Today we honor our Class of 2021 and celebrate news of their college acceptances to date. A majority of our graduating students started with us in middle school, and they had a strong foundation from which to rise to the academic challenges presented in our high school program. Seniors began their last year virtually during a pandemic, and just this month the option of the COVID-19 vaccine was opened to them. This change hopefully marks a turning point that will permit them to experience campus life this fall. We look ahead to their bright future, confident in their preparation to be a force of positive change in our world.
"The class of 2021 should stand proud in their individual and collective accomplishments," said Head of School Hadley Ruggles. "Individually, they carved out personal identities that match their passions and what they hope to accomplish in the world. Collectively, they developed lasting relationships with teachers, friends, and administrators, which aided in their efforts in the college search process."
"It has been my greatest professional honor to witness their growth — supporting them when they requested it, but mostly granting them the autonomy to explore and achieve their goals," continued Ms. Ruggles. "These independent thinkers will not shy away from a challenge and will confidently go in the direction of their dreams."
Photo by Danny D. '22
Today we have great news to share that offers hope for the future in the midst of the current pandemic. We want to celebrate Class of 2020 college acceptances. Our 16 seniors started with us right before or during high school, and they were willing to rise to the academic challenge of a school unlike any they had attended before. We are now excited to watch them switch focus to college and grow into strong leaders poised to be a force for change in our world. Their varied interests span across disciplines ranging from medicine to humanities, social sciences to the arts.
"We are proud to share that approximately 75 percent of our seniors received acceptance letters from one of the top 50 national universities," said Head of School Hadley Ruggles. "When you expand that to the top 80 universities and colleges, that percentage increases to approximately 88%. Additionally, more than half of our students in our senior class of 16 received acceptances to universities or liberal arts colleges ranked in the top 30 in the nation according the U.S. News & World Report. These include Columbia, Wesleyan, Georgetown, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, Barnard, University of Rochester, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill."
Graduation is almost upon us, and we want to celebrate all that our first class of seniors has accomplished. Our 16 seniors started with us right before or during high school, taking a risk to help build and start our learning community. They had to run harder and faster, rising to the challenge of the BASIS Curriculum in high school without the preparation of earlier years. We are now excited to watch them switch focus to college and embark on the next chapter of their lives.
"We are proud to share that more than 80 percent of our seniors received acceptance letters from one of the top 50 national universities," said Head of School Hadley Ruggles. "Our students are now deciding among universities such as Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, New York University, Rice, and Northeastern. Additionally, thirty-seven percent of our seniors received acceptances to either one of the top ten ranked universities or top ten ranked liberal arts colleges in the nation."
What a year it has been at our sister school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! As they settle into their summer routine, we reflect fondly on their student achievements for the year.
BISV Head of School, Mr. Walker, says, "As a school community we are so much more than simply our outstanding test scores. We are a thriving learning community made of dynamic and determined students who embody the spirit of curiosity and academic intrigue. These achievements are a manifestation of that spirit."
Below scratches the surface of what has been a school year of accomplishments for our sister school community. We look forward to watching this list grow in the years to come:
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