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.

19-20 ALA Virtual 8th Grade Promotion Celebration

19-20 ALA Virtual Awards Ceremony

ALA News

ALA's Update from Managing Director on Returning to School 20-21

Linked below is a letter from ALA's Managing Director, Justin Smith, related to the work of ALA's Return to School committee  is doing to prepare for the 2020-21 school year.  This letter outlines the focus of this committee and the varying plans they are creating due to the COVID-19 pandemic

ALA's Board of Directors revise the 20-21 Calendar

ALA's Board of Directors has approved revisions to ALA's school calendar for the 20-21 school year.  Changes were necessary to include 5 remote learning days as required by SB 704.  ALA's first day of school remains August 24th and the last day of school is June 8th.  See the revised calendar linked 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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