Ascend is proud to be selected for a gift from MacKenzie Scott. Learn more here

Ascend is proud to be selected for a gift from MacKenzie Scott. Learn more here

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Your gift will give Ascend students rich, joyful learning experiences and foster a life of boundless choice.

Ascend is a network of K-12 schools that honor, nurture, and challenge the whole child. We foster critical thinking skills and a love of learning through our inquiry-based learning approach, Responsive Classroom model, and anti-racist education. We are deeply committed to advancing educational equity for all of our students. Your investment supports nearly 6,000 students enrolled in Ascend’s 16 K-12 free public charter schools in Central Brooklyn.

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A critical component of Ascend’s model—one that has been essential to our students’ academic success thus far—is our focus on building a responsive, restorative, warm, and deeply supportive student culture that fosters community and wellbeing. Combined with our inquiry based education approach, our students outperform their district peers —regardless of school, grade, or subject – and attend college at more than 2x the national average for students from communities that are low-income*.

In order to develop and deliver this education, we depend on the charitable support of the philanthropic community to make up the difference in funds that we receive from State and Local funding which do not entirely fund Ascend’s operations. While charter schools are publicly funded schools, the supports that make Ascend’s curriculum impactful are made possible through charitable donations and philanthropic contributions. Ascend is a proud recipient of the MacKenzie Scott $11M gift. It’s an honor to be recognized for our work. These funds will help us invest in our facilities, strengthen our program, and deepen roots within the Brooklyn community.

As a 501(c)3 organization, all donations to Ascend are fully tax-deductible, and gifts of any size are appreciated. Please click the button above to donate using a credit card. We also accept checks, money orders, stock, securities, donor advised funds (DAF), and wire transfers. Please email info@ascendlearning.org with any questions.

With your continued support, we will achieve our goals to best serve our Brooklyn community!


*As of November 2020, 46% of students from high-poverty high schools enrolled in college, compared to 70% of students from low-poverty high schools.

Institutional support


Ascend thanks these organizations for their philanthropic support of our mission.

  • The Achelis and Bodman Foundations

  • The Charlene and David Howe Foundation

  • The Charter School Growth Fund

  • The Charter School Program of the United States Department of Education

  • Hollyhock Foundation

  • The Louis Calder Foundation

  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

  • The New York Community Trust

  • Newscorp

  • Robin Hood

  • Russell Granet and David Beach Family Foundation

  • Propel Capital

  • The Schwab Foundation

  • The Schlendorf Foundation

  • The Two West Foundation

  • Walentas Foundation

  • Tiger Foundation

  • The Walton Family Foundation

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Join us in advocating for legislation and public policies that allow Ascend and other high-performing charter schools to flourish. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to get the latest news, join the discussion, and learn more about how you can help close the achievement gap in American education.

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Contributions of time, talent, and in-kind service are always appreciated. To learn more about how you can support our students on their path to college, contact Ascend Learning at 347-464-7600 ext. 1015 or at info@ascendlearning.org.

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