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!


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.


If you are interested in applying to the Ascend Academy (AP Capstone Diploma Program) please use the following link to apply. 

If you have questions, please contact Erica Walters:

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

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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