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Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,400 students across 10 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.

We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students’ natural curiosity about the world. Using the Responsive Classroom and restorative practices approaches, we foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls.

To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Student Population

    76.0% Black or African American
    8.8% White
    1.4% Multi-racial
    1.0% American Indian
    0.5% Pacific Islander
    0.3% Asian


    21.5%   Hispanic
    78.5%   Non-Hispanic
  • 84%

    Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
  • 14%

    Students with Special Needs
  • 5%

    English Language Learners
  • Charter Network Initiatives

    • Improving K-12 Literacy. Ascend’s curriculum provides teachers with powerful content that drives student achievement, fosters critical thinking and independence of thought, and sparks students’ natural curiosity and love of learning.
    • Building capacity of teachers and leaders to do continuous monitoring. Ascend is uniquely focused on the professional growth of its staff.
    • Deepening a culture of dignity and respect using a responsive and restorative cultural model that allows schools to focus on both intellectual and social learning and problem-solving.

    The Details

    As a resident, you'll work full time under a mentor teacher and have the opportunity to support students daily. Your role in the classroom increases over the course of the year—progressing from working with students one-on-one to facilitating small group discussions, and eventually lead teaching up to three periods a day. Here are some more details about being a resident in Ascend Public Charter Schools.

    During Residency Year

    Estimated Stipend/Wage
    (Resident role subject to change by Ascend Public Charter Schools)
    Health Insurance Provided by Charter Network
    Start Date VIRTUAL: July 2019 (details coming soon)
    ON-GROUND: Fall 2019 (details coming soon)

    After Residency Year

    Job After Graduation After successful completion of the program, you will have a job waiting for you as a teacher in an Ascend Public Charter school. In exchange for providing a master’s subsidy and funding to offset your living expenses during your residency year, Ascend requires you to make a commitment to teach in their public charter schools for a minimum of two years after earning your degree.

    The job placement offer is provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee job placement.

    Estimated Starting Salary with Master’s Degree $65,000

    The figures above are estimates provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee these amounts.