ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS

"Our students want to learn. It is one of the great things I find at Ascension: our students are always asking for more in different ways because the learning process is important to them."

Elisa Johnson, Dean of Academics

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ENGLISH

Courses Offered


  • Texas History
  • Geography
  • American History
  • World Civilizations I
  • World Civilizations II (Dual Credit)
  • U.S. History I
  • U.S. History II (AP/Dual Credit)
  • U.S. Government (AP)
  • Macroeconomics
  • Geopolitics, Speech and Debate, Model UN




Middle School Overview


A strong foundation for future studies is established with a combined approach incorporating both geography and Texas History. Students build on this knowledge with an in-depth introduction to American history while broadening their understanding of the world and the methodology of historical studies through an exploration of ancient civilizations.




High School Overview


Students are uniquely equipped for success in college level courses including history, political science, economics, and other social sciences. Throughout their high school careers, history students continue to develop skills in research, critical analysis and writing, and gain a deeper understanding of the methodology of historical studies.





MATHEMATICS

Courses Offered


  • Texas History
  • Geography
  • American History
  • World Civilizations I
  • World Civilizations II (Dual Credit)
  • U.S. History I
  • U.S. History II (AP/Dual Credit)
  • U.S. Government (AP)
  • Macroeconomics
  • Geopolitics, Speech and Debate, Model UN




Middle School Overview


A strong foundation for future studies is established with a combined approach incorporating both geography and Texas History. Students build on this knowledge with an in-depth introduction to American history while broadening their understanding of the world and the methodology of historical studies through an exploration of ancient civilizations.




High School Overview


Students are uniquely equipped for success in college level courses including history, political science, economics, and other social sciences. Throughout their high school careers, history students continue to develop skills in research, critical analysis and writing, and gain a deeper understanding of the methodology of historical studies.





SCIENCE

Courses Offered


  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth Science
  • College Preparatory Biology
  • College Preparatory Chemistry
  • College Preparatory Physics
  • Crime Scene Forensics
  • Physics 1 (AP)
  • Biology (AP)
  • Life Science (Dual Credit)
  • Chemistry (AP)
  • Psychology (Dual Credit)




Middle School Overview


Students prepare for their high school science experience by teaching lab skills such as proper use of equipment, observing, measuring, graphing, data collection using technology, designing experiments, making models as well as microscope care and operation.




High School Overview


We teach our students the scientific knowledge they need to be successful in a college classroom and skills to apply that knowledge in life. We develop a scientific mindset while engaging students in multiple laboratory investigations every week. By incorporating independent and cooperative group learning experiences, we encourage the development of critical thinking, decision making and collaboration. While nurturing curiosity about the natural world, we include opportunities to engage in science and engineering practices using technology.





HISTORY

Courses Offered


  • Texas History
  • Geography
  • American History
  • World Civilizations I
  • World Civilizations II (Dual Credit)
  • U.S. History I
  • U.S. History II (AP/Dual Credit)
  • U.S. Government (AP)
  • Macroeconomics
  • Geopolitics, Speech and Debate, Model UN




Middle School Overview


A strong foundation for future studies is established with a combined approach incorporating both geography and Texas History. Students build on this knowledge with an in-depth introduction to American history while broadening their understanding of the world and the methodology of historical studies through an exploration of ancient civilizations.




High School Overview


Students are uniquely equipped for success in college level courses including history, political science, economics, and other social sciences. Throughout their high school careers, history students continue to develop skills in research, critical analysis and writing, and gain a deeper understanding of the methodology of historical studies.





WORLD LANGUAGES

Courses Offered


  • Latin 1A, 1B
  • Latin I, II, III
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin AP
  • Spanish 1A, 1B
  • Spanish I, II, III
  • Spanish AP




Middle School Overview


Latin IA-IB and Spanish IA-IB allows students to fully enrich their academic experience beginning in seventh grade. The focus of these beginning classes is to give students a foundation in the grammar, vocabulary and structure of the respective languages while challenging them to think critically about how language is used.




