ABOUT ASCENSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Ascension Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in Louisiana, and the largest to consistently maintain an “A” rating in the Louisiana Department of Education’s accountability system. The district is the largest employer in the parish with approximately 3,500 employees, including 2,000 teachers. It enrolls 24,400 students in 31 schools and 3 programs.
WE INVEST IN YOUR SUCCESS:
- Ascension Parish starting pay is $48,783
- Performance pay ranges from $300 to $1,100
- Supplemental pay ($10,000, $2,500, $1,250) for qualified educators at Donaldsonville schools (scroll down for details)
- A multi-tiered teacher support structure includes teacher coaches, mentor teachers, and master teachers
- Cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities enhance the teaching environment
DID YOU KNOW?
We surveyed all of our current teachers and this is what they said:
- 94% feel supported in their role
- 98% would recommend Ascension Public Schools to other teachers
WHAT OUR TEACHERS SAY:
"It’s a family. I heard it over and over again in interviews and just being around people who work for Ascension schools, and I didn’t fully believe it. However, it is true!! No one is out to “get you” or “out-do” you. We are a TEAM and together we make things happen for the best of our kids! Being a part of this team I can feel it. I have witnessed it time and time again in just two short months! Ascension is such a great place to be and I’m so glad I finally made the decision to take that leap to be a part of this school system! "
"Ascension Parish values their teachers and provides them with all the necessary materials in order to meet the expectations in instructing and progressing students. We are not asked to do one thing we are not trained and equipped to do."
"Teachers are supported from the top down. The district cares about instruction and continually strives to innovate and grow."
"Ascension INVESTS in its employees. I have grown leaps and bounds and my principals and supervisors have invested in my development. We grow teachers to grow students."
"The people are incredible and the opportunity for professional growth is like no where else."
Visit www.ascensionschools.org/employees/employment-opportunities to apply at any time! Be sure to attach required documents (Praxis scores, certificate, acceptance letter into alternative certification program, and transcripts) when applying.
West Side Supplemental Pay One Year Only
Designated staff at Ascension Head Start, Donaldsonville Primary, Lowery Elementary, Lowery Middle, and Donaldsonville High School are eligible to receive a one year only supplemental pay for the 2023-2024 academic year. This supplemental pay will be distributed to qualified employees incrementally during the 2023-24 school year.
West Side Supplemental Pay One Year Only
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To qualify for this supplement, teachers must hold a current certification in the course they teach and have received either the rating of Effective Proficient or Highly Effective on their most recent evaluation.
CORE TEACHERS (ELA, Science, Social Studies, Math, and SpEd) will receive $2500 prior to the beginning of each nine weeks period.
ELECTIVE TEACHERS (ex: Speech, Band, Art, PE, Health, Ag I & Ag II, African American Studies, CTE (IBCA/Quest/Food Science/First Responder/Customer Service/Entrepreneurship/JAG/ProStart/Patient Care Tech))* will receive $650 prior to the beginning of each nine weeks period.
PARAPROFESSIONALS must have either passed the ParaPro Assessment, hold 48 hours of college credit, or hold an associate’s degree, and have received either the rating of Effective Proficient or Highly Effective on their most recent evaluation. Qualifying paraprofessionals will receive $312.50 prior to the beginning of each nine weeks period.
*Please note, these are example subject areas.
WHY TEACH IN ASCENSION?
Ascension Public Schools invests in the education of its teachers through professional development and a robust tuition exemption program. Eligible teachers can qualify for up to 6 hours of covered tuition per semester (9 hours in the summer) as they pursue advanced degrees to enhance their future as educators or instructional leaders.
Ascension Public Schools has a dedicated millage for technology that generates $13 million each year. Thanks to the generous support of Ascension Parish taxpayers, our district has a computing device for every Pre-K through 12th-grade student. Every teacher has a laptop computer, a classroom printer, a document camera, a 75" active panel smart board, and access to the latest teaching software applications.
Ascension Parish has a dedicated millage to fund construction projects for its public schools. As the district has grown an average of 300 students per year for the last 15 years, there has been a consistent need to build new schools and renovate existing facilities. In 2016 and 2020, voters approved the extension of the 15.08 millage to generate $120 million and $140 million, respectively, in construction projects. These have included opening Bullion Primary in 2019, Bluff Middle and Bluff Ridge Primary in 2020, and Sugar Mill Primary in 2021. East Ascension High is undergoing a complete rebuild, and Prairieville High School is on schedule to open in the fall of 2024, which will create the fifth feeder system in the district. For a full list of construction projects, visit https://www.
NATIONAL AWARD-WINNING TEACHERS
Not only is Ascension Public Schools a great place to work, but it is also nationally recognized as one of the best! In 2022, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching bestowed the prestigious District Award for Educator Effectiveness to Ascension Parish. This award is not given out each year and has only been awarded to five districts across the country. Three schools have earned the TAP Founder's Award, the highest honor bestowed to one school in the country by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, and earlier this year Lakeside Primary teacher Elise Frederic won the Milken Foundation Educator Award.
The starting salary for teachers in Ascension Parish is $48,783 with an opportunity to earn up to $1,100 in performance pay, annually. In addition, qualified teachers who work in Donaldsonville schools are eligible to earn up to $10,000 in supplemental pay.
Employees of Ascension Public Schools enjoy a robust benefits package including medical insurance with free employee dental and vision coverage, as well as the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and free $50,000 life insurance coverage. In fact, Ascension employees have one of the lowest PPO healthcare costs in the surrounding parishes starting at just $41 per month.