Ascent Classical Academy considers it our special mission to develop the mind and spirit of our students, and take great ownership in our school traditions. Over the years we have taken many ideas from our sister schools and built them into the fabric of each school year. School-wide participation in our traditions helps every student to find his or her place in our community. Below are some of our favorite traditions:
Students of all grades gather daily to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and school pledge together. Students will also receive encouraging words from our headmaster and assistant headmasters and awards will be awarded.
This is our parent orientation and open house before the start of school. Students, new and returning, are encouraged to join us for an evening spent meeting their teachers, touring the school, seeing their classroom, collecting their school supplies and curriculum, taking first-day-of-school photos, and attending an orientation. Each year we end Archer Days with a school picnic and dessert share!
Every September 17th, we celebrate Constitution day. The students are encouraged to memorize the constitution in exchange for a hot dog at lunch grilled by our Headmaster and Assistant Headmasters. In all history classes, special attention is given to the study of the constitution on this day.
We christened these days “Wonder Days” as they focus on our core virtue of wonder. The last day of October is Ancient Wonder Day, focusing on the study of the ancient world and correlating it with the student’s studies at that time. Students are encouraged to come to school dressed in costume inspired by their grade level’s history/literature lessons during the first semester. The last day of April is American Wonder Day, focusing on the study of American history and correlating it with the student’s studies at that time. This day is packed with activities and lessons circulating our nation and its history.
During the last week of school, students compete in mental and physical competitions between classes on the same grade level for the grammar school and between houses for the upper school.
This scholarship competition is done between several schools in BSCI to encourage camaraderie. Students will participate in grade-level projects, the best projects will be collected and sent as Ascent Noco submissions for the Cantharus Optimus competition.