All of our 2020-2021 juniors and seniors earned an AP Scholar award, recognition from the College Board based on their performance on their 2021 AP exams. In addition, 80% of all high school students in grades 9-12 earned this recognition. These awards recognize students who have demonstrated both a depth and breadth of knowledge because their work has shown college-level mastery across multiple disciplines.

(You can also read about our student who got a perfect score on the AP Psychology test here.)

The College Board awards the following distinctions for AP exams:

  • 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.

The College Board has discontinued other awards, including the National AP Scholar award, previously awarded to less than 1% of students nationwide, but a majority of our students would have achieved this even higher distinction.

Nationwide, only about 10% of students earn the distinction of AP Scholar or higher by the time they graduate. More impressive than the number of students to earn this award at BASIS Independent McLean is how quickly some students were able to earn distinction. We are thrilled to share some of the top accomplishments here:

To achieve any AP Scholar award by the end of grade 9 is a rare feat. Nationwide, about 1,200 students, or 0.03% of grade 9 students across the country achieve this honor. For 2021, only 31 freshmen in Virginia received this award or higher, which is less than one out of every 3,000 students. Twenty percent of the BASIS Independent McLean Class of 2025 received an AP Scholar award, and they account for about one fifth of Virginia’s awards.

Approximately one tenth of 1% of America’s sophomores earn AP Scholar with Distinction after sophomore year. BASIS Independent McLean had 21 students achieve this distinction, representing 80% of the sophomore class.

I am so proud of our AP scholars and what they accomplished last year. All their hard work and dedication paid off. Our school is very fortunate to have such outstanding students who love to learn. Great job, Hawks!” says Head of School Jason Shorbe.

Congratulations to all our students who have earned an AP Scholar Award for their performance on their 2021 AP exams:

AP Scholar: Students must receive a score of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams.

  • Sia A. '24
  • Sophia C. '24
  • Chelsea H. '24
  • Justin L. '24
  • Wenrui L. '24
  • Arman H. '23
  • Zaozao L. '23
  • Eesha M. '23
  • Neil B. '22
  • Annica D. '22
  • Saranga B. '21
  • Neel D. '21
  • Aneri S. '21
  • Sarika S. '21
  • Maria-Teresa T. '21

AP Scholar with Honor: Students must receive 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.

  • Xilai S. '24
  • Aneesh V. '23
  • Owen B. '22
  • Sean J. '21
  • Milan M. '21
  • Dylan P. '21

AP Scholar with Distinction: The highest designation the College Board awards to US students. Students must 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 nationwide receive this award.

  • Arnav A. '23
  • Pranav A. '23
  • Robert D. '23
  • Spencer F. '23
  • Cavan G. '23
  • Naga G. '23
  • Nathan H. '23
  • Arthur H. '23
  • Anjali J. '23
  • Daria L. '23
  • Maria L. '23
  • Luana M. '23
  • Rithik P. '23
  • Charles R. '23
  • Suman S. '23
  • Srithan T. '23
  • Cynthia T. '23
  • Robert W. '23
  • Raleigh W. '23
  • Benjamin W. '23
  • Bohan Z. '23
  • Nadia A. '22
  • Arsalaan A. '22
  • Sonja B. '22
  • Muhi B. '22
  • Michael B. '22
  • Ilse D. '22
  • Jose G. '22
  • Spencer H. '22
  • Jason L. '22
  • Mohan L. '22
  • Pallavi M. '22
  • Sophie P. '22
  • Shalini S. '22
  • Andrew S. '22
  • Wesley W. '22
  • Kaan Y. '22
  • Shuyao Z. '22
  • Zhimo Z. '22
  • Jamal B. '21
  • Victoria B. '21
  • Jordan C. '21
  • Zhaokang D. '21
  • Monali G. '21
  • Jeffrey G. '21
  • Louis H. '21
  • Jacob J. '21
  • Radhika K. '21
  • Christopher K. '21
  • Junliang L. '21
  • Zipeng L. '21
  • Yaodong L. '21
  • Eric M. '21
  • Karan M. '21
  • Sean P. '21
  • Sreeya R. '21
  • Annie W. '21
  • Charlotte X. '21
  • Dora X. '21
  • Mimi Y. '21
  • Jiaming Z. '21
  • Tianyi Z. '21

Go, Red-Tailed Hawks!

 

All comparisons are based on publicly available data from the College Board, National Center for Education Statistics, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.