Brooklyn Ascend Charter High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Supportive approach to discipline

The Downside

Few seats available

Brooklyn Ascend Charter High School provides a strong college focus to students, but the number of applicants for each seat makes gaining admission a challenge.

The Ascend charter school network recently broke with the “no excuses” discipline model, which is popular in many charter schools, and now uses restorative justice. Students are taught to resolve conflicts on their own and are given the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Ascend believes in the importance of fostering a supportive environment so students can learn to be critical thinkers. As a result of these restorative practices, Brooklyn Ascend has a lower suspension rate than most New York City high schools, though the percentage of students saying that bullying occurs a lot at the school exceeds the citywide average, based on responses to the NYC School Survey.

Sports teams include volleyball, basketball and softball for girls, and flag football, basketball and track for boys. Other extracurricular activities offered include yoga, introduction to web development, and dance.

Students take classes such as Making and Hacking Music, where they make their own musical instruments and learn about the technology behind digital sound systems.

The typical school day is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This longer day can be beneficial for working parents and students who could use the extra time in class.

Throughout high school, students take college seminars and workshops that cover topics such as financial aid, scholarships and the application process.

ADMISSIONS: By lottery. Ascend elementary school students are guaranteed a place at Ascend schools through high school. This means there are limited seats for students applying to Ascend schools for the first time in 9th grade. Priority also goes to students in District 18, students who have a sibling attending an Ascend school, and students whose parents work at an Ascend school. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, July 2018)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Faculty & Staff

Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


1501 Pitkin Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11212

Trains: 3 Line to Sutter Ave-Rutland Rd; 4 Line to Crown Heights-Utica Ave

Buses: B7, B12, B14


Principal: Livia Angiolillo


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Brownsville Ascend Charter School.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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