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In the middle school, the curriculum is broadened and students deepen the skills introduced in the lower school. Ascend’s Humanities Program is the natural successor to the lower school literacy program; its primary goals are cultural literacy; critical-thinking, writing, and close-reading. The middle school math program develops students to become strong problem solvers, with a knack for interpreting the world mathematically, and the science program harnesses the study of science and technology to explore issues of importance to students, their community, and society.
Watch Brownsville Ascend sixth graders discover the beauty and power of algebra.
After completing Ascend’s lower school program, students have developed the social and emotional capacities to thrive in a new environment where they enjoy increasing freedoms and responsibilities. Relying on the Responsive Classroom approach in middle school, we build a climate where our students’ desire for autonomy, competence, relationship, and fun are met; where students feel connected, heard, empowered, and safe; and where they are encouraged to begin developing independence of action and character.
The central focus of Ascend’s middle school culture is the development of agency—students’ knowledge that they are in control of their own lives and can act of their own free choices. The scaffolding of the early years is gradually pulled away so students can self-manage with increased autonomy.
This capacity will prove essential for further growth in high school, and in preparation for post-secondary life. Beginning in middle school, students transition between classes autonomously, take part in daily Advisory meetings, and choose their own elective enrichment classes.
Brooklyn Ascend Middle
123 East 98th Street
Brownsville Ascend Middle
1501 Pitkin Avenue
Bushwick Ascend Middle
2 Aberdeen Street
Canarsie Ascend Middle
744 East 87th Street
Central Brooklyn Ascend Middle
1886 Nostrand Avenue
Cypress Hills Ascend Middle
396 Grant Avenue
Grades 5 (in 2022)–6-8 (in 2025)
Flatbush Ascend Middle
123 Linden Boulevard
Grades 5 (in 2023)–6-8 (in 2026)