If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.

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The Texas Panhandle's only private college preparatory school for students in grades 6 through 12


PAA (pronounced “paw”) is a self-governing organization to facilitate parents working with faculty, staff, and administration to enhance our students’ education in every way possible.   Each Spring PAA elects officers from among parents to direct the organization and manage the monies raised by PAA.  The PAA President serves as a member of the Board of Regents during his/her tenure, presenting reports, ideas, and concerns to the administration and Board of Regents for consideration.

How Can I Become a  Member?


Any parent of an Ascension student is automatically a member of PAA.  Here are some of the many ways you can make your PAA membership count for Ascension:

  • Come to our meetings and let your voice be heard!  See our schedule of meetings below.

  • Get involved in our annual Gala fund-raiser in the spring! Beginning with the first fundraiser in 2000, PAA has provided an annual donation to fund projects for our students. The track stadium seating, school van, computer and technology upgrades, fencing scoreboard, science DVD's, swim lane fees, senior survival camps, and sports uniforms were provided with these funds.  This year our efforts will be used for very specific items needed to enhance the programs at Ascension.  These will be discussed and selected at PAA meetings this year.

  • Volunteer! You can, provide food for school events, assist during lunches, serve on a committee, share your unique talents and connections.

  • Help host our Back to School night in September.

  • Help host our recruitment Open House event in November.

  • Help honor our teachers by participating in the Christmas brunch and the May Teacher Appreciation Week activities.

  • Support the school through your contributions to the Annual Fund campaign in the fall.

Remember, great schools don’t just happen.  They come alive when dedicated and inspired teachers work with talented and hard-working students supported by caring and involved parents.   The school needs you this year—and PAA is the best way for you to help us become the great school we aspire to be!

What is the Cardinal Cafe?


The Cardinal Cafe is a canteen in the cafeteria for our students run by parents and grandparents. Volunteers are always needed!

PAA  Calendar of Events


September: Registration, Parent’s Back to School Night

November: Open House

December: Teacher Christmas Luncheon

February: Gala

May: Teacher Appreciation Day, Ice Cream Social & Talent Show

PAA  Monthly Meetings  (6:30 p.m. in Cafe)


PAA will be offering two times for the first meeting. Both meetings will cover the same materials. You will learn about all of the different committees that are a part of PAA and how you can be involved. Mark your calendars!

  • Friday, October 2 at 8:30 am - Ascension Academy Cafetorium

  • Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00 pm - Ascension Academy Cafetorium

Officers, Committee Chairs,  and Coordinators


Reach out!

President:  Camey Maldonado (

Vice President:  Danna Lagen

Secretary:  Raji Bolton

From Our Parents


We are thankful that we chose Ascension Academy for our sons’ education several years ago.  Joshua and Jacob are benefiting in more ways than we imagined in their middle school and high school years.  Looking back, we can see how both of them are growing more fully into the young men that God is calling them to become. 


Ascension Academy is preparing them, daily, for their college years, giving them a much more broad perspective on life. The smaller class sizes afford more personal one on one time with their teachers, and individualized instruction is given when necessary. Questions are heard and answered in a timely manner for both parents and students.  The few times I’ve had to reach out to teachers and/or faculty members, my emails received almost immediate response. This is remarkable at the middle school and high school levels. The teachers truly care about their students; the students love and respect their teachers.  Ascension Academy plays a vital role in our sons’ lives as it upholds our value system on the home front.  Knowing they are in a safe, nurturing, and positive environment when they are away from our home during the school day, gives us invaluable comfort.


Joshua and Jacob have been able to participate in sports and they have wonderful coaches who have helped them tap into and dig deep into something they have found inside themselves. The size of our school offers a more one on one approach in both academics and extracurricular.

We are most grateful for the friendships that not only our boys have made, but also that we as parents have made.  Our family has been blessed with life long, enduring friendships that will last through the years.  We eagerly anticipate the community of our school growing closer and becoming more unified under the direction of our new headmaster. 


Change is our only constant and we must embrace it with an attitude of gratitude.


The Marshall’s are forever grateful for Ascension Academy!!!

Chad and Julie Marshall 

Parents of Jacob (Eighth Grade) and Joshua (Tenth Grade)

We did not set out to send our kids to private school, but we found that the public elementary school curriculum was geared toward preparing a child to be good test takers and herding the masses through. We wanted a school that would provide the academic rigor that would help shape a young mind and allow our children to become critical thinking adults. After living in many places across the United States we found the academic environment that we were looking for at Ascension Academy. Within a few short years, our oldest son has grown in self-confidence that has allowed him to pursue his interest both in academics and the arts in a nurturing environment. 

I would recommend Ascension Academy to any family that seeks to provide their children with the tools of success through a nurturing educational environment that will challenge their children to reach for a higher academic standard.


Marvin and Kathy Robinson
Parents of David (2017 Graduate) and Devon & Desmond (12th Grade)

Ascension Academy provides students with an exemplary college preparatory education in a challenging, faith-affirming environment to maximize the potential of every student.

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9301 Ascension Parkway    Amarillo, TX 79119

PO Box 50729

Amarillo, TX 79159-0729