Ascension Episcopal Kindergarten and Preschool

Learn. Grow. PLay 

AEK was established in 1967 as a ministry of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension.  We believe that children are a gift from God and that it is our privilege to guide them as they grow through the most formative years of their lives.  Our teachers are loving and dedicated to providing children a quality education in a positive Christian environment.

The curriculum at AEK is enhanced by weekly music classes where children learn songs, play musical instruments, and prepare for special music programs. Students also participate in weekly PE classes to develop the gross motor skills necessary to reach appropriate developmental milestones. Additionally, our students enjoy daily recess on our beautifully shaded playground. With its neighboring creek, the playground is our own private oasis in the heart of Vestavia Hills. 



At AEK we believe that children learn and grow through play, both in and out of the classroom. We believe that school should be a happy place where learning is a joy. In addition to age-appropriate curriculum, our program is enriched through chapel, music and movement classes, and an appreciation of the arts. Our school hours are 9:00-1:00 with an optional extended day option from 1:00-3:00. 



Our School is lucky to have a talented staff of passionate professionals who truly love what they do each and every day. Our teachers strive to create a warm, open environment where students feel safe to explore the world around them. That safety and security begins in our two year old classrooms as we introduce the concept of school. By the time children reach our 5K, they are ready to take on the challenges of reading and math so that they are prepared for the rigor of first grade. ​




Through weekly chapel services, the children at AEK grow in their relationship with God at a level that is appropriate for their developmental stage of understanding. Our teachers nurture a natural exploration of God's love through showing acceptance and love for all of God's creations. 



1912 Canyon Road, Vestavia HillsAlabama 35216, United States