The mission of Ascend Leadership Academy is to develop successful student leaders by growing their self-efficacy, intellectual understanding, and social competence.  ALA will accomplish this by applying innovative teaching methods, incorporating student cultural realities and cultivating student ownership in the learning community.

Our school leadership has identified educational programs that encourage student empowerment in the learning environment.  These programs also are designed to nurture student talents and produce effective leaders for the 21st century.

Ascend Leadership Academy's open application period for the 2020-21 school year has closed.  However you can still apply for grades 6-10.  To apply please click the link the below.

Welcome to ALA

Ascend Leadership Academy (ALA) is a transformative Project-Based Leadership (PBLe) school. ALA is a tuition-free public charter school that is located in Lee County, NC.

ALA currently serves 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade students from Lee and Harnett Counties.  ALA serves approximately 80 students in each grade level for a total of approximately 400 students for the 2020-21 school year.

ALA Town Hall Meeting July 28th

ALA News

ALA hosted a town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at 6pm

ALA's administrative team hosted a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at 6pm.  The objective of the meeting was to discuss ALA's return to school plan and answer any stakeholder questions regarding the plan.  Specific information including the daily schedule and course structure were shared with families. You can view the recording of this meeting by following the link below.

2020-21 ALA Student Supply Lists

ALA has just released the student supply lists for the 2021 school year.  Below are the supply lists by grade level.  Please review the lists and make your purchases where necessary.  For more information or questions please contact Janice Jett at

ALA 20-21 Bus Transportation Application

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ALA's bus transportation will be limited to encourage social distancing under Plan B of our operation.  Because of this ALA administration is requiring all those who wish to utilize ALA's bus transportation under Plan B to complete the application linked below.    

Contact Us

Phone: (919) 842-5411

Fax:  (919) 842-3545


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School Hours

Earliest Drop off:  7:30

School Start:  8:15

School End:  3:00

Latest Pick Up:  3:15

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283 Harvey Faulk Road, Sanford, NC 27332

Phone: (919) 842-5411

Fax:  (919) 842-3545

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