wait to get to school in the morning and I have to drag them away in the afternoons. I have many friends with kids of similar ages struggling in school with over-large classes and lack of attention and I am so grateful that I put my kids in AES. Childhood should be fun! and AES really has a great mix. The older kids on campus are worldly, sophisticated and respectful and the younger are innocent and enthusiastic. The symbiosis on campus is refreshing. Everyone works together and I know my kids are well cared for and safe every day. I whole-heartedly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

It is a pleasure to work at Ascension Episcopal School, you can know and work with each student in your class. The atmosphere allows teachers to respond to the different learning styles that students bring into a classroom. Teachers are passionate about every child meeting his or her potential and they support each other in every way. It is wonderful to be part of such a learning environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2010

My son was in their ECP (early childhood program) and has advanced to Pre-School thereafter. The school has a very close-family-like feel and the teachers that he has really care about their students. If I had to complain about anything, I think the Pre-School program is too demanding! My son is not yet 4 and already knows all his alphabets and can count up to 20 (even knows 1,00, 1,000, 100,000, and 1 million), He is also learnng how to write and can even write his own name. I thought they don't start 'learning' until Pre-K. What I like most about the school is that they make learning fun, so it's not like they are pounding on the students just so they know their alphabets and numbers. The teachers also incorporate learning into their world and activities so that everything they learn is relevant-- Very very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

My son attended AES from PreSchool through 5th grade, and was well prepared in all aspects for Middle School. Highlights of AES include the small class sizes, music and art programs and twice-a-week chapel services. Since the school does not include a Middle School, the Fifth Grade provides a great opportunity for students to be the campus leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2009

AES is a great school for preschool and prekindergarten. Our child learned immensely from the devoted teachers and administration. The small classes make for great individual attention. Our child was well prepared for kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

My son was a straight A student at AES and he continues to be one in middle school. The small classes and the family like environment was a great benefit to him. Starting in pre-K and finishing in 5th grade he learned everything he needed to know in order to move on to any middle school. I will recommend AES to anyone and I'm looking forward to enrolling my daughter there as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2008

This school gave him confidence, care and taught him everything he needed to know to go to a good middle school. He was not an easy child and I loved the small classes, the fact that all the teachers knew all the children. He benefited from the buddy system where he could help children in other classes and boost his confidence in theatre and music. He learned to behave in church and be self disciplined. This school respects children and does not teach to the test, it teaches children to learn. It is small and kind of old fashioned in some ways...the ways that work. I have always recommended it to families coming to Houston from other States or abroad because it is such a caring community and very used to children from other countries. I felt at home and so did he. We stayed through fifth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2006

The Ascension Episcopal School does a very good job of inculcating moral values and good manners. The teachers give special attention to each child to ensure overall development. I was especially impressed with the improvement in table manners and positive change of attitude in my child. The teachers were available to discuss the progress of my child and provided valuable feedback. Parents were active participants in all the extra-currricular school activities. The academic program was reasonably stimulating, although I would not mind if it were more demanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

AES offers a wonderfully balanced educational opportunity for youngsters by embracing students as whole beings. Children are able to learn acedemically, physically, and spiritually. Excellent staff and faculty. Campus is secured by surrounding gates. Children gain exposure to other cultures through interaction with a wide variety of students from other cultres/backgrounds. Reasonable rates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2004

Outstanding traditional neighborhood school of over thirty one years with small classes; excellent, experienced and caring faculty; character education; science exploration; award winning fine art program, diversified community school with enhanced after school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 31%
Black 14% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Hispanic 8% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Ballet, Tap, and Jazz

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Nancy Clausey
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal
Associations
  • NAES
  • NAEYC
Fax number
  • (713) 787-9162

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club: Ballet, Tap, and Jazz
  • Girl scouts
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$7000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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2525 Seagler Rd
Houston, TX 77042
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Phone: (713) 783-0260

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