Ascension Episcopal School

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Basic Information

Address: 2525 Seagler Road , Houston , TX , 77042
Phone Number: 713-783-0260 x206
Fax Number: 713-787-9162

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Additional Information

President: Linda Pipkin
School Type: Private, Episcopalian
Ages/Grades: 10months- 5 th grade
School Setting:

Urban

School Size: 140 students
Classroom Size: 6-12 students per teacher
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12/1
Tuition:

PreS & PreK: 5 Half-day $4,942; PreS & PreK: 5 Full-day $6,827; K-5 th : $8,057

Financial Aid:

Need based only

Curriculum:

The curriculum of a school is the sum total of all decisions made concerning teaching and learning. The goal of all of our decisions is instruction that leads to high student achievement built on our mission statement. Our mission is to guide all children toward their own personal best using a variety of teaching methods, small classes and a challenging course of study. The effectiveness of our curriculum can be determined by our children's scores on the Stanford Standardized Test and how well they perform in all levels of higher education.

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Technology is incorporated into the curriculum with classroom computers and a computer lab. Projects generated in the classroom are enhanced with the aid of the computer. The Internet is used for research and PowerPoint® is taught and utilized in the upper grades. The computer lab is used by Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Computer literacy and keyboarding studies begin in the First Grade.

School Championships:

PSIA Interscholastic Academic Competition

School Clubs:

Extended Day Programs
Rise and Shine Group
7:00 am-8:00 am

Enhanced After-School Program
3:30 pm-6:00 pm
Tae Kwon Do, Art, Drama, Piano, Cooking, Chess Club, Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Tball, Gymnastics, Ballet, Jumpbunch®, Girl Scouts

Every student at AES belongs to a House of Merit. The Houses of Merit are: The House of Loyalty, the House of Honesty and the House of Courage. Good behavior is rewareded by giving a point to their Merit House. The children compete to see who will have the most Merit.

Notes/School Information:

Ascension Episcopal School, a coed parish day school, founded in 1972, serves children ten months through Fifth Grade. Ascension is an excellent educational establishment of over thirty years. We are a Christian community committed to guiding children on their journey toward spiritual, intellectual and physical excellence using their God-given talents. We are accredited by SAES (Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools) and are a current member of SAES, NAES, TAEYC, HAEYC, MAPA, HAIS, and TANS. Our low student/teacher ratio provides a nurturing school environment complete with attention to individualized learning styles.

Conveniently located a few minutes from the intersection of Westheimer and the Sam Houston Tollway in Houston 's Westchase District, Ascension offers a Christian educational program of the highest standards. Our beautiful campus includes four classroom buildings on 9 acres of green space with 3 playgrounds and 2 playing fields and outdoor learning centers. We seek to train and develop each of our students in the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional areas of their personality to an optimum level appropriate for the child's age and abilities.

Our challenging curriculum that promotes enriched learning is designed to give children a strong and solid academic foundation on the first part of their educational journey. Our goal is to create an atmosphere in which understanding, tolerance, self-esteem and confidence are instilled within a loving and caring community. Our curriculum gives children a solid foundation in all disciplines: reading, writing, math, science, social studies, foreign language, computer, art, music, Biblical studies, character education, music, Spanish, physical education and computer technology. We have extensive academic enrichment opportunities, traditions, special events, community outreach, an extended day program, awesome enhanced after-school programs and even summer camp.

The world of the future is becoming increasingly global and children at Ascension Episcopal are able to experience first hand this diversity and its value in a safe, Christian environment. I look forward to working with you and your family. Please call me at 713-783-0260 x206 to schedule a school tour or should you have any questions. Please email me at lbentley@ascensionepiscopalschool.org

 

Kindergarten

The Kindergarten classes at Ascension Episcopal School use a developmentally appropriate curriculum to enable each child to reach his or her highest potential, both academically and spiritually. In addition to the requisite language arts and math classes, our children are involved in a variety of activities throughout the school week. They attend library and computer class once a week, Spanish and Chapel twice a week, music and motor skills three times a week and may participate in such extracurricular activities as soccer, t-ball, Daisies Girl Scouts, Tae Kwon Do, ballet and gymnastics.

