The Texas Panhandle's only private college preparatory school for students in grades 6 through 12
ASCENSION ACADEMY HISTORY
A Vision Forms
Ascension Academy began as the shared vision of a group of concerned parents and educators in the
1990s. These individuals recognized the need for an independently-run secondary school that would
provide a safe, nurturing, faith-respecting, and academically-challenging environment for young people
in the Amarillo metro and surrounding area.
The First Classes
After years of planning and preparation, the Ascension Academy Board of Regents welcomed the
school’s first group of students in September of 2000. For six years the school operated in a temporary
structure located adjacent to Southwest Baptist Church.
A Place To Call Home
In August 2006, Ascension Academy moved into its permanent facility just west of 45th and Soncy on 41
acres of land donated by the Gwendolyn Marsh and Emeline Sobieski families. The facility encompasses
more than 40,000 square feet of instructional and student activity space situated on a 41-acre
campus. The original building included 16 classrooms, a library, a combined cafeteria and auditorium,
and office space. In an effort to meet the demands of a steadily increasing enrollment, construction
began in the summer of 2012 to add a new high school wing and additional space to what will become
the middle school wing at the completion of construction. The construction included adding ten
classrooms, two commons areas, practice rooms for musicians, more office space, an eight-lane, all-
weather track and field, and a garage and maintenance facility. Future plans envision the creation of
even more athletic fields, a kitchen in the cafeteria, and the addition of a performing arts center.
A Special Thank You
Ascension Academy could not exist without the tireless energy and forward thinking of its founders and
without the generosity of many of the Panhandle’s philanthropic families. The school is especially
indebted to the generosity of Joseph H. and Arlene Pool, whose investment in its facilities and programs
have been indispensable to the success of the school.