The Ascend Academy at Poinciana
Here is the data for our 1st graduating class from the Ascend Academy!
Completed AP Courses
Passed AP Exams
Earned DE Credits
Estimated Earned College Credit (AP&DE)
Average Weighted GPA
AP Capstone Diploma Candidates
AP Capstone Certificate Candidates
Bright Futures Recipients
Top 100 College/University Acceptances
Completed Community Service Hours
Recipient of the Seal of Biliteracy
Recipient of Scholar and/or Merit Diploma
The Ascend Academy at Poinciana High School has one goal for its students: 100% acceptance into one or more of the top 20 colleges or universities in the United States.
Speaking of top colleges, here is a pic from our ASCEND field trip to the University of Florida!
The Ascend Program at Poinciana High School is for students who are focused on ascending to new heights in their high school education.
Ascend students will take the most rigorous coursework one can engage in during the high school years. With a major focus on Advanced Placement courses and the AP Capstone Diploma, students in the Ascend Academy will be some of the most academically competitive students applying to colleges and universities nationwide.
Poinciana High School will only admit 25 students per cohort year into the Ascend Academy. Therefore, the application process is very competitive.
Please use the Ascend Academy Application (AP Capstone) to apply.
If you have questions, please contact Ascend Coordinator, Danielle Malfara Email
Ascend Program Of Study
The Ascend course sequencing is what sets our students apart from other high school graduates.
- AP Biology or Biology Honors
- ELA 1 Honors
- AP Human Geography
- Ascend Elective (Leadership Skills Development)
- ELA 2 Honors
- AP Biology/Chemistry Honors
- AP World History
- AP US History
- AP English Language
- AP Science Course
- AP Seminar
- AP English Literature
- 1 Additional AP Elective
- 1 AP Mathematics Offering
- Junior/Senior Leadership Strategies elective
AP Capstone Diploma
The Ascend Academy will offer students the opportunity to ear the AP Capstone Diploma. The AP Capstone is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.
AP Capstone is comprised of two courses – AP Seminar and AP Research – and is designed to complement and enhance discipline specific study in other AP courses. It allows students to engage in unique research opportunities, or to master argument-based writing skills that the AP Capstone program develops.