The language arts program uses the Lippincott letter books to teach letter sounds. This phonics-based series focuses on each letter of the alphabet, enabling the children to build a basic sight vocabulary and learn to read during the year. In the spring, the children take home readers to improve their fluency and word decoding.

The mathematics curriculum is based on the Addison-Wesley textbook. The students explore the concepts of addition and subtraction, sets, patterns, sequencing, place value and size through the use of manipulatives. Math Their Way activities are designed to lead the children to an understanding of math concepts in everyday life such as money value, calendar concepts, fractions, graphing and time.

The science curriculum studies the senses, seasons, plants, weather and environmental forces using hands-on experiences. History and geography are studied through holidays and historical events. The Kindergarten students of Ascension Episcopal finish the year with a solid, well-rounded foundation which prepares them for the curriculum of the upper grades.

 

First Grade

The First Grade curriculum focuses on the development of a strong reading foundation, which enables students to use reading for both learning and pleasure . Spaulding's Writing Road to Reading is a step-by-step language arts program that combines all of the language strands. The study of the phonograms moves logically and directly from the "known" sounds to the "unknown" symbols which represent them in print. This allows the child to develop strong encoding and decoding skills. The Scott Foresman Reading Series is used to develop fluency, main idea recognition, summarizing, punctuation usage, predicting and comprehension. Journal writing, memorization of poems and songs (presented to audiences), literature study, book reports, Language Arts Reading Kits, SRA enrichment, weekly spelling lists and guided listening skills are part of the balanced language arts program.

The Saxon Math Series , a hands-on, success oriented program, begins in the First Grade. Incorporating real life math skills, introduction of new concepts, fact sheets presenting strategies to help learning, constant review and assessment, Saxon Math gives each child a strong foundation for higher mathematical learning. First Graders are expected to master addition and subtraction facts through 14, tell time to the half hour, understand place value and money. They also learn to recognize mathematical language in written problems, measurement, geometry, graphing and fractions through the use of manipulatives and everyday situations.

Science observations are integrated throughout the First Grade curriculum using hands on experiments in the science lab. Students learn to observe, classify, compare and contrast, while studying sequencing of our senses, livings things and weather.

The social studies units are planned in conjunction with the seasons and holidays. Geography is presented every day using maps and personal stories from the students. The global diversity of our student body allows us to study geography in a personal way as students locate family origins.

To further enrich the First Grader's curriculum, music, Spanish, physical education,

library, character and spiritual education with Bible study are included. Computers are utilized in the computer lab to reinforce the First Grade curriculum. The goal of our First Grade curriculum is to instill a joy of learning in all students and provide them with a solid foundation on which to base their education.

 

Second Grade

The primary goal of the language arts program in Second Grade is to strengthen reading skills, promote an appreciation of literature and instill a love of reading. The importance of creative writing skills and comprehension skills is also stressed. Through the use of

Houghton Mifflin English and the spelling text, Great Source , the children are presented a balanced language arts program. Vocabulary development, the writing process using creative and expository skills, punctuation, listening skills and study habits are emphasized. Outside reading is encouraged through weekly library visits and individual book reports. Cursive writing is introduced in the spring of the Second Grade.

Math fact mastery, building on the foundation laid down in the First Grade, extends to the facts through eighteen. Multiplication and division are introduced in the second half of the year. Activities included are measurement, time, money graphing, fractions, mixed numbers and geometry. Estimation, patterning, counting and place value are also reviewed on a continuous basis. Regrouping in adding and subtracting with four place numbers is introduced.

As part of the social studies curriculum, Second Graders use Harcourt Brace's Meeting Many People to explore how people interact cooperatively within a diverse community to solve problems and meet each other's needs. Communities of today and long ago are contrasted using the text and supplemental programs. Geographical land forms, map orienteering and maps showing Texas resources are included in the map skill study.

The goal of the science curriculum is to experience the "scientific process" through hands-on observation and discovery. Plant growth, using a garden as a laboratory, is an important part of this process. The culminating project for each child is raising a butterfly from the caterpillar stage. Scientific discovery is further enriched by using experiments from AIMS (Activities Integrating Math and Science) . Additional study is supported by Discover the World, published by Scott Foresman , which presents plants and living things,

movement and the study of earth and sky.

