At Ascension, our vision is to create the next generation of bold, compassionate leaders who inspire and serve others. We do this intentionally by creating a culture of leadership – one that focuses on character development, service learning, and growing leaders.
A hallmark of student life at Ascension is the emphasis placed on the development of the whole student. While opportunities abound for students to excel academically through our rigorous curriculum, we strive to offer co-curricular programs that foster spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical and social development. The most important quality of our school is the environment that ensures each student’s gifts are noticed and nurtured. Students are encouraged to use their gifts to make the community and the world a better place. With this support system surrounding them, our students possess a solid foundation grounded in self-awareness, confidence, and faith, positioning them to become the next generation of leaders as they transition to high school and beyond.
A signature characteristic of Ascension students is compassion. This trait is nurtured by providing a myriad of opportunities for students to participate in service projects each year. Local and global outreach programs help students to understand some of the issues facing our world and how they can be part of the solution. Some examples include packing school kits for Lutheran World Relief to distribute to children in impoverished countries, making blankets for ill children through Project Linus, sponsoring a food drive for the local food bank, and supporting projects in Africa through the Gifts of Hope campaign. Experiential learning opportunities, such as a Global Village Day, raise the students’ awareness of issues faced in countries around the world.
A culture of leadership permeates our campus. Students learn leadership traits through a curriculum we’ve adopted called “Habitudes” and are given tangible opportunities to build upon these principles at each grade level. Their confidence is built as effective communicators through participating in speech meets, leading and singing in chapel, and giving oral presentations. Students are encouraged in the area of entrepreneurial leadership through integrated programs such as our annual tomato sales project. Middle School students participate in leadership programs consisting of special workshops and outdoor school programs – culminating in an 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.