High School Overview


Students are offered advanced language courses to build on the grammar, vocabulary and cultural knowledge introduced in the middle school classes or Level I. Learning the grammar, structure, and vocabulary of any of the languages has many positives: according to the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), students receive, among other benefits, improved cognitive, spatial, and verbal abilities, as well as improved memory skills and problem solving skills.





TECHNOLOGY

Courses Offered


  • Latin 1A, 1B
  • Latin I, II, III
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin AP
  • Spanish 1A, 1B
  • Spanish I, II, III
  • Spanish AP




Middle School Overview


Latin IA-IB and Spanish IA-IB allows students to fully enrich their academic experience beginning in seventh grade. The focus of these beginning classes is to give students a foundation in the grammar, vocabulary and structure of the respective languages while challenging them to think critically about how language is used.




High School Overview


Students are offered advanced language courses to build on the grammar, vocabulary and cultural knowledge introduced in the middle school classes or Level I. Learning the grammar, structure, and vocabulary of any of the languages has many positives: according to the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), students receive, among other benefits, improved cognitive, spatial, and verbal abilities, as well as improved memory skills and problem solving skills.





COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA

Courses Offered


  • Latin 1A, 1B
  • Latin I, II, III
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin AP
  • Spanish 1A, 1B
  • Spanish I, II, III
  • Spanish AP




Middle School Overview


Latin IA-IB and Spanish IA-IB allows students to fully enrich their academic experience beginning in seventh grade. The focus of these beginning classes is to give students a foundation in the grammar, vocabulary and structure of the respective languages while challenging them to think critically about how language is used.




High School Overview


Students are offered advanced language courses to build on the grammar, vocabulary and cultural knowledge introduced in the middle school classes or Level I. Learning the grammar, structure, and vocabulary of any of the languages has many positives: according to the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), students receive, among other benefits, improved cognitive, spatial, and verbal abilities, as well as improved memory skills and problem solving skills.





AP CAPSTONE

Courses Offered


  • Texas History
  • Geography
  • American History
  • World Civilizations I
  • World Civilizations II (Dual Credit)
  • U.S. History I
  • U.S. History II (AP/Dual Credit)
  • U.S. Government (AP)
  • Macroeconomics
  • Geopolitics, Speech and Debate, Model UN




Middle School Overview


A strong foundation for future studies is established with a combined approach incorporating both geography and Texas History. Students build on this knowledge with an in-depth introduction to American history while broadening their understanding of the world and the methodology of historical studies through an exploration of ancient civilizations.




High School Overview


Students are uniquely equipped for success in college level courses including history, political science, economics, and other social sciences. Throughout their high school careers, history students continue to develop skills in research, critical analysis and writing, and gain a deeper understanding of the methodology of historical studies.





FINE ARTS

Courses Offered


  • Texas History
  • Geography
  • American History
  • World Civilizations I
  • World Civilizations II (Dual Credit)
  • U.S. History I
  • U.S. History II (AP/Dual Credit)
  • U.S. Government (AP)
  • Macroeconomics
  • Geopolitics, Speech and Debate, Model UN




Middle School Overview


A strong foundation for future studies is established with a combined approach incorporating both geography and Texas History. Students build on this knowledge with an in-depth introduction to American history while broadening their understanding of the world and the methodology of historical studies through an exploration of ancient civilizations.




High School Overview


Students are uniquely equipped for success in college level courses including history, political science, economics, and other social sciences. Throughout their high school careers, history students continue to develop skills in research, critical analysis and writing, and gain a deeper understanding of the methodology of historical studies.





RELIGION

Courses Offered


  • Catholic
  • Protestant
  • Global Religion




General Overview


As one of the foundations of Ascension, faith instruction fosters a culture where students may deepen the understanding of their own faith while learning to respect and appreciate the faith of others. Students are given content instruction at appropriate age levels in a progression of their chosen course of study.




Overall Department Goal


Helping students deepen their faith while finding common ground necessary to live in an increasingly diverse local, national, and world community.





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