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Latter-day Saint Education at Ascent has a Distinct Flavor. We think you’ll like it. It’s Individualized – Serious & Fun.

Our Mission…

Is to make a positive difference in the lives of our students by:
• Offering them a distinctive & excellent Latter-day Saint based education.
• Assisting them in developing a deep and abiding testimony of Jesus Christ.
• Helping them discover their talents and missions.

The Online School Membership

3 Levels of Participation

Online School Enrollment : Monthly Subscription

Online School Enrollment per student:   $150.00/ month for 12 months (expires after 12 months)

Includes:  Testing to determine level.  Counseling to determine courses. Access to the videos. Access to online classes, assemblies, etc.

Course materials:  Books, etc. See Curriculum Store.

SIGN UP FOR ONLINE SCHOOL : MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION

Online School Enrollment : Annual Subscription
Online School Enrollment per student:   $1250.00 for the full year (expires after 12 months).

Includes:  Testing to determine level.  Counseling to determine courses. Access to the videos. Access to online classes, assemblies, etc.

Course materials:  Books, etc. See Curriculum Store.

SIGN UP FOR ONLINE SCHOOL : ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

HOW THE ONLINE SCHOOL WORKS

Ascent Advantage Academy will, in consideration of my payment of the tuition and purchasing of the necessary syllabii, books and other needed supplies:

  1. – Contact me to learn a bit about my student and set-up a Testing appointment.
  2. – Test my student as to his knowledge and skill in English and mathematics,
  3. – Analyze the results of the testing,
  4. – Conference with my student and me to discuss the testing results, to determine the needs and interests of my student, and my wishes for his/her program. Together, with my student and me, develop an education program individualized for my student.
  5. – Finalize the program and report back to me what courses, syllabi, books and other materials my student will need.
  6. – If this is my student’s his first enrollment, send him the following 3 PDF Courses: Healthy Foundations, Study Helps, and Opening Exercises.
  7. – If applicable, send my student’s curriculum materials via email and/or USPS media mail,
  8. – Upon learning from me that my student’s course materials have arrived, my student’s instructors will make appointments with me and/or my student, to introduce themselves, the courses they are teaching, and what they expect of my student. They will also ask what my student wants out of their courses.

In addition:

  1. – My student’s instructors will hold set ‘office hours’ when my student may contact them for help and will assign, correct, give commentary and helpful suggestions on his/her work.
  2. – My student’s instructors, at appropriate times in each course, will reward Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Completion to my student.
  3. – The Academy will enroll my student in the John A. Widstoe Reading Club which requires the student to at first be read to and then to read 30 minutes a day and includes a weekly online meeting with other students and instructors to discuss books read.
  4. – The Academy Administration will endeavor to conduct a Monthly Parent-Staff Check-in with me to determine how things are going, what’s working, what isn’t, and make any necessary adjustments to my student’s program.

As a student of Ascent Advantage Academy’s Online School. I agree to:

  1. – Follow the weekly plan of study set for me by my instructors,
  2. – Conference weekly with one or more of my instructors,
  3. – Be diligent in completing my studies,
  4. – To complete my assignments to the best of my ability, and on time,
  5. – Treat my instructors with respect and courtesy,
  6. – To follow the Code of Conduct as outlined in the pamphlet
    For the Strength of Youth, published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I understand a PDF copy of this pamphlet may be obtained at
    churchofjesuschrist.org

Why Ascent Advantage Academy? Why Now?

Need motivation? A bit of history…

Your Child's Education: Secular or Godly?

What’s the diff? Schooling is doing what you would do in a school. Education is being able to pursue subjects on your time table and at the depth you wish to pursue them. Schooling is unnatural and mostly a waste. Education is natural and an investment.

At Ascent, we prefer education, education customized to the needs and interests of the student.

That is why you can take just one or two courses at a time and really dig-in. Or, you can try the whole smorgasbord. That is why we Level our courses, not by age or grade, but by ability and age range. Anything else IS unnatural.

Your Child’s Education: Secular…or…Godly?

In the beginning, when the Pilgrims first landed, when the Founding Fathers birthed our nation, we were a Bible-reading, Bible-believing people. For three, and well into the fourth century, the Bible was the main educational text. Thomas Jefferson, when President, was asked to be President of the Washington, D.C. school board. Being President of the country, he declined, but he did serve on the board as a regent and did outline the educational plan for the district. He chose two texts: the Bible and Watts Hymnal. The first federal education law passed by Congress, 1787, was the Northwest Ordinance. It called for public education that taught ‘religion, morality, and knowledge’. Those who came to our shores to learn the reason for our success as a nation, pointed to our faith-based education.

In Joseph Smith’s time the education system had deteriorated a bit. In his inaugural address as Mayor of Nauvoo, Joseph decried what he observed as the state of education and quoted Alexander’s Messenger with which views he agreed.

