ALA's Educational Plan
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.
Culture of Innovation and Creativity
Research shows that high-performing schools award greater decision-making influence to teacher teams and in particular, students than do low-performing schools. At ALA, we create a school environment where students are empowered and take ownership in their learning. Our school culture requires students to build problem solving skills that will help them have a positive impact on their community. Students are provided with a rigorous academic program that will prepare them for college and life in the 21st Century. Our innovative approach includes the combination of Project Based Learning techniques with our RAISE Leadership program to develop our Project Based Leadership pedagogy. This high-stakes method of instruction requires students to use their unique talents and academic knowledge to complete projects that have a positive impact on their local community.
ALA's Core Programs
Project-Based Leadership (PBLe)
PBLe is unique to ALA and merges the essentials of traditional project based learning with our unique Leadership program to give students unique learning opportunities where they use their academic knowledge to impact their local community.
RAISE Leadership Curriculum
Our RAISE leadership program includes a curriculum that actively promotes leadership and the core values of Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Service, and Excellence. Teachers lead students in weekly lessons that promote the use of these values in daily life.
Digital Media Curriculum
Each student takes Digital Media courses that expose them to the latest digital software and technology; receiving training in graphic/game design, audio/video production, animation, and programming.