Brooklyn Ascend Charter High School

Grades: 9-12
1501 Pitkin Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 347-750-1200

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)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

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Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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Contact & Location


Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: 3 Line to Sutter Ave-Rutland Rd; 4 Line to Crown Heights-Utica Ave
Buses: B7, B12, B14


Livia Angiolillo

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with Brownsville Ascend Charter School.
Metal detectors?

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