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November 21, 2022

Senior Year Reconstructed

The very last year at BASIS Independent Brooklyn serves as a bridge from traditional classroom learning to apply knowledge in a real context. By this time, most students have their Advanced Placement (AP) courses and graduation requirements nearly completed. As such, this year is designed to act as a “capstone” to their whole educational experience through three elements: daily college counseling courses, college-level capstone, and post-AP courses. For most students, the year culminates in a Senior Project, a unique opportunity to independently pursue their own research interests. You can see Class of 2022 Senior Project presentations to get a sense of the variety of topics pursued.

Just last month Head of School Josh Harmon stepped into Mr. Brauch's college counseling class to address our seniors on how to get the most from senior year. It seemed worthwhile to share a sneak peek at what is happening in the uppermost grade at BASIS Independent Brooklyn.

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September 28, 2022

BASIS Independent Schools Top Niche 2023 Rankings

The 2023 Niche school rankings are in and BASIS Independent Schools has remained a rankings powerhouse! The BASIS Independent Schools network now comprises six campuses—three of which have graduating classes—in locations across New York, Northern Virginia, the Bay Area, and the greater Seattle area. We are thrilled that campuses across our network continue to achieve such impressive national recognition year after year. 

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September 16, 2022

More than 60% of High School Students Earned AP Scholar Distinction

At BASIS Independent Brooklyn, we prioritize cheering on our student accomplishments across many areasfrom fine arts to community service, debate competitions, sports, and beyond. However, academic accomplishment remains a shared priority within our community. Today we can proudly share that based on the 2022 AP scores more than 60% of our high school students qualified as Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars during their time in our program. Students move from AP Scholar to AP Scholar with Honor and then AP Scholar with Distinction. Approximately 40% of our students reach that highest level of AP Scholar with Distinction by the time they graduate.

“Academically our students continue to knock it out of the park," said Josh Harmon, Head of School for BASIS Independent Brooklyn's Upper School. "By 2022, more than 66% of our entire high school was awarded the honor of AP Scholar or higher. Moreover, our students sat for more AP exams in 2022 than ever before with the growth of our high school."

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September 8, 2022

How to Prepare for the 2023-24 Admissions Season

Now that the 2023-24 BASIS Independent Brooklyn application is officially open, our Admissions team wanted to share some advice, gleaned over the years and over conversations with thousands of families. After all, the PreK to grade 12 school search process in New York City is unlike any other, as Director of Admissions, Sarah Ellerton knows well. After growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut, it was quite a shock to discover that while of course you have to apply to private schools, you also have to navigate an application process for public schools!

Knowing this, Ms. Ellerton wants families interested in BASIS Independent Brooklyn to know her team is there to make the process as easy-to-understand and simple as possible. “When families tell me that their experience with our application process was easy to navigate, warm, and friendly, that's when I know we've done our job,” states Director Ellerton.

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August 18, 2022

In the News: Women in STEM Edition

BASIS Independent Fremont's rising junior Heeya D. made a guest appearance on the TODAY SHOW this week during a segment where the Princeton Review's Rob Franek discussed college admissions and Advanced Placement Exams with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush. 

The development capped off a year where we saw some amazing accomplishments from students, particularly women in STEM, celebrated by local news. We wanted to share some select news reports and segments featuring students from across our campuses in California and New York to Virginia.


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August 11, 2022

Tips for Easing Separation Anxiety

The transition to school can be both exciting and anxiety-ridden for students and parents alike. Joy in meeting classmates may be mixed with fears of how to make new friends. The thrill of new challenges may mingle with concerns about being in a classroom away from home.

Stella Moon, an Early Learning Teacher at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, has been advising parents on separation anxiety for decades during her many years teaching preschool. She had some tips to share with families in the month before school starts.

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August 5, 2022

Leadership Spotlight: Director of Lower School Ms. De Leon


As Director of Student Affairs for BASIS Independent Brooklyn's Lower School, Samantha De Leon's goal is to cultivate productive and positive relationships with teachers and families so that all students can achieve at their highest levels.

“At our Lower Campus, every moment that the kiddos are working in their classrooms they are deepening their curiosity, building their resiliency, and thinking critically about their world. This strong foundation sets them on a path to not just be personally successful but also to be a part of the success of their global community. I am eager to be a part of their journey and support them at every stage of accomplishing their goals.”

Ms. De Leon was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She received the Gates Millennium Scholarship and attended Brown University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in elementary teaching. After twelve years of teaching and curriculum consulting, Ms. De Leon decided to transition to administration as the Director of Student Affairs at the Lower School Campus.

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June 6, 2022

BASIS Independent Schools: The Class of 2022!

The college placement results for the Class of 2022 have arrived!

BASIS Independent Schools students continue to prove they are the future leaders of our generation. This year, graduates across our entire network of schools—from New York City and the Washington, D.C. Metro Area to California—achieved notable acceptances to some of the top colleges and universities not only in the U.S., but across the world.

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May 6, 2022

Mothers Making a Difference Together

Going into Mother's Day weekend, we wanted to share an inspiring story of how one mother at our school named Britni Erez has made a huge difference by volunteering with an organization called The Hummingbird Effort Foundation. It provides humanitarian relief and housing to Ukrainian mothers and children now in Poland. How she came to get involved is what makes the story so compelling.

A few years ago Britni met Dorota Applebaum when their children were in another school together. This March, Britni reached out to Dorota, since she remembered her family lived near the Ukrainian boarder. Britni then found out Dorota had started an effort to house and care for the overwhelming number of refugees from Ukraine. That is when Britni jumped in to help.

Dorota Applebaum is a real estate investment banker and investor. The Hummingbird Effort Foundation, which she founded, is a nonprofit that has no operating expenses. Volunteers like our parent Britni donate their own time and resources and 100% of contributions go to helping Ukrainian families.





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April 15, 2022

BASIS Independent Brooklyn's Class of 2022 College Acceptances

Today we honor our Class of 2022 and celebrate news of their college acceptances to date. Our graduating class truly helped build our school culture and community, since a majority of our graduating students started with us in middle school. Through the years they rose to the academic challenges presented in our High School Program, and they are well prepared for the transition to university next year. 

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Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Brooklyn is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.

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