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Ascend Charter School


Ascend Public Charter Schools provides an extraordinary liberal arts, college-preparatory education to students in educationally underserved communities in Brooklyn — New York City’s most populous borough. Our overarching mission is to place our students firmly on the path to success in college and beyond, offering them an opportunity to transform their lives and the lives of their communities.

Founded in 2007, and having opened its flagship school Brooklyn Ascend Charter School in 2008, the Ascend network today comprises nine schools in the Central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, and East Flatbush. This school year, nearly 4,000 students in kindergarten through 10th grade from these and surrounding Brooklyn communities will benefit from the private school-caliber education Ascend schools provide.

Ascend Public Charter Schools offers a rich, varied, rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum, in a warm, supportive, and joyful culture. All Ascend schools occupy inspiring, light-filled, privately-leased facilities. Ascend schools are open to all students by lottery—with no admission criteria other than New York City residence—at no cost to families. Ascend schools serve all students and actively seek to fill every available seat.


Steven F. Wilson
Founder and Chief Executive Officer