What do parents say about us?

As we tried to keep our kids engaged and motivated during the Covid lockdown, we were introduced to Ascend Now for our 12 year old son Nico.

We were looking for a different teacher/student relationship, away from the traditional classroom model. We were also seeking new subjects to learn beyond the regular academic curriculum of a 6th grader. 

As a young student/athlete, Nico was particularly interested in entrepreneurship and the Ascend Now team was able to tailor an extremely attractive introductory course combining the basics of business (accounting, marketing, pitching, making a business plan etc), with some creative work mixed-in.

I have never seen Nico so engaged, so focused and so responsive to a teacher. For the first time learning was fun, collaborative, generationally relevant, empowering.


His awesome coach Caitlin was six time zones away, while his mentor Devi was six time zones in the other direction. Everything works smoothly, with Nico at the center of proceedings. As parents, we were regularly apprised of progress made, and upcoming milestones.

For the first time, our son was able to project himself into the ‘real world’ of adults and actually get a clear picture of what his path may become in practice, in order to achieve his dreams. He has matured a lot in a matter of weeks. He looks at problems, issues, topics differently and can engage with grown-ups on an empathic level.

I cannot recommend this experience highly enough, particularly to families with (hyper)active kids that tend to feel somewhat disillusioned with ‘regular’ academia.

Francisco Arcilla  |  Switzerland 

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I was first introduced to Ascend Now last year and loved their belief that age does not matter when it comes to testing your skills in the real world!

My 9 and 11 year olds chose projects that would progress towards the submission of an article for publication. While most students between the ages of 9-11 are submitting work for a class grade, my children have worked with Faaiza & Ethan from Ascend Now to impress an editor of a top publication. This has complemented the theoretical concepts they learned at school.

But what I like the most about the project is that it has been driven by my children themselves, unlike at their school where the approach is top-down! Educators at Ascend Now believe that children should be the decision-makers when it comes to learning.  They are experiencing great hands-on learning with real-world applications, & it has enhanced their passion, motivation & confidence. Their submission date is approaching & whether or not they are published, the process from start to finish will stick with them and help shape the person they become.

I’m so happy with the service and would be happy to recommend their programs to anyone who has questions from a parent standpoint.

Peter Galante | Japan

While looking for a little academic support for my 17 year old, it became clear that what he sought was not just a tutors, but teachers who would empower him with skills that would help navigate the IB trajectory. And that’s exactly what we found with the team at Ascend Now. All their teachers are thorough not just with the curriculum, but also with taking the classroom content and guiding their students toward applying it  in their day to day lives, especially in their internships and extra-curricular activities.

With their own academic and professional accomplishments, the Ascend Now teachers are very well qualified to mentor students, who need that little nudge to make their academic experience a bit more empirical.

Arati Menon Gupta | India


Devi and her team have been incredibly supportive of Ayaan. Virtual learning can be very challenging, but the tutors at Ascend were able to keep him engaged and he enjoyed the learning. They were promptly responsive to all his academic needs. 

Roshini Jaiswal | Singapore

Thank you to Ascend Now.  I am so grateful to see my son's huge transformations academically and in writing. I feel extremely comfortable and at ease knowing that my child is in good hands. Ascend Now has always been extremely trustworthy, flexible and their teachers care. Don't know what more a mother could ask for. 

Yohana Tiju | Singapore


I have been with Ascend Now for 2 years and they have given my sons unparalleled guidance. Their quality of education and innovative methods have made my children fall in love with learning. My son recently got into Philips Academy Andover and we are thankful for Ascend Now's help.

Brent Chinn | Indonesia

My seventh grader was never interested in writing. Ascend Now went with him on this journey to develop a passion for writing. Within 10 months, teachers started seeing improvements in his writing skills and I'm proud to say my son has been published in The New York Times on his first attempt! I'm forever grateful to Ascend Now for their help.

Manjali Khosla | India


What do our teacher-training workshop participants say about us

I absolutely loved my IB workshop with Ascend Now. It was very well organised and personalised. I mentioned to the educator that this was one of the best workshops I have attended. The educator was resourceful, experienced and had a lot of patience while going over each session's assignments and doubts. We were able to connect English language and literature through the PYP, MYP and DP, which many facilitators cannot do. We had plenty of time to reflect and discuss the core elements of the IB within Language and Literature. I would recommend this course for every aspiring IB teacher. 

Tracy Waller | MYP Language & Literature Teacher Training 

My first time participating in a workshop with Ascend Now definitely wouldn't be my last. The encouraging supportive atmosphere of the workshop was beyond amazing allowing us participants to enjoy the informative discussions, share our own ideas, experiences, samples of work and consistently reflect on the knowledge gained to develop our own teams and schools' implementation of the IB program. Our concerns and areas to further develop were always addressed and workshop details were altered to meet our own needs. It was my pleasure to learn and collaborate with true educators representing IB education at its best. 

Elyana Zawaideh  | MYP Language & Literature Teacher Training 

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