The Second Grade curriculum is further complimented by music, theory and performance, Spanish, physical education, integrated computer projects, keyboarding, character

education, Scriptural studies and library skills.

 

Third Grade

The expectation for Third Graders is that reading becomes a way to learn. The use of basal readers and other types of literature is continued to reinforce comprehension, interpretation of figurative language, identification of literary forms and recognition of the development of plot and character. Outside reading is required. Writing, both creative and expository, is taught and students are expected to master the mechanics of composition.

With reading skills in place, mathematical terminology plays a greater part in problem solving. The multiplication tables through 12 are studied. Using the English and Metric measurements in hands-on activities helps students apply math in real life situations. The integration of math across the curriculum incorporates both concrete and abstract concepts.

From the understanding of the abstract, the students are able to think, analyze, formulate, generalize, hypothesize and apply the concepts learned up to this point in a meaningful way.

In science, using a variety of hands-on experiments, the students study habitats, gardening, shelters, simple machines, movement, environmental awareness and sound.

In the spring, Third Graders participate in the Science Fair by creating a project using the scientific method. Within the framework of this study, Third Graders learn how to classify information, identify cause and effect relationships, predict future outcomes, recall facts and details to support ideas and read literature and the textbook effectively for information. The social studies curriculum in conjunction with the study of our national holidays, allows Third Graders to learn about global communities. The practice of organizational and study skills is emphasized to prepare students for Fourth Grade.

The Third Grade curriculum is enriched through the study of Spanish, music, physical education, library and computer keyboarding. Computer technology is incorporated in appropriate areas of the curriculum.

 

Fourth Grade

Language arts in the Fourth Grade is studied through the use of the Scott Foresman's Series and classic and award-winning novels. The use of a basal reader helps in the recognition of the main idea, supporting data, detail and new vocabulary. Comprehension and the writing process are studied as the class reads a designated novel. Paragraph development, grammar, spelling and vocabulary are stressed through essays, book reports and creative writing. Research

papers using outlines and note taking to complete a two to three page report integrate English, social studies and library skills. The individual voice and writing style of each student begins to emerge through daily journal entries. The writing process is incorporated in math, social studies and science classes as a means to integrate writing across the curriculum.

Math skills continue to be mastered in Fourth Grade. Appropriate math language, cognitive thinking and mental computation skills are used to build upon prior learning. Emphasis is placed on sequence of learning, problem content, guided and independent practice, correction of errors and multiplication facts. This approach has proven to be effective in the application of higher math skills necessary to succeed in future mathematical courses.

The Fourth Grade science curriculum continues to build upon the hands-on experimental method of scientific inquiry. Fourth Grade have the opportunity to study a variety of life science subjects including water cycles and erosion, changes in the earth crust, weather and the rainforests. These subjects are further studied through field trips to the Museum of Natural Science , where the dissection process is also studied. Using the skills involved in this process, students then have the opportunity to actually dissect a fetal pig. In the spring, the students embark on a long-term project using the scientific method to create their entry for the Science Fair.

The social studies curriculum introduces the role of early Texas and its place in the history of the United States . A major field trip for the Fourth Graders is participation in a three-day stay at Camp Allen 's discovery program, experiencing Living Texas History. In addition, Fourth Grade students use map skills, current events, charts and graphs to study world geography. The writing of a research paper integrates English and social studies using the Internet and computer and library skills.

The social studies curriculum introduces the role of early Texas and its place in the history of the United States . A major field trip for the Fourth Graders is participation in a three-day stay at Camp Allen 's discovery program, experiencing Living Texas History. In addition, Fourth Grade students use map skills, current events, charts and graphs to study world geography. The writing of a research paper integrates English and social studies using the Internet and computer and library skills.

The enrichment classes of Spanish, music, physical education and computer lab are included in the curriculum.

Fourth Graders are expected to enter Fifth Grade with the necessary study skills to be more independent learners and thinkers.

