Approach to Growing Leaders
At Ascension, we are committed to growing the next generation of bold, compassionate leaders. We do this through a process of educating the whole child with an intentional focus on character development, and service learning.
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. We offer an environment where your child’s gifts are noticed and nurtured, where they are encouraged to use their talents 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 as 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 lunches for Lutheran Social Services to distribute to the homeless in our community, a student-led book drive so children at a Title 1 school have summer reading, and supporting projects in Africa through the Gifts of Hope campaign. Experiential learning opportunities 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 called “Habitudes” and are given tangible opportunities to build upon these principles at each grade level. Their confidence is built as effective communicators through participation 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. Student Ambassadors, Student Council, and Athletics all offer leadership opportunities for middle school students. They also engage in special leadership workshops and each year embark on an outdoor education trip (grades 5-8) culminating in an 8th-grade trip to Washington D.C.