All students at Ascension Catholic School are enrolled in religion classes which meet every school day. Once a week, students attend Mass with their homeroom or with their school families. Our parish priests, Msgr. Thomas Tank and Fr. Nathan Haverland, meet with students on a regular basis. Sacramental preparation is central to the studies in second grade (First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion) and in eighth grade (Confirmation). Evening sessions for parents and/or sponsors are also held to support and reinforce children’s spiritual development at home.
Each class has service projects, from visiting the elderly residents at Rose Estates to preparing meals at food kitchens.
Kindergartners through second graders learn about God’s love and the Eucharist through hands-on experiences in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This Montessori-based program is led by trained parent volunteers.
Throughout the day, our efforts are focused on becoming disciples of Jesus; this affects our classwork, relationships with others, and service projects on each grade level.
Every new family is matched with a veteran ACS family. It is very convenient to check with those “buddies” regarding any questions throughout the year.
In an effort to help students grow in responsibility to others and develop a strong sense of community, we have formed school families, whose members span the grades and remain together during their years at ACS. A seventh or eighth grader guides activities for the entire group. Every teacher is in charge of two school families. That teacher serves as the mentor to the students from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Ascension Catholic School is accredited by the State of Kansas and AdvancEd (North Central Association). Our program of studies includes religion, reading and language arts, spelling/vocabulary, mathematics, science, social studies, music, art, physical education, computer, and Spanish. Our curriculum goals and outcomes are designed by the subject area committees of the Archdiocesan Curriculum Team and also meet Kansas state guidelines. Click here for information on the current Archdiocesan Standards or the Kansas State Department of Education Standards.
It is our goal to teach children at their instructional levels and to help them reach their full potential. During a specified time for each grade level, students are provided remediation or enrichment in reading/English and mathematics. All teachers, included those with specials classes, and all paraprofessionals work with the students in small groups.