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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.  Babysitting is provided for your younger children on campus during the meetings.

  • 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!

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)


Monthly Meetings are typically the first Thursday of each month but modified according to athletic games and student events on campus.  We meet in the school board room or the cafetorium,  depending on the size of the group.  Child care can easily be made available by our HS student helpers to help support our parent involvement.  Please contact PAA President, Camey Maldonado for more information at

Officers, Committee Chairs,  and Coordinators


President:  Camey Maldonado (

Vice President:  Danna Lagen (

Secretary:  Raji Bolton (


Lunch/Canteen Coordinator: Susan Springer (

From Our Parents


We chose Ascension because we like what Ascension has to offer: smaller classes, dedicated teachers, a safer environment, and more individual attention.  We are proud that our children have an opportunity to study their faith in their school. The teachers here truly take time with the students. I see it from a parent's and an employee's perspective. Our child is not a statistic at Ascension, but a person known by every teacher and staff member. We would recommend Ascension because of the quality of education and the bonds formed between students and staff.

Matt & Claudia McClellan
Parents of Callie (Graduate of 2016)

We did not set out to send our kids to private school, but we found that 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 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 (11th Grade)

Founded in 2000, Ascension Academy is Amarillo's only college preparatory school providing an education in a challenging, faith-affirming environment to maximize
the potential of every student. 

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(806) 342 - 0515

9301 Ascension Parkway

Amarillo, Texas 79119

Mailing Address:

PO Box 50729

Amarillo, Texas 79159-0729