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Ascent GAP Year

As a high school graduate, are you feeling confused, afraid, or pressured when it comes to what’s next?

The choice between college and the workplace is scary. With the rising costs of college tuition, going in without a plan can be frustrating and expensive. That’s why a gap year is important. Taking a gap year allows students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of themselves, have clear direction of God’s purpose for their life, and an action plan to fulfill that purpose. The Ascent Gap Year covers all of these areas while also allowing students to earn college credit.

Attend a Virtual Visit

Sign up to get a 30 min, one-on-one virtual visit with our Internship Manager, Jonathan Banfield, to hear about the Ascent Gap Year Program and have your questions answered.

Attend a Visit Day At Grace Adventure

April 19, 2024 from 2-4pm

June 21, 2024 from 2-4pm

July 12, 2024 from 2-4pm

It’s Easy to Get Started

Schedule an in Person or Virtual Visit

Fill out the form and learn more about how Ascent can help you gain a better understanding of yourself and an action plan for God’s purpose for your life.

Complete Application

Applications can be completed online. Please also include your references.

Schedule Interview

Once you complete your application, someone will reach out to you to schedule an interview. These can be done via online conference call or in person.

Multiple Studies Have Shown that Students Who Complete a Gap Year Benefit From:

Increased Maturity Levels

Higher Academic Performance

Easier Job Placement

The Ascent Gap Year Internship provides High School graduates with a short-term, full-time, ministry experience.

Students are equipped both personally and professionally in character based servant leadership.

Our trained staff equip students with:

  • Personal & Professional Goal Setting
  • Character & Leadership Development
  • Biblical Studies & Worldview Formation
  • Career and Life Skills
  • Life Coaching
  • Personality and Spiritual Gifts Tests
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • People & Time Management Skills
  • Personal Finances
  • Camp Ministry Skills
No two students learn at the same pace or style. The Ascent Program offers a variety of ways to learn both in and outside of the classroom.

Spiritual Growth

We believe that a vital and growing relationship with Jesus Christ is central to our lives. That is why the Ascent Gap Year Program is focused on teaching Biblical principles, living in Christian community, and encouraging involvement in the local church.

Earn College Credit

Upon completion, Ascent Gap Year students are eligible to receive up to 18 credits (upon program of study) at Grace Christian University.

(Approx. Value: $13,140)

Testimonies of Impact

Ascent has been life-changing for me. This program has taught me the importance of discipline and action. My faith in God has done nothing but grow as has my confidence in my purpose .
Ascent Gap Year Student ('20)
Ascent has been life-changing for me. This program has taught me the importance of discipline and action. My faith in God has done nothing but grow as has my confidence in my purpose.
Ascent Gap Year Student ('20)


$ 7,800/Out Of Pocket Cost
(paid in four installments, over the Gap Year timeframe)


  1. Room And Board (Most meals available when serving groups)
  2. Books and Curriculum
  3. Training, Conferences, and Skill Development
  4. Individual Coaching and Supervision