“Children are so instructed as to acquire a smattering of everything, and as a matter of consequence, they
know nothing properly. ….the mind of the pupil becomes a chaos; …and like the stomach when it it over-
loaded with a variety of food, it digests nothing, but converts the superabundant nutriment to poison…
Young people are taught… to repeat lessons which they are unable to apply;… but their mental energies
are clogged and torpified…, most of which is discarded from the brain long before the possessor knows how
to use it. This is the quackery of education.’” 1


In another fifty years, the First Presidency, President Taylor, and Counselors George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, delivered the following epistle at October, 1886, General Conference.


“It is pleasing to know the increased feeling on the part of the Saints to have their children educated in
schools where the doctrines of the Gospel and the precious records which God has given us can be taught
and read. Our children should be indoctrinated with the principles of the Gospel from their earliest childhood. They should be made familiar with the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. These
should be their chief text books, and everything should be done to establish in their hearts genuine faith in God,
in His Gospel and its ordinances, and in His works. But under our common school system this is impossible….
In no direction can we invest the means God has given us to better advantage than in the training of our youth
in principles of righteousness and in laying the foundation in their hearts of that pure faith which is restored to
the earth. We would like to see schools of this character, independent of the District School system, started in
all places where it is possible.” 2
1 – Revealed Educational Principles and the Public Schools, Jack Monnett, Appendix C, p. 249
2 – Ibid. p. 247


Twenty-three years ago, Apostle Boyd. K. Packer spoke of our modern education system:


“In many places it is literally not safe physically for youngsters to go to school. And in many schools and its becoming almost generally true it is spiritually unsafe to attend public schools. Look back over the history of education to the turn of the century and the beginning of the educational philosophies pragmatism and humanism were the early ones, and they branched out into a number of other philosophies which have led us now into a circumstance where our schools are producing the problems that we face.”
(Boyd K. Packer, Charge to the David O. McKay School of Education, December 1996.)

You now have the opportunity to avoid the downhill trend.

With Ascent Advantage Academy curriculum, and help from the Academy staff, you can establish Latter-day Saint education in your home. The scriptures will be taught. True principles in History, Science and other subjects will be taught. Your child will have the opportunity to apply what he is learning to his life and present circumstances. It is now your opportunity to invest in your children’s future, and nourish them in the good word of the Restored Gospel and Restored American Faith-Based Education.

A Friendly Caution about Online Learning

We are ‘Online’, yes, but … only our 5 to 8 minute instructional videos, our online math classes, and our weekly conferencing with students. Other wise, students learn through the course syllabi, and materials such as books, DVDs.

Why do we not have our students glued to the computer for 3+ hours a day? It’s NOT healthy. Reading online can hurt their eyes and diminish their eyesight. Also, electronics of any type is damaging to the workings of their brains. If you have ever seen pictures of kids’ brain waves before and after cell phone use, you understand. Some are more sensitive than others, but everyone is affected to some degree.

A Couple of Stories:

The Brothers’ Christmas

Several years ago, a pair of brothers came to the school and did very well, A’s and B’s all the time. But, after Christmas their grades deteriorated to C’s and D’s and even F’s. What was happening? Upon investigation we found that they had received an X-Box for Christmas and were playing the game every free moment. We asked the parents to conduct an experiment: Take the X-Box away from Saturday night through Friday, after School. It didn’t take long for the grades to rebound because the boys’ brains were no longer continually bombarded by EMF’s, electromagnetic frequencies. We later experienced much the same result with a young man who spent his life on his computer. When he spent only two hours a day, his complexion changed from pale to rosy and his brain from mush back to the genius he was!

Mrs. K’s Double Encounter with EMFs

Back in 2007, Mrs. K, our Director, had a bad bout with EMFs. Feeling completely worn-out and dragging she visited her doctor. He tested and told her that she had the least amount of energy of anyone he’d seen who was still walking around! Further testing showed an EMF allergy.

 

“Do you live by a Power Station?” He asked.

 

“No,” she said. Then, puzzled, she added, “Does having wires across the front of our property, down both sides, across the back and diagonally across the backyard count?”

 

The doctor told her she either had to move or purchase an expensive little gadget that would disrupt the EMFs and allow her to continue living in her home. She purchased the gadget and within days felt like her old self again.

 

Fast forward a couple of years. The house was being rearranged. Mrs. K. began feeling poorly. She asked her husband if the ‘gizmo’ had been plugged back in when it was moved. No, it hadn’t been. He thought it really didn’t have an effect, but it did.

 

Fast forward to October, 2018. Mrs. K. was feeling bad again. She researched the gizmo and found that in the 11 years since she first purchased her EMF disrupter much had changed. The vast increase in cell towers and the massive increase in the use of computers and other electronic devices had required the company to make more powerful models. At this point, she had four computers in her home, Wi-Fi, and was living in a sea of student apartments, each with Wi-Fi and at least four cell phones and four computers. She ordered the newer, stronger model. Shortly after plugging it in, she was again OK.

 

As a result of her own and her students’ experiences, Mrs. K. is very adamant about not having our students work online any longer than absolutely necessary.

Ascent Advantage Academy Course Catalog

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History

Math
Sciences
Family Life & History
Language Arts

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