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.

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.

Application Criteria

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

Apply Online Here  (NOTE: You must use your students, Office 365 credentials, to access the online Ascend application)

Ascend Program of Study

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

Freshmen Year

Pre-AP Biology
Pre-AP English 1
AP Human Geography

Sophomore Year

Pre-AP English 2
AP Biology
AP World History
AP Seminar

Junior Year

AP US History
AP English Language
AP Chemistry or AP Environmental Science
AP Research

Senior Year

AP English Literature

Additional Courses

1 Additional AP Elective
1 AP Mathematics Offering

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.

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