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November 3, 2023

Fall 2024: Top Ten Questions Asked Every Admissions Season

We are excited to meet many wonderful families considering a BASIS Independent Brooklyn education for their family.

During each admissions season we field a wide range of questions about the admissions process, our program, the transition, student life, electives, extracurriculars, and so much more! 

While we are delighted to speak to every one of our families, we have observed certain questions that are commonly asked. 

Continue reading below to learn more about the top ten questions asked every admissions season. 

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October 27, 2023

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

At BASIS Independent Brooklyn, we prioritize cheering on our students' accomplishments across many areas–from 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 2023 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 48% of our students reach that highest level of AP Scholar with Distinction by the time they graduate.

“Academically all of our students qualified as AP Scholars by the time they finished their junior year," said Josh Harmon, Head of School for BASIS Independent Brooklyn's Upper School. "When looking at all students in grades 9-12 more than 60% of our entire high school was awarded the honor of AP Scholar or higher. Moreover, our students sat for more AP exams in 2023 than ever before with the growth of our high school."

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October 26, 2023

Meet the Winner of the 2023 Fellows Scholarship for Excellence in Senior Projects!

Passion, Perseverance, and the Intersection of Biomedical Research & Computer Science: Meet the Winner of the 2023 Fellows Scholarship for Excellence in Senior Projects!

The leaves are falling, the air is turning crisp, and seniors are putting the finishing touches on their college applications: it’s October, so one would think that the third trimester would be far from students’ minds at the moment. In reality, seniors at BASIS Independent Schools are hard at work in the beginning stages of their Senior Projects!

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October 6, 2023

Welcoming Our Newest - and Greenest - Neighbor

Nearly two years ago our Cub Community moved into a brand new Lower School campus, PreK - Grade 2, at 405 Gold Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The campus was deliberately designed to support the growth of our youngest learners. Now we are pleased to share that the Downtown Brooklyn Alliance is in the final stages of building a brand-new park right across the street.

The lovely new 1.15-acre site of outdoor space is nestled between Gold, Willoughby, and Duffield Streets right across the street from our school. Designed by landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Jones, plans include a new playground, lawn space, dog park, ornamental plantings, and multiple seating areas. 

The neighboring green space will be a wonderful resource for recess breaks, and families will be able to enjoy a convenient playtime after school.

Park rendering Lower School edit

Rendering of Abolitionist Place by Hargreaves Jones

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September 25, 2023

Nearly 60% of Class of 2024 Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program and nearly 60% of BASIS Independent Schools Class of 2024 have been recognized as Semifinalists and Commended Scholars this school year.

20% of the Class of 2024 have been named Semifinalists across our five high schools including BASIS Independent Brooklyn, Fremont, Manhattan, McLean, and Silicon Valley. Each state has different cutoff scores for the honors, and our BASIS Independent Schools are in some of the most competitive states – California, New York, and Virginia -- for semifinalist qualification.

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September 22, 2023

BASIS Independent Schools Secure Top Spots in 2024 Niche Rankings

The 2024 Niche private school rankings have been released,2024 Badge and BASIS Independent Schools maintains its position as a national leader in K–12 education. We are excited that our network’s campuses consistently received significant national recognition year after year. These rankings are a testament to the strength of the internationally benchmarked BASIS Curriculum, the unwavering dedication of our Learning and Subject Expert Teachers and their steadfast commitment to equipping students for success as they embark on their journey to excel in the world’s top colleges and universities.

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September 21, 2023

BASIS Independent Brooklyn Students Honored by National Merit Scholarship

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) just released the names of Semifinalists and Commended Scholars in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program – including 9 BASIS Independent Brooklyn students. Jack B. '23 was named as a Semifinalist and will continue on in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring. Along with Jack, we proudly celebrate 8 Commended Scholars recognized by NMSC. 

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August 1, 2023

Discover your Potential: The Fall 2024 Application is Now Open

The application for the 2024-25 school year is now available for Preschool - Grade 12. Join our community!

At BASIS Independent Brooklyn, we invite those with a passion for international learning, a drive to excel, and a commitment to contributing meaningfully to a dynamic, vibrant, and thriving community. Our supportive and encouraging learning environment, led by Learning and Subject Expert Teachers, fosters ambition and joy in learning, empowering our students to discover their potential. Along the way, we develop participants, not spectators.

Outside of the classroom, our students actively engage in a variety of athletic, club, and competitive offerings to explore their passions and interests, and build lasting connections with their peers.

We invite you to learn more about the admissions process at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, home of the Bears!

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July 14, 2023

2022-2023 Year in Review

Dear Families and Staff,

During the quiet months of summer, we make it a priority to reflect on the past year right before the rush of back-to-school begins. Now we wanted to share some lessons learned, celebrate accomplishments, and pay tribute to our 2023 graduates.

Let's start with academics. We spend many hours reviewing our academic outcomes as a data-driven school. Our data informs our practice, identifies our weaknesses, and allows us to knowledgeably celebrate our successes. For these reasons, we can truly say we practice both the art and science of teaching. Without data, we would not understand our own goals, or we would assume we were just lucky when we met them!

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June 2, 2023

2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Congratulations to the 2023 winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. We wanted to celebrate the inspiring student work from BASIS Independent Brooklyn this year by sharing the work with our community. Students have created visually stunning and meaningful imagery, and we wanted to share many of the pieces honored by Scholastic in the hopes of inspiring others. We are proud to see them brilliantly uphold the BASIS Independent Brooklyn standard for setting the bar high for our school community and rising to meet those goals. 

"Our students' hard work has led to great outcomes," commented Head of School Josh Harmon. "I'm proud of their creativity and the execution that earned them their awards. Thank you to our teachers for inspiring and guiding our students to express themselves and capture their unique perspectives."

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