About Ascension

We believe that all children have the ability to learn. 

Our intent is to foster the development of a strong moral core, create an interest in learning, develop life-long self-disciplined learners, and students who will become the leaders of their communities and provide service to others throughout their lives.

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Ascension Leadership Academy is a ministry of the Presbyterian Home for Children and had its beginnings in the on-campus educational program at the Home, but has grown into so much more.

For nearly 20 years it has served community students who love the school for its attention to individual needs, wide-ranging enrichment programs, and ability to prepare young people for their next steps into adulthood and their further education.

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The Home’s education program was first accredited in 2005. That accreditation was recently renewed until June, 2024. Cognia accreditation ensures quality instruction and confidence that grades will be accepted by all schools nationally and internationally.

Cognia accredits more than 36,000 schools across the country and around the world.


Ascension Leadership Academy is part of the Presbyterian Home for Children Education System. The Presbyterian Home for Children is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

All charitable gifts made to the Presbyterian Home for Children are tax-deductible in accordance with current tax laws. The Federal Tax ID number is 63-030753.

Gifts made to the Presbyterian Home for Children can be designated for use in education. This will allow your gift to benefit the students at Ascension Leadership Academy.

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Graduation Statistics

Recent graduates have attended the University of Alabama, UAB, Auburn University, Gadsden State Community College, Central Alabama Community College, Southern Union Community College and others.

50% of graduates attend
2-year or 4-year colleges
99% meet the requirement to be college or workforce ready


The school entered into partnership with First Presbyterian Church and moved from the campus of the Presbyterian Home to its current location at 130 North Street East, Suite C, Talladega, AL 35160. The building connects to the historic First Presbyterian Church on North Street but with separate, secure entrances for the school. The newly-renovated building has been created with the needs and expectations of today’s modern students in mind. Dynamic classrooms are designed to provide students with the settings to work in collaborative groups and at individual work stations capable of accommodating their learning style.