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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"Education is a right; however, it is a luxury to be challenged," said Head of School Hadley Ruggles. "While all school-aged pupils in America must attend regular hours in school, they do not have to make that time meaningful. To receive a challenging education means more work for a teacher, more commitment from home, and more effort from a student. Our seniors have donned this challenge gracefully."

"The class of 2022 should stand proud in their individual and collective accomplishments," continued Ms. Ruggles. "It has been a great professional honor to witness their growth supporting them when they requested it, but mostly granting them the autonomy to explore and achieve their goals. These independent thinkers will not shy away from a challenge and will confidently go in the direction of their dreams."

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"During the past four years, our seniors have wholeheartedly embraced the task of seeking their individualized college fit, which is what I counsel every student towards at BASIS Independent Brooklyn," commented College Counselor Matt Brauch. "As these students grew through the college search process, they became avid and critical reflectors and researchers, demonstrating mastery in the classroom, examining and chasing after their genuine passions inside and outside of school, and expanding their college research to schools across the country and abroad."

We are incredibly proud of our Class of 2022. Some highlights:

  • 55% of our graduating students applied and were accepted Early Decision.

  • 42% of students were offered spots at universities in the top 25-ranked national and international universities.
      • Barnard College, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University (2), Colgate University (2), Columbia University, Cornell University (3), Hamilton College, Johns Hopkins University (2), Rice University, University of California - Los Angeles, University of Virginia, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, University of Pennsylvania (2), Vassar College, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University.
  • The majority of students (80%) received acceptances from national and globally-ranked schools in the top 50.
      • That number rises to 87% for the top 75 schools. Of course, national rankings do not tell the full story, and some extremely talented students pursued art and design schools in line with their interests.
  • Students are also considering offers of admission from international institutions, including Duke Kunshan, Imperial College London, McGill University, University of Bristol, and University of Glasgow.

We are proud to share the university and college acceptances received by our 30 seniors as well as one Class of '21 alum, who applied to schools during a gap year. 

Please join us in congratulating our BEARS!


Barnard College
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
City University of New York - Hunter College
Clark University
Colgate University
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University 
Cooper Union
Cornell University
Duke Kunshan University
Emerson University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hamilton College
Imperial College London (UK)
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
McGill University
Michigan State University
New York University
Northeastern University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Rice University
Royal Holloway University of London (UK)
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seton Hall University
Skidmore College
State University of New York - Albany
State University of New York - Binghamton 
State University of New York - Buffalo
State University of New York - Geneseo
State University of New York - Oswego
State University of New York - Stony Brook 
Syracuse University
Texas A& M University
Tufts University
Union College (NY)
University of Bristol (UK)
University of California - Davis
University of California - Irvine
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - San Diego
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of California - Santa Cruz
University of Glasgow (UK)
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Sussex (UK)
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington - Seattle 
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Vassar College
Villanova University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University

"Our graduating seniors represent a class with a diverse set of interests," said Director of the High School Program Darlene Forde. "Students showed remarkable ability in science, math, humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. They are developing into artists, film connoisseurs, environmentalists, writers, mathematicians, engineers, historians, and driven leaders overall with integrity and curiosity. I know they will thrive in the years ahead of them."

Congratulations to our Bears! We know they have a big decision to make before College Matriculation Day on May 2nd. We look forward to celebrating their choices with them in person that day. Our soon-to-be graduates have had a huge impact on our school, and we are confident they will develop further into the leaders our world needs in the years to come.

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