 

Fifth Grade

Fifth Graders at Ascension Episcopal School have the opportunity to develop their leadership qualities and to strengthen their ability to be independent thinkers. An attitude about school and life in general is often formulated at this stage of development. With leadership roles in Chapel, Student Council and daily student life and the training at Mo Ranch Leadership Camp, our students are able to develop and polish these qualities.

Language arts includes literature and the writing process. Through the use of essays, journals, research papers and creative compositions, the writing process, including brain storming, drafting, revisions, proof reading and publishing, is studied. Critical thinking skills such as extrapolating the main idea from defined data, identifying bias and propaganda, inferring meaning and interpreting are combined across the curriculum in Fifth Grade. Research using the library and the Internet is also part of the language arts curriculum. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary development continue to be reviewed. Trade books and literature are the main source of reading. Students are expected to read independently six additional books of their choice each grading period. A summer reading list is assigned between Fourth and Fifth Grade.

Computations in higher math are expected in Fifth Grade Pre-algebra. Calculator skills, geometry, graphs, mental math, statistics and probability are introduced. Mathematics is implemented across the curriculum in real life situations using consumer math, data collection and analysis, estimation, time and money problems. Using situations that involve ratio, proportion and percentage computations, math becomes one of the components to the solution of real life problems.

Science, using the Scott Foresman text, Discover the Wonder , teaches the concepts of matter construction, energy both physical and solar, electricity and plant growth. With the use of the Outdoor Learning Center and the science lab, our students are able to use hands-on experiments to discover the how and why of life around them. Garden projects are often taken from the initial planting through to a usable product. In all projects the scientific methods are used to help students organize their data. The students prepare a Science Fair project in the spring.

The study of America is the main topic for Fifth Graders in social studies. Through the use of stories, Harcourt Brace's America's Story , dramas, presentations and field trips, the students follow the history of America from the ancient Americans to Americans today. Geography skills, comprehension, chart and graphing skills and cause and effect are studied at each historical point in the time line presented . Tolerance for those different from us and an appreciation of the contributions to America from the builders of our country are important concepts our Fifth Graders learn.

  Learning how to apply Christian virtues to everyday life is the goal for the lessons in character education. Striving to make the virtues taught a part of everyday life, we stress the importance of our Fifth Graders modeling good character. The Fifth Grade curriculum is further enriched with music (both theory and performance), Spanish, physical education, integrated computer projects and art theory.

Fifth Grade is a pivotal point in the life of a child. We believe it is important to allow our students the opportunity to make decisions, take responsibility for them and make changes if necessary. Being the oldest students on campus gives each child the opportunity to develop a strong set of values and a positive attitude with which to conduct the rest of his or her life.ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

 

Chapel

The spiritual development of each child is encouraged through Chapel twice weekly and the study of scriptures and character- virtue traits throughout the week. A different character-virtue trait is highlighted each month, using stories and situations to enable children to make daily decisions based on Christian values. Our teachers afford children the respect of holding them accountable for real responsibilities and making wise decisions. The major Christian Holy Days are celebrated with stories, plays and songs. The students learn many songs to sing in the classroom and in the weekly chapel services. Participation of Fourth and Fifth Grade students in weekly chapel services encourages their speaking skills and leadership abilities.

 

Character/Spiritual Development

Character and spiritual education is an integral part of the Ascension Episcopal School curriculum at all age levels. It is taught through a focus on character traits. Each month a different virtue is studied. Scripture, stories, dramatic play and daily interactions are all used to reinforce such virtues.

All students and faculty participate twice weekly in Chapel. Parents, grandparents and friends are always welcome, especially during holiday celebrations and at the time of the child's birthday. Special Chapels are held for All Saints' Day, St. Nicholas Day, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Palm Sunday and Ascension Day.

Discipline is taught through instruction and decision-making rather than punishment. The staff nurtures each student with loving firmness, respect and fairness. We want our students' interactions to be governed by a respect for others rather than fear of punishment.

The Anglican Church has had a long tradition of inclusiveness with respect to other religions and cultures. Ascension Episcopal School strives to continue that tradition, as the world we live in becomes more global.

 

Library

The mission of the Ascension Episcopal Library is to foster a community of enthusiastic, lifelong learners and readers. The library is open to faculty, students, staff and parents for research, reference, leisure reading, curriculum enrichment, professional growth and individual interests.

