Academics & Programs

Together We Make The Difference

Ascension Leadership Academy features an accredited academic curriculum focusing on academics and leadership. Students in grades K – 12 learn how to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in their community.

We hold Cognia accreditation, the highest accreditation standard offered, and our curriculum is defined by the Alabama Department of Education’s Courses of Study. This ensures that all school credits transfer to other primary and secondary schools and, upon completing graduation requirements, are accepted by any college or university.

It’s the teachers, the environment, and the enrichment programs that make Ascension Leadership Academy better. Most classes have fewer than 10 students, so the teachers know your child. The level of communication with the family is extraordinary. This makes adjusting to changes in the child’s environment, at home or at school, seamless. And it leads to better outcomes in discipline and academic success.

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  Enrichment Programs & Fine Arts

Enrichment opportunities abound at Ascension Leadership Academy. Enrichment is centered around students’ interests and range from art and music, environmental issues, government, and career opportunities.

Classes are organized so that every Friday provides an opportunity to explore interests. While the students call them Fun Fridays, each program meets specific educational goals. They require a level of planning and implementation that would be challenging at a larger school, but are a weekly occurrence at Ascension Leadership Academy.

Students benefit from the inclusion in a fine arts program focused on music, art, and performance.

Read About a Recent Enrichment Friday


 College Prep/Dual Enrollment

While in high school, more than 50% of our graduates earn college credit through the dual and/or accelerated college credit programs at Central Alabama Community College.

We offer a college preparatory curriculum based on state and national standards. Students meeting the requirements for Central Alabama Community College (CACC) are encouraged to take dual enrollment classes through CACC. This opportunity begins in tenth grade and students taking full advantage of the classes earn one to two years of college credit upon graduation from high school.


 STEM

An emphasis is placed on incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities as regular components of the instructional program, and we place a strong emphasis on leadership and fine arts.

Grades 7-12 use online instructional programs as an option for initial instruction, but certified teachers in all content areas reinforce and extend instruction through blended learning opportunities.


 Distance Learning/Online Capabilities

We use online educational programs with in-class teacher support to personalize many subjects. This allows a student to move ahead when he or she is able or double back to pick up a particularly challenging concept. These digital capabilities are fully supported by in-person faculty familiar with the subject matter, the online curriculum, and each student’s strengths or weaknesses.


COVID19 Response

The use of online programs made transition to at-home education in the spring of 2020 relatively easy. When classes stopped at other schools while they developed online curriculums, Ascension Leadership Academy students barely missed a day of educational time. Teachers were available by telephone, text messages, email, and other online technologies throughout the rest of the school year. By the end of the year, all students successfully completed their required work.

While students in many schools were working from packets of instructional materials, Ascension students continued their online class instruction with the support of their teachers. Some of our students in grades 7-12 completed one or two courses early — two students completed all grade level requirements early — and three students completed the Carnegie Units Requirements for two grade levels during this academic year.

As Covid 19 challenges unfold for the fall semester 2020 Ascension Leadership Academy will provide a safe, healthy environment for all of our students where they can continue to meet their education objectives — whether it’s in the classroom or from their own homes.

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 our graduates attend
2-year or 4-year colleges
99% meet the requirement to be college or workforce ready*
“What I like about Ascension Leadership Academy is the safe, clean, and orderly environment that allows my children to receive a quality education.”

Shandra Thomas

Ascension Parent