When the BASIS Curriculum was launched in 1998, it quickly gained attention and acclaim for its breadth, depth, and ability to successfully teach high-level content and critical thinking to eager students at a younger age. We have seen the implementation, success, growth, and evolution of the BASIS Curriculum over many years, including at each of our five BASIS Independent School campuses.
Like the other BASIS Curriculum Schools across the network, each BASIS Independent School continues to place a heavy focus on college readiness, as well as on overall student performance. In the 2016 Advanced Placement® exams, BASIS Independent School students earned a pass rate of 87.9%, and an average score of 3.89, with nearly 1,000 exams taken. In just two years, BINS students’ 2018 pass rate rose to 94.3%, with an average score of 4.18 across nearly 2,000 exams.
Student performance continues to improve at BASIS Independent Schools in critical college readiness assessments. The same is true of schools across the BASIS Curriculum Schools network. As such, we are once again proud to share a glimpse of the latest 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best High School rankings, which showcase high rankings for seven BASIS Curriculum Schools, even after a change in US News’ ranking methodology. The new methodology, released on April 29, 2019, broadens the focus of the ranking, moving away from college readiness. However, in spite of these changes, the seven BASIS Charter Schools which were in the Top 15 in 2018, were all still ranked in the Top 35 in 2019 – despite a more than six-fold increase in the number of schools ranked, from 2,700 in 2018 to more than 17,000 in 2019. That is, those seven acclaimed BASIS Charters are in the top 0.2% of all ranked schools. Further, those seven BASIS Charter Schools are ranked as the seven best schools in the state of Arizona, and five of the BASIS Charter Schools are in the nation’s Top 20 STEM schools – and STEM rankings are perhaps the most similar to the ranking methodology used in previous years.
Read on for more details about yet another year of incredible national rankings in U.S. News & World Report by BASIS Charter Schools.
Approximately sixty percent of our 2017–2018 high school students have earned an AP Scholar award, recognition from the College Board based on their performance on their 2018 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 we have four National AP Scholars in our senior class comprised of 16 students.
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.
Ms. Wallace joined BASIS Independent Brooklyn earlier this year as the Dean of Students for our Upper School (grades 8–12). She came to our Red Hook campus from Beacon High School, where she focused on student support and college counseling. Prior to Beacon, Ms. Wallace worked at the Professional Performing Arts School leading individual and group counseling sessions for high school and supported incoming high school students as well as preparing seniors for college. Ms. Wallace obtained her master's degree in school counseling from Hunter College.
With all of her experience in the high school arena, Ms. Wallace says that her favorite part of working with students is "seeing the passion that students express when they encounter new and meaningful information.”
Ms. Wallace was drawn to BASIS Independent Brooklyn because students are encouraged to “immerse themselves at a high level of academic thought and rigor, while still being encouraged to practice individuality and personal creativity.” The balance of those qualities is something that she also appreciates from the teachers and staff whom she has started to work with at the school.
Earlier this week our faculty learned that Eva Y., one of our 17 seniors, was confirmed as a 2019 National Merit Semifinalist. The pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of the U.S. high school seniors.
"I'm proud of our first graduating class and all students; Eva in particular deserves this additional acknowledgement of her hard work and academic ability as assessed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation," said Head of School Hadley Ruggles.
Earlier this week our staff and faculty were thrilled to welcome our first class of seniors! Along with our first graduating class, which includes 17 seniors, comes our first prom, Senior Project Presentations, and many other highlights.
Head of School Hadley Ruggles stepped into the college counseling class on the first day of school to talk to our seniors and inspire them to make the most of the their remaining time with us. It seemed worthwhile to share with our interested families a sneak peek at what is happening in the uppermost grade at BASIS Independent Brooklyn.
This week marked many firsts for our students. It was an especially exciting week for our pioneer students – it was the first time students in their junior year of high school stepped into the lobby of BASIS Independent Brooklyn! Soon enough they will be crossing the graduation stage as our first graduating class ever, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves…
Faculty and staff are thrilled to continue to nurture mentorships and roll out programs customized to the interests of our growing high school student body. From an inaugural "formal" dance in the spring to expanded class offerings, and not to mention new after school competitions, sports, and clubs, our high school is really coming into its own.
BASIS Independent Brooklyn's high school is growing under the leadership of Head of School Ms. Hadley Ruggles, her executive team, and our passionate, entusiastic faculty. Ms. Ruggles previously led BASIS Scottsdale, which U.S. News & World Report recently ranked as the #1 public high school in the nation, and she brings a wealth of experience to the Brooklyn campus.
"Through smaller high school classes, you have more opportunities - to participate in class, craft your own club and be a leader," said Ms. Ruggles at a recent talk on the difference offered by BASIS Independent Brooklyn's high school. "You also have the opportunity to be known. Our teachers really get to know your interests; they know your likes. They help partner you with programs and options to help you carve out your own path. Our students never get lost in the crowd."
We have fielded many questions about the student experience offered as we build out our private high school in Red Hook. Who better to help convey that than one of our great 10th grade students?
Eva Y. offered to share a typical day for her at our school in her own words. She and her younger sister came to BASIS Independent Brooklyn after transfering from another private school in Manhattan. Eva and her classmates will comprise our first graduating class in 2019.
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.