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.

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  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 Middle School Open House Video

ALA High School Open House Video

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ALA First Day of School is August 24th

ALA will begin the 2020-21 school year in a remote learning environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students will meet with their teachers and classmates via online platforms and utilize Canvas as a Learning Management system. Students should login daily to meet with teachers in their various classes based on the listed schedules 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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