Over half 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. 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.

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. 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 to the top accomplishments here:

  • Misha B. ’22 is one of only 16 students across the globe to receive the AP Scholar with Honors award before entering high school!
  • Only 150 students across the entire country received AP Scholar with Distinction after grade 9. In Virginia, only nine students received the distinction, and six are from BASIS Independent McLean: Jamal B. ’21, Victoria B. ’21, Peter L. ’21, Annie W. ’21, Charlotte X. ’21, and Mimi Y. ’21.
  • 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. Ethan H. ’20 achieved this honor after his sophomore year, which is approximately 45 times rarer than being named a National Merit Semifinalist, and Kelley W. ’19 achieved it after junior year, which is three times rarer than achieving National Merit Semifinalist status. Kelly and Ethan have completed almost a year’s worth of college credit already.
  • In 2017, only one freshman in Virginia received the AP Scholar with Honors award. This year, two freshmen from BASIS Independent McLean earned this honor: Justin W. ’21 and Anna Y. ’21. Fewer students across the U.S. receive the AP Scholar with Honors award as freshman than there are perfect SAT scores in the country every year.
  • 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 2018, only 34 freshmen in Virginia received this award or higher, which is less than one out of every 3,000 students. Thirty-eight percent of BASIS Independent McLean Class of 2021 received an AP Scholar award, and they account for almost half of Virginia’s awards.
  • Approximately one quarter of 1% of America’s sophomores earn AP Scholar with Honor after sophomore year. BASIS Independent McLean had four students achieve this distinction: Tommy E. ’20, Pendaar P. ’20, Avi S. ’20, and Andy Z. ’20.

“I’m proud of all the hard work our students put in throughout the year, and that they are continuing in the BASIS Curriculum tradition of demonstrating exceptional performance on college-level coursework,” says Head of School Tiffany Conroy.

Congratulations to all our students who have earned an AP Scholar Award for their performance on their 2018 AP exam performance:

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

  • Armin D. ’19
  • Kareem B. ’20
  • Kiran J. ’20
  • Sofia J. ’20
  • Audrey K. ’20
  • Jordan C. ’21
  • Eric M. ’21
  • Sean P. ’21
  • Dora X. ’21
  • Jiaming Z. ’21

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. All these honorees have done so well before graduation.

  • Tommy E. ’20
  • Pendaar P. ’20
  • Avi S. ’20
  • Andy Z. ’20
  • Justin W. ’21
  • Anna Y. ’21
  • Misha B. ’22

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.

  • Alex Y. ’19
  • Tad B. ’20
  • Max D. ’20
  • Jack E. ’20
  • Miller H. ’20
  • Charan R. ’20
  • Nathan S. ’20
  • Aanika S. ’20
  • Charles T. ’20
  • Kamil U. ’20
  • Alan Y. ’20
  • Tina Z. ’20
  • Jamal B. ’21
  • Victoria B. ’21
  • Peter L. ’21
  • Annie W. ’21
  • Charlotte X. ’21
  • Mimi Y. ’21

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.

  • Kelley W. ’19
  • Ethan H. ’20

Go, Red-Tailed Hawks!

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