Going back to its earliest beginnings, the history of Ascension School began with the Church of the Ascension and NY Archbishop Corrigan’s decision to form a new par- ish in a portion of Holy Name Parish lying north of 101st Street in the autumn of 1885. This Upper West Side neighborhood, identified as Manhattan Valley, lying north of 96th Street and East of Broadway, was expanding rapidly. The population boom at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, due in large part to ac- cess provided by the newly built IRT Ninth Avenue Line (1870) and IRT Broadway- Seventh Avenue Line (1904), consisted predominantly of working-class Ger- mans. The Lion Brewery, one of the area’s earliest landmarks, was built and run by Catholic Bavarians in 1857 and occupied six square city blocks from Central Park
West to Amsterdam from 107th to 109th Streets. Before the construction of Ascen- sion Church, Sunday mass was held in the brewery basement. For Father Nicolas Reinhart, first rector of the Ascension Parish, his very first service was celebrated in the Lion Hall Park Building on 109th Street and only eight parishioners showed up! Soon after Father Reinhart along with his assistant Father Uleof, began offering Sunday masses in the Chapel at the Home for the Aged of the Little Sisters of the Poor (135 West 106th Street) with a significant upswing in attendance to around 5,000. Furthermore, approximately 400 children were enrolled in the parish Sunday school, located in a small building used as a rectory at 228 West 104th Street.
Founded in 1911, under the supervision of the Sisters of Charity of Mt. Saint Vincent and the De La Salle Brothers, our school continues to this day to serve young children in the city with quality education rooted in the Catholic Faith. Our religious education provides insights and experiences that allow each student, in light of individual needs, learning styles and academic differences, to practice love of neighbor, responsibility towards community and sharing of self.
All students have daily Religion classes which promote Catholic beliefs, values and traditions. Each day begins with morning prayer as a school community in our gymnasium. Students attend mass weekly, and are given service opportunities throughout the year.
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