In the midst of this period of change and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing remained true. Our students continued to work hard and excel. Today we can proudly share that more than 60% of our high school students qualified as 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars. AP Scholar awards are recognition of performance on 2020 AP exams. Additionally, the National AP Scholar award is typically the highest honor granted to a student before graduation and is granted to less than 1% of students nationwide. We are proud to share BASIS Independent Brooklyn is home to 11 National 2020 AP Scholars.

“This past school year was an unprecedented one due to the pandemic, and I am truly proud that students continued to demonstrate exceptional performance on college-level coursework during a period of great disruption," said Head of School Hadley Ruggles. "In 2020, more students received the AP Scholar distinction than ever before for our high school. Moreover, our students sat for more AP exams in 2020 that ever before, and they received the highest scores to date."

AP Scholar awards recognize students who have demonstrated both a depth and breadth of knowledge and whose work has shown college-level mastery across multiple disciplines. The College Board awards the following distinctions for AP exams, and we have students who have achieved all levels.

  • National AP Scholar: students who received a score of 4 or higher on at least 8 exams, and an average score of 4 or higher across all exams taken.
  • AP Scholar with Distinction: students who received a score of 3 or higher on at least 5 exams, and an average score of 3.5 across all exams taken.
  • AP Scholar with Honors: students who received a score of 3 or higher on 4 or more exams, and have an average score of at least 3.25 across all exams taken.
  • AP Scholar: students who received a score of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams.

Nationwide, only about 10% of students earn the distinction of AP Scholar or higher by the time they graduate. We are thrilled to share some of the top accomplishments here:

  • 70 of our high school students were awarded AP Scholar distinctions, representing approximately 63% of our high school. 
  • The National AP Scholar award is typically the highest honor granted to a student before graduation and is granted to less than 1% of students nationwide. Eleven BASIS Independent Brooklyn students received this honor.

Congratulations to all our students who have earned an AP Scholar Award for their performance on their 2020 AP exam performance. See full lists of student recipients below:

AP Scholar: Students who received a score of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams.apscholars

  • Ibrahim A. '21
  • Ian B. '22
  • Sophia B. '22
  • Eric C. '22
  • Carson E. '21
  • Kiana G. '21
  • Miles H. '23
  • Addison J. '23
  • Edward K. '22
  • Oliver K. '22
  • Shamei L. '23
  • Anais M. '21
  • Lourdes M. '23
  • Elizabeth S. '22
  • Michelle S. '21
  • Jennifer V. '21
  • Maren W. '23
  • Alan Z. '20

AP Scholar with Honor: Students who received a score of 3 or higher on 4 or more exams, and have an average score of at least 3.25 across all exams taken. Nationwide, only about 6% of students will graduate high school with this degree of recognition or higher. Nearly all of these honorees have done so well before graduation.

  • Kamie A. '21
  • Tyler C. '21
  • Sofia C. '22
  • Chengronghao G. '21
  • Ethan H. '21
  • Corbin J. '22
  • Emelian K. '22
  • Josephine M. '21
  • Harry N. '22
  • Logan S. '22
  • Luca S. '22
  • Sharon W. '21

AP Scholar with Distinction: Students who have a score of 3 or higher on at least 5 exams, and an average score of 3.5 across all exams taken. These students have already completed at least a semester’s worth of college credit while still in high school. Only about 4% of graduating seniors receive this award, and less than 1/10th of 1% of students receive it after sophomore year. In 2020, the following 40 students received this honor:

  • Amber A. '22
  • David B. '21
  • Yasmin B. '22
  • Elizabeth C. '21 
  • Daniel D. '22
  • Elias D. '22
  • Liam D. '22
  • Soren D. '22
  • Jasmine E. '22
  • Luka G. '22
  • Peizheng G. 22
  • Alan G. '22
  • Daniel G. '21
  • Jacob H. '21
  • Katherine H. '22
  • Hudson H. '22
  • Courtney H. '22
  • Murphy K. '22
  • Charles K. '21
  • Vito L. '21
  • Luc M. '22
  • Peter Mugaba N. '22
  • Chiara P. '20
  • Sidharth R. '22
  • Gail R. '22
  • Oliver R. '21
  • Zihan S. '21
  • Daniela S. '22
  • Matthew S. '21
  • Joshua S. '21
  • Himani S. '21
  • Webber S. '21
  • Szymon S. '22
  • Nathaniel S. '22
  • Lezhi T. '21
  • Clara V. '11
  • Stanislaw W. '22
  • Asha W. '21
  • Wenwen Y. '20
  • Yanyu Z. '22

National AP Scholar: Students who have a score of 4 or higher on at least 8 exams, and an average score of 4 or higher across all exams taken. Eleven of the members of our Classes of 2021 and 2022 who sat for the exams received the honor of National AP Scholar. The full list of students who took 2020 AP exams and earned the National AP Scholar award follows:

  • Elizabeth C. '21 
  • Soren D. '22
  • Jacob H. '21
  • Katherine H. '22
  • Hudson H. '22
  • Murphy K. '22
  • Chiara P. '20
  • Oliver R. '21
  • Joshua S. '21
  • Szymon S. '22
  • Lezhi T. '21

Please join us in congratulating all of our BEARS!!!

All comparisons are based on publicly available data from the College Board, National Center for Education Statistics, and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

 

Photo Credit: Mr. Charles Hutchison - Debate team posing together in 2019. Many of our 2020 AP Scholars