Posts about High School Program

November 15, 2019

Wellness Year: A School-wide Initiative

For PreK through high school, our Student Affairs team has launched a stepped up wellness initiative in September that will span the full academic year. Our deans and directors partnered with faculty to lead the charge for a "Wellness Year" that integrates wellness themes into year round programming.

"The whole Student Affairs Team had a meeting of the minds this summer, and all deans and directors discussed ways a Wellness Year focus could span all grades with themes that are relevant for students in PreK to high school," said Dean Darcy Golka of Primary Grades (2–4). "We worked on what students in our different age bands need to hear, and we spent time ensuring messages were age appropriate."

Monthly programming themes were designated based on what deans and directors knew were happening in students' lives and thinking through what was appropriate developmentally. They wanted to create a more robust program that would spark conversations among students about themes that go beyond wellness and tap into social-emotional learning.

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September 27, 2019

Sixty percent of High School Students Received 2019 AP Scholar Distinction

Approximately 60 percent of all our 2018–19 high school students earned an AP Scholar award, which the College Board just released. AP Scholar awards are recognition of performance on 2019 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 seven National AP Scholars in the 2019 report just shared with our school.

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.

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September 12, 2019

Fall Sports: Competitive Athletics Overview

Competitive athletics and sports can play a key role in the development of students. Our sports program aims to create a strong culture that brings our BASIS Independent Brooklyn community together regularly to cheer on our BEARS. 

"My goal is to enrich our school culture with a healthy dose of competition,"soccer team-1 said Mr. McCollum, Physical Education Faculty member. "I want to show our students they can be scholars and athletes. In addition, I intend for our program to build a stronger sense of school spirit and sporting culture. It is my desire to see a thriving and competitive student body that continues to pursue excellence through both academics and sport."

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May 3, 2019

Despite the New U.S. News & World Report Ranking Methodology, BASIS Curriculum Schools Earn the Same A+ Results

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.

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January 24, 2019

Sixty Percent of High School Students Received 2018 AP Scholar Distinction

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.

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January 7, 2019

Meet Ms. Wallace, Dean of Students for Our Upper School (Gr. 8-12)

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 WallaceRobinProfessional 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.

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September 12, 2018

2019 National Merit Semifinalist

Earlier this week our faculty learned that Eva Y., one of our 17 seniors, was Yarsky cropped-1confirmed 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.

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September 7, 2018

Welcome Seniors!

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.

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February 23, 2018

High School Fed Challenge Begins

 
Today we publish the first of hopefully many blog posts written by students for our school community! Middle and Upper School students interested in covering events or activities can submit blog posts for consideration and review to their Dean, who will share with our Director of Communications.

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September 8, 2017

First Day Address to High School

This week marked many firsts for our students. It was an especially high school lobby-3.jpgexciting 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.

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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.

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