Ascend Academy

  • The Ascend Academy at Poinciana

    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 2019 ASCEND field trip to the University of Florida!

    2019 Ascend Field Trip Participants Group at 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 participant University Logos

    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.

    Application Criteria

    Poinciana High School will only admit 25 students per cohort year into the Ascend Academy. Therefore, the application process is very competitive. 

    Ascend 2020-2021 Application

    Please use the Ascend Academy Aplication (AP Capstone Diploma Program) to apply.

    If you have questions, please contact Erica Walters:
    Erica.Walters@osceolaschools.net

    Ascend Program Of Study

    The Ascend course sequencing is what sets our students apart from other high school graduates.

    Freshmen Year

    • AP Biology or Biology Honors
    • ELA 1 Honors
    • AP Human Geography
    • Ascend Elective (Leadership Skills Development)

    Sophomore Year

    • ELA 2 Honors
    • AP Biology/Chemistry Honors
    • AP World History

    Junior Year

    • AP US History
    • AP English Language
    • AP Science Course
    • AP Seminar

    Senior Year

    • AP English Literature

    Additional Courses

    • 1 Additional AP Elective
    • 1 AP Mathematics Offering
    • Junior/Senior Leadership Strategies elective

    AP Capstone Diploma

    Infographi of AP Seminar and Research Certificate

    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.