Academics
Upper School

Special Programs

Upper School Special Programs

In our upper school division, our students thrive in an environment that promotes authentic learning, along with technology that supports classroom instruction, while extending student learning through meaningful projects. We offer many special programs that help support and extend learning beyond the classroom setting.

List of 10 items.

  • 1:1 Mac Laptop Program

    Beginning in 8th grade, students can either bring their own Mac laptop or lease a laptop from the school as well as have the ability to check out iPads to use in the classroom. Students are taught to collaborate seamlessly using web-based tools, think critically to solve real-world problems, and communicate with peers, parents, and the community via student newscasts, live streams, and digital portfolios. Students are taught and given opportunities to be good digital citizens and safe, responsible users of technology in our school community and globally.
  • Academic Resource Center

    Our Academic Research Center, located on the Sugar Mill Pond Campus, is an integral part of the school’s academic and intellectual environment. Teachers, librarians, and educational technologists work as a team to ensure students learn the skill of information retrieval. The center also stands as a place for independent study, research, small group meetings, and personal growth.
  • Capstone Projects

    The Independent Study Capstone Project is an elective option for juniors and seniors who wish to pursue research and development in an approved area of inquiry. Students can elect to spend one or two semesters in their chosen field. Using various resources such as reading material, free online courses, internships, and more, students learn about their chosen topic and design an original product related to it. Along with weekly writing assignments, students share their findings and original product in a culminating thesis and a formal presentation at the end of the term.  Past projects have focused on business, entrepreneurship, nutrition, art, filmmaking, medical research, physics, computer science, genetic testing, and more.
  • Clubs

    In the upper school, students form clubs based on their current interests and time commitments each year. Clubs meet each week at a designated time during the school day and each has a faculty sponsor. 

    Examples of previous clubs include:
    4-H, Acts of Random Kindness (ARK), Chess Club, Ascension Press Club, Bass Fishing Team, Beta Club, Blue Gator Crochet Club, Cajun Prairie Restoration Club, Culinary Club, Cupcake Club, Debate Club, Drama / Improv Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Film Club, Go Green, International Club, Meditation Club, Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, National Honor Society, Outdoor Experience Club, Pep Band, Pro-Life Club, Quiz Bowl, SADD, SAGE/ Students Advocating for Gender Equality, Science Olympiad, Social Gaming Club, Spanish Club, Wyldlife/Young Life, and Young America. 
  • Musical Productions

    All upper school students have the option to perform in the fall and spring upper school productions, whether it be a drama or a musical production.  Many of our upper school students also take part in local community theater productions.
  • Prefect System & Class Leaders

    Prefects
    Prefects are junior and senior leaders who possess a high degree of commitment to the school's values and ideals.  They are capable of overseeing the work in their particular area and managing the underclassmen involved therein.  The emphasis of their job is servant leadership and the overall enhancement of Ascension's mission statement.  Peers and faculty members elect Prefects.

    The Prefect Positions include Lead Prefect, Spiritual Life Prefect, Publicity Prefect, Academic Prefect, Community Service Prefect, Student Life Prefect, Arts Appreciation Prefect, Athletic Support Prefect.

    Class Leaders
    Each year there are eight class leaders per grade level. Class leaders collaborate on assigned student activities and serve on committees with corresponding Prefects. Peers and faculty members elect class leaders.
  • Service Projects

    Opportunities for service exist through classroom programs, grade level projects, campus-wide service days, and the community service leadership positions including the Community Service Prefect and Community Service Class Leaders. Students also initiate individual projects in response to specific community needs. 

    To fulfill the school’s graduation requirements, beginning in 9th grade, students must complete 60 hours of community service with at least 30 hours for community endeavors not affiliated with Ascension. A minimum of 15 hours per year is required on the Sugar Mill Pond Campus.

    Each grade level, 9-12, is assigned a non-profit organization in the community that they will serve in a small group with their classmates during the school day once per quarter. The purpose of this is to build meaningful, impacting relationships between our students and local service organizations within our community. 
    Each class is assigned the following organizations:
    • Freshmen - St. Joseph’s Diner
    • Sophomores - Camelot of Broussard
    • Juniors - Project Front Yard
    • Seniors - Habitat for Humanity

    8th-grade students will participate in a service preview day during their Spring semester in which they will get a chance to learn about each one of these organizations and begin to build enthusiasm for serving with them.
  • Spiritual Life

    The Christian Education curriculum is augmented through our campus’s Chapel program. With our services following The Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer, chapel services occur three times per week, and celebrations of the Holy Eucharist occur every other week. Chapel is the school’s community time to gather together to hear and meditate on Holy Scripture and offer prayers and praise to God as people of faith.  Regardless of their faith traditions, students are encouraged to participate in prayer and song.   All students are encouraged to participate in student-led service projects and our traditional lenten mission projects each year.
  • Sports

    All upper school students have the ability to participate in the following athletic programs: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance Team, Football, Golf, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, and Volleyball. All students are encouraged to participate in multiple sports throughout the year and coaches work with each student in order to make practice schedules work around each other if any overlap occurs.
  • Study Tours

    Study tours are a distinctive feature of an Ascension education and another way students actively engage with the curriculum, build community, and develop life skills.  Trips are optional, and the cost varies based on the destination and length of the trip. These age-appropriate trips provide opportunities for students to practice personal responsibility and good behavior accompanied by their teachers. 

    Examples of previous upper school study tours:
    • 8th grade: Five-day American History study tour of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts 
    • 9th grade: Two-day canoe trip to Okatoma, Mississippi 
    • 10th grade: Three-day outdoor adventure trip near Fort Payne, Alabama  
    • 11th grade: Four-day college tour to visit eight colleges and universities across the South. These trips happen in the fall and spring semesters.
    • 12th Grade: Service trips

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