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, and 9th grade students from Lee and Harnett Counties.  ALA serves approximately 80 students in each grade level.

19-20 ALA Virtual 8th Grade Promotion Celebration

19-20 ALA Virtual Awards Ceremony

ALA News

ALA's Virtual Awards Day ceremony for 19-20 school year took place on Thursday May 28th @ 6pm

ALA’s Administration and teachers hosted a virtual Awards Day to acknowledge the accomplishments of our ALA students during the 2019-20 school year. This event took place on Thursday, May 28th at 6pm.  You can view this presentation at the link below. 

Virtual ALA 8th Grade Promotion Celebration, Friday May 29th @ 6pm

ALA's Administration and 8th grade team will celebrate our first set of 8th graders as they move up to become high-school freshmen! Our 8th Grade Promotion Celebration will be broadcast on YouTube Friday, May 29th at 6pm.  ALA faculty and staff will honor the accomplishments of 8th grade students as they culminate their Middle School careers and embark on High School. You can access this event by clicking the link below.

The 2nd Annual ALA Sports Banquet took place Thursday, May 21st @6pm

ALA's Athletics Department and coaches recognized all of the sports teams and issued awards to deserving students from the various teams.  This event was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a link to the recording of the event for those who were not able to view it live. We will distribute all of the awards to students the week of June 1=5.

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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