Ascension Academy
College preparatory school

School Profile 2023- 2024

CEEB Code: 440122
Tim Oditt
Head of School
Katy Reid
Director of Admission
Elisa Johnson
Academic Dean
Jackie Chase
Dean of Students
Sunnye Jones
Director of College Guidance
Ann Ferguson
School Counselor
Austin Johnson
Athletic Director
9301 Ascension Pkwy.
Amarillo, TX 79119
National Honor Society Logo.
About Ascension Academy
Ascension Academy is an independent, college-preparatory school for students grades six through twelve.  Founded in 2000, Ascension is accredited 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
Middle School: 66
High School: 65
Total: 131
Full Time: 20
Part Time: 13
With Advanced Degrees: 20
Student Teacher Ratio 5:1
Average Classroom Size 11
45% of our students self-report
from diverse ethic back-grounds.

Male: 53%
Female: 47%
Variable Tuition
38% of our current students qualify for a variable tuition rate.
Admission consideration is based on the evaluation of a student’s history of academic ability and demonstrated motivation and effort. Evaluation criteria include admission testing outcomes, previous grade reports and standardized test scores, recommendations, and student/parent interviews.
The Four Pillars of Ascension Academy
Ascension Academy is committed to offering an exemplary college-preparatory education to its students. We offer a number of AP, Dual-Credit , and College Prep 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 the Cum Laude Society and National Honor Society and induct members each spring.
Advanced-Placement (AP)
Courses Offered
Capstone Seminar
Capstone Research
U.S. History II
Calculus AB
Computer Science
English Language/Composition
English Literature/Composition
U.S. Government & Politics

Associate Degree Program through Amarillo College

General Studies
Liberal Arts
Dual-Credit Courses Offered On Campus
Biology Life Science
College Algebra & Trigonometry
U.S. Government
U.S. History II
World Civilizations II
Memberships and Affiliations
Cum Laude Society

National Honor Society

National Jr. Honor Society
Academic Performance Outcomes (Class of 2023)
SAT Average Score: 1244
ACT Average Score: 26.2
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 throughout their high school years
Memberships and Affiliations
International Thespian Society
International Thespian Society Logo.
Fine Arts Courses Offered
Orchestra (various levels)
Band/Wind Ensemble (various levels)
Choir (middle and high school)
Drama (required for 6th grade)
Theater Performance (middle and high school)
Technical Theater (high school)
Theater Intern (with instructor approval)
Film I & II
Studio Art (various levels)
Senior Portfolio (with instructor approval)
Independent Study (with instructor approval)
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 at both the middle and high school levels.  Our middle school students compete in the West Texas Christian Athletics Association (WTCAA). 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 with administrator approval.
Athletic Teams
Cross Country
Volleyball (girls only)
Track & Field
Cheerleading (non-competitive)
Rock Climbing
Selection of Off-Campus Sports
Ice Hockey
Ice Skating
Martial Arts
TAPPS logo.
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 & State 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
Leadership Amarillo & Canyon
Ogallala Commons Internship Program
Places Our Students Have Served
High Plains Food Bank
Hillside Nursing Home
Amarillo Zoo
Snack Pak 4 Kids
City Church
Amarillo Symphony Belles & Beaus 
Lone Star Ballet Usher & Usherette
Special Olympics
Discovery Center
Family Support Services
Eveline Rivers
Race for the Cure
Guyon Saunders Resource Center
Salvation Army 
Church Camps & Mission Trips

All-School Volunteer Day
In addition to volunteering as individuals and clubs at various nonprofits and charities, students at Ascension participate in a school-wide service day each year. On service day in 2022, 6th-grade students completed deep cleaning and maintenance projects at the school, while 7th graders brought Fall décor gifts and performed orchestra and choir numbers at the Hillside Nursing Home. 8th graders packed boxes at the High Plains Food Bank, and all high school students volunteered to set up for a fundraising event at the Amarillo Zoo.
Collegiate Success
Post Graduate Destination (Past 7 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
Kansas State University**
Louisiana State University**
Lubbock Christian University**
Marquette University
McMurry 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 Colorado at Boulder**
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 2023 Attendance
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