Ascension Academy
College preparatory school

School Profile 2022- 2023

CEEB Code: 440122
Tim Oditt
Head of School
Katy Reid
Director of Admission
kengler@ascensionacademy.org
Elisa Johnson
Academic Dean
ejohnson@ascensionacademy.org
Jackie Chase
Dean of Students
jchase@ascensionacademy.org
Sunnye Jones
Director of College Guidance
sjones@ascensionacademy.org
Kathi Lewis
Middle School Counselor
klewis@ascensionacademy.org
Austin Johnson
Athletic Director
ajohnson@ascensionacademy.org
9301 Ascension Pkwy.
Amarillo, TX 79119
National Honor Society Logo.
About Ascension Academy
Ascension Academy is an independent, college-preparatory, faith-affirming school for students grades six through twelve. Founded in 2000, Ascension is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools(NAIS) and the Texas Private School Association (TPSA).
Mission Statement
Ascension Academy provides students with an exemplary college preparatory education in a challenging, faith-affirming environment to maximize the potential of every student.
The Student Body
Enrollment:
Middle School: 83
High School: 82
Total: 165
Faculty
Full Time: 21
Part Time: 11
With Advanced Degrees: 20
Student Teacher Ratio 5:1
Average Classroom Size 11
Ethnicity
43% of our students self-report
from diverse ethic back-grounds.

Male: 52%
Female: 48%
Variable Tuition
41% of our current students qualify for a variable tuition rate.
Admission
Selection of students is based on a student’s history of academic ability and demonstration of previous motivation and effort. An admission committee makes a determination after evaluating previous grade reports, standardized test scores, admission test and essay, teacher recommendations and personal interview.
The Four Pillars of Ascension Academy
Scholars
Ascension Academy is committed to offering an exemplary college-preparatory education to its students. We offer a number of AP, Dual-Credit, and Pre-AP courses on our campus. All core classes are vertically aligned beginning in middle school. Our students have earned such prestigious recognition as National Merit Scholar, National Hispanic Scholar, Texas Aerospace Scholar, and National AP Scholar. We are a member of Cum Laude Society and National Honor Society and induct members each spring.
Advanced-Placement (AP)
Courses Offered
Biology
U.S. History
Calculus AB
AP Capstone Seminar
AP Capstone Research
Spanish
Chemistry
Computer Science
English Language/Composition
English Literature/Composition
U.S. Government & Politics
Latin
Physics 1
Dual-Credit Courses Offered On Campus
Spanish
English IV (Composition)
Biology Life Science
College Algebra & Trigonometry
Speech
U.S. Government
U.S. History
World Civilizations
Academic Performance Outcomes (Class of 2022)
Memberships and Affiliations
Cum Laude Society

National Honor Society

National Jr. Honor Society
SAT Average Scores: 1272 (645 Reading, 627 Math)
College Readiness Index (CRI): 88%
Artists
The opportunity for creative expression is both valued and encouraged at Ascension Academy. Our high school students are required to take 2 years of Fine Arts and may choose from a number of different classes. Most of our students are enrolled in multiple fine art disciplines.
Memberships and Affiliations
International Thespian Society
International Thespian Society Logo.
Fine Arts Courses Offered
Orchestra (various levels)
Band (various levels)
Choir (middle and high school)
Theater (required for 6th grade)
Theater Performance (middle and high school)
Technical Theater
Theater Intern (with instructor approval)
Film 1 & 2
Studio Art (various levels)
Senior Portfolio (with instructor approval)
Independent Study (with instructor approval)
Ascension Academy Artists
Athletes
At Ascension Academy, we recognize the need for our students to develop physically as well as mentally. In addition, we know that athletics offers abundant opportunities for character development—from team work to perseverance to humility. We offer a number of sports and both the middle and high school levels. Our high school students compete in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). In addition, many of our students participate in off-campus activities and may earn credit for those with administrator approval.
Athletic Teams
Cross Country
Volleyball (girls only)
Basketball
Swimming
Track & Field
Tennis
Golf
Fencing
Bowling
Cheerleading (non-competitive)
Rock Climbing
Selection of Off-Campus Sports
Dance
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Bowling
Archery
Karate
Aerial Arts
TAPPS logo.
Student athlete running track.
Leaders
Leadership is a significant quality that we intentionally develop in all of our students. Our curriculum includes a service learning component, though most of our students go well beyond the required commitment. In addition, we encourage our students to engage in a number of competitive events that take them beyond the classroom in order to foster a deeper understanding of their responsibilities to their community and society as a whole.
Membership and Affiliations
TAPPS Academic Competitions
National Junior Classical League
National Science Bowl
Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering
Journalism Educators of America
Speech and Debate
Citizen Bee
Model UN
Scripps Spelling Bee
Math Counts
LeadershiopAmarillo & Canyon
Places Our Students Have Served
Snack Pak for Kids
Boo at the Zoo
Amarillo Symphony Belles & Beaus
Lonestar Ballet Ushers and Usherettes
Buddy Walk
Special Olympics
Family Support Services
Race for the Cure
High Plains Food Bank
Guyon Saunders Resource Center
Faith City Ministry
Salvation Army
Storybridge
Church Camps
Local, National, and International Missions and more
Collegiate Success
Post Graduate Destination (Past 6 Years)
Abilene Christian University
Amarillo College**
Angelo State University
Arizona State University
Austin College**
Ave Maria University
Baylor University
Carroll College
Clemson University
Colorado College of Mines
Colorado State University
George Mason University
Johnson & Wales University
Marquette University
Minot State University
Mississippi State University
New York University (NYU)
Oklahoma State University
Princeton University
Pepperdine University
Rice University
Simpson College
Southern Methodist University (SMU)
Southwestern University
St. Edward’s University
St. John’s College
St. Mary’s College (TX)
Stanford University
Tarleton State
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University, Galveston
Texas Tech University**
University of Advancing Technology**
University of Alabama**
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign**
University of New Mexico
University of North Texas**
University of Oklahoma
University of Texas, Arlington
University of Texas, Austin
University of Texas, Dallas
University of Wisconsin, Plateville**
Washington and Lee University (VA)
Washington College (MD)
West Texas A&M University**
Wichita State University
Whitman College**
Yale University
**Indicates Class of 2022 Attendance
Ascension Academy graduated students throwing their caps.
Graduating student giving a speech for her graduation.
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