The Ascension Episcopal School library includes a well-balanced collection of books, magazines and professional journals, as well as a computerized library database and Internet access. The library is open 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

The librarian encourages students to read a wide range of books and promotes the habit of reading for recreation and research. Assistance is provided for individual requests and for research projects using both print and non-print resources. Children in the Early Childhood Program and PreKindergarten classes are taken to the library once a week to have books read to them and to become familiar with the facility. Students may check out books during their weekly library classes and parents are encouraged to check out additional books for their children at any time.

 

Music

Music study and appreciation begin in our Early Childhood Program and continue through Fifth Grade. Students are able to enrich their understanding of music by participation in singing and learning to play various instruments. Music appreciation is also part of the curriculum. Our choir, which is open to students in Third through Fifth Grades, sings for special chapel services, off campus for other occasions and for our Christmas Pageant and Spring Program. Second and Third Graders are introduced to pre-band instruments (prerecorders) while Fourth and Fifth Grade students play soprano recorders.

 

Physical Education/Nutrition

The physical development of our students is an important part of achieving our mission. All children participate in movement and coordination skill building in motor skills and physical education classes, stressing the importance of individual movement. There is also a focus on nutrition to encourage healthy habits at an early age. Recess, offering free play, is also part of our school curriculum.

 

Science

In addition to the traditional science curriculum taught in the classroom, Ascension Episcopal School believes that students need to be involved in experiencing science through hands-on inquiry, not just covering the material in the textbook. Each class is involved in a weekly science exploration lab called Science Exploration in which students use the scientific method to carry out experiments. First and Second Grades attend a weekly lab for 45 minutes and Third through Fifth Grade students participate in a 1½ hour lab. Because the students are actively involved in the experimentation, they leave the lab with a real understanding of the procedure and their results.

Exploration, observation and the organization of data enable our students to think in a logical manner and improve their problem solving and investigative skills in all areas of life.

 

Spanish

Spanish begins in our Preschool with a twenty (20) minute session once a week increasing to thirty minutes two (2) times a week in Kindergarten and First Grade. Second through Fifth Grades have Spanish three (3) times a week. Over the course of instruction, the students develop an appreciation of the culture and a fluency in the language of our nearest neighbors, Mexico and countries of South America.

 

Community Outreach

WHAM - West Houston Assistance Ministries
Toy & Food Drive
Hunger HeroesT

Mission Statement 

Ascension Episcopal School is a Christian community committed to guiding children on their journey toward spiritual, intellectual and physical excellence using their God given talents.

Motto: "Where Eagles Learn to Fly" 

Traditions
All Saint's Chapel
Saint Nicholas Day
Christmas Pageant
Epiphany Chapel
Ash Wednesday
Palm Chapel
Maundy Thursday
Ascension Day
Eagle's Day
Spring Music Programs

Academic Enrichment
Opportunities
Mo Ranch (5th Grade)
Camp Allen (3rd & 4th Grades)
Science Fair
Spelling Bee
Outdoor Learning Center
Choir (3rd, 4th & 5th Grades)
Student Council
Interscholastic Academic Competition
Advanced Science Exploration
Spanish Curriculum

Special Events
Grandparent's Day
Book Fair
Winter Carnival
Rodeo Day
Field Day
Easter Parade

Fundraising
Genevieve Gifts
Paper Recycling
Poinsettia Sale
Randall's Share Card
Kroger Share Card
Target
Box Tops
Campbell 's Soup Labels
Spirit Pizza Day
Used Uniform Sale
Ink Cartridges / Cell Phones
British Tea

 

Our child development philosophy is base on the following assumptions:

Children are important people who deserve to be cared for by people who respect, trust and accept them for who they are.

Children are competent, active learners.

Play is an essential ingredient in an environment that nutures the whole child.

Children do the best they can with the skills that they have.

Children must be able to trust adults.

Behavior must be understood and not labeled.

Children learn to cope with their feelings by being allowed to experience the full range of their emotions.

Believing in oneself is the basis of all growth.

Solving problems gives children a sense of competence and self-worth.