Ascension Catholic School (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Name:Kathleen Buczko

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Ascension Catholic School
  • Address:500 West 111th Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90044
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:3237564064

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User Address

  • Address:500 W. 111th Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90044
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:323-786-3078
  • Home phone:323756-4064

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  • Mission:
  • Ascension School has been educating children since 1938. Our mission is to enable our Pre-K and K-8 students to realize their spiritual, intellectual and social potential. We teach our students to appreciate the importance of faith, the value of education and prepare them for a successful future.

  • Overview:
  • Over the last 30 years, the United States has doubled per-student educational spending with stagnant performance to show for it. With only a 40% graduation rate at some of the neighboring Los Angeles schools, public education is in a state of crisis.

    Perhaps they could learn from the playbook of a South Central Los Angeles school that has been getting it right for over 70 years. Despite being in a low income area where a majority of the student body is on some level of scholarship assistance, this “little school that could” is proud to have a 100% graduation rate with 98% of their students college bound. Ascension School is a multi-denominational oasis whose alumni are the cream of the crop: doctor, teacher, police officer, business owner, superior court judge, former major league baseball player and motion picture script writer – to mention a few.

    Ascension emphasizes a challenging core curriculum that stimulates children to think, question, evaluate, discover and create. Students receive instruction at each grade level that meets or exceeds state guidelines, along with religious instruction, technology lessons and physical education. The core curriculum includes math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, social studies, history, science and religion. Grades K-3 attend a computer literacy lab, grades 4-8 receive additional instruction in computer science.

    After school enrichment programs include choir, chess club, and tech team. This year Ascension recruited a part-time volunteer librarian and enlisted the help from a faculty member who implemented a full Athletic Department coaching the boys & girls sports programs.

    In challenging times where does the inspiration and motivation come from to move forward when apathy lurks in the shadows? It’s captured in a tapestry of “moments” and from the unsung heroes that surround us every day.

    …you find it in students who have mastered the use of the computer and enthusiastically write reports and build movies – children who could not read or write 5 years ago.

    …you find it in Ascension graduates who return to provide service hours – those who were once considered “at risk”.

    …you find it in engaged parents who contribute food, prepare it and sell Sunday brunches which helps to fund Ascension activities – even though their salaries are at or below poverty level.

    …you find it in the support of 200 passionate community volunteers who turned up on a Saturday to build the school playground – when only a handful was expected.

    …you find it in dedicated teachers and administrators who work tirelessly to instill deep moral values, a solid education, and strong sense of self that helps the children to rise above their surroundings and move toward the realization of their dreams - despite earning $15,000 less than an entry level LAUSD teacher.

    Key things to note about Ascension:
    Standardized Tests have improved by 50%
    100% of Ascension graduates graduate from high school with 98% of those students continuing to college - these statistics are in stark contrast to the local public schools with graduation rates south of 50%
    Ascension has “pillow projects” where students make pillows for cancer patients and the homeless creating a connection to community and service.
    Ascension has invested in infrastructure for the future with a new computer lab opened in March 2011

    Ascension Catholic School serves hard-working families of primarily Hispanic and Afro-American descent whose average income closely reflects the current poverty level ($9,000 for a family of four). The area’s population is approximately 95,000 of which approximately 18,500 are school-aged children between the ages of 4-14. The 2008 US census estimates the median household income for 46.5% of this zip code is below $15,000. The area is economically disadvantaged and most students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. 97% of residents are Hispanic with the balance made up of 1% African American, 1% Caucasian, and 1% other origin.

    To quote Jonathan Lockwood Huie: “Powerful dreams inspire powerful action. When you can taste, smell and touch your dreams, you can enroll the world.”

  • History:
  • Founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet with just four classrooms and a parish hall, Ascension Catholic School has been educating children of all denominations in the South Los Angeles community for over 70 years with almost 300 students in Pre-K and K-8 classrooms.

    One of six regional accrediting associations in the United States, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) first accredited Ascension Catholic School in 2005, along with the Western Catholic Education Association. With these accreditations, Ascension Catholic School creates the highest quality learning experience for all students and insures that efficient and relevant systems are in place to fulfill those expectations for every child.

    From this proud tradition, Ascension Catholic School will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary throughout the 2012-2013 school year.

  • Year established:1938
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:10
  • Staff size:15


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:95-1792261

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:951792261
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  • Organization Address:517 W 112TH ST
  • Organization City:LOS ANGELES
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:90044-4203
  • Group Exemption Number:0928
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):7
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Religious Organization
  • Affiliation Code:9
  • Ruling Date:March, 1946
  • Deductibility Code:0
  • Foundation Code:10
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Church 170(b)(1)(A)(i)
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  • Organization Code:2 (Trust)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 1969
  • Filing Requirement Category:06 (990 - Not required to file (church))
  • Accounting Period:December
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  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:40:26 am

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