Admissions

We believe that all children have the ability to learn.

Leadership is a quality interwoven throughout our curriculum. 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. Our academic program centers on the development of courage/excellence, honesty, wisdom, and compassion. The educational program at Ascension Leadership Academy is designed to nurture these qualities.

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Our Beliefs

  • The education of all students is the primary focus of Ascension Leadership Academy.
  • Taking into consideration student exceptionalities and cultural diversity, we maintain high expectations for all students and believe that all students can learn.
  • Students are entitled to an education in a positive environment that is safe, nurturing, free from distractions, physically comfortable, and stimulating; therefore, conductive to learning.
  • Faculty and staff strive to assist students in realizing the relationship between curriculum content and their lives beyond the classroom.
  • The curriculum is implemented to develop strong moral character, to instill self-respect, and to foster positive self-esteem, thereby producing students who will become responsible members of society.

Our caring faculty provides the security and encouragement for students to have confidence in exploring new knowledge. Students know their educational quest will be met with support. Their interests are fostered through community partnerships that provide training in the arts and field trips that promote and support this development.

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Student Admissions Process

Admission decisions on student applications are made by the Admission Team.

When application information is complete, the Admission Team will make recommendations to accept or not accept the application. Once accepted, families have 10 days to return their enrollment agreement and non-refundable first month tuition deposit to reserve their place at Ascension Leadership Academy.

NOTE: Decisions are made on a weekly basis while spaces are available. Interviews and campus visits can be scheduled by appointment. For further information, please contact the Director of Education at (256) 362-4314, the assistant to the director at 256-589-8350, or email to ascension.academy@phfc.org

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Tuition and Fees

As a private, accredited school, Ascension Leadership Academy is priced at $400 per month for 10 months with many partial scholarships available. There is also a discount for multiple children from one household attending the school. This price includes school supplies, group enrichment programs, travel to those programs, books, and most activities. School uniforms, private lessons, and a one-time purchase of a Chromebook are not included.


Information/Tours

For more information about the Academy, including a tour of the facilities, email ascension.academy@phfc.org or call us at (256) 362-4314 or (256) 589-8350.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I consider Ascension Leadership Academy?
    Your child is unique. He or she may or may not learn like everyone else. At Ascension Leadership Academy, we understand that.

    With flexible programs, enrichment opportunities that make learning fun, and virtual options that fit the needs of a changing world, we reach all the goals and requirements of a traditional education in a not-so-traditional environment.
    Ascension Leadership Academy features an accredited academic curriculum and a culture of academics and leadership. Students in grades K – 12 learn how to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in their community. Ascension Leadership Academy holds Cognia accreditation, the highest accreditation standard offered, and follows 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.

    All of the teachers at the Academy are long-time career teachers with excellent reputations.
  • Who is a good candidate for Ascension Leadership Academy?
    Any student who is not living up to his or her potential in a traditional school and could benefit from a more personal approach to his or her education. Any parent who is frustrated with a feeling that their child is not being challenged or could accomplish more in a different school environment.

    Our purpose for this ministry is to recognize the potential of each student and to convince them that the only limiting factor to their achievement is their dedication to excel. Our overall purpose is to develop a love for learning in our students because to meet the challenges they will face in their workforce they will have to continue to learn throughout their lives. Paraphrasing Mark Elgart, President and Chief Executive Officer for AdvancED, we are educating students to work in jobs that do not exist and to solve problems that have not been thought of.

    You owe it to yourself and to your child to explore the possibilities.

    What makes your child different, can make your child a success at Ascension Leadership Academy.
  • Is Ascension accredited?
    Yes. 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.
  • How do I apply?
    You can find out how to apply and start your application online by clicking the “Apply” button at the top of the page.

    For a student to be considered for admission to Ascension Leadership Academy, the following are required:

    – Completed application with a $100 non-refundable application processing fee returned to the Admission Team

    – Return recent transcript including grades from current school year to the Admission Team

    – Three reference letters (with contact information)

    – Schedule and complete a parent and student interview with the Admission Team (a campus visit is recommended) the Director of Education at (256) 362-4314, the assistant to the director at 256-589-8350, or email to ascension.academy@phfc.org
  • How can I donate to Ascension?
    You can donate online here or by using the “Give” button at the top of the page.

    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.
  • How much is tuition?
    As a private, accredited school, Ascension Leadership Academy is priced at $400 per month for 10 months with many partial scholarships available. There is also a discount for multiple children from one household attending the school. This price includes school supplies, group enrichment programs, travel to those programs, books, and most activities. School uniforms, private lessons, and a one-time purchase of a Chromebook are not included.