At BASIS Independent Brooklyn, we prioritize cheering on our student accomplishments across many areas–from fine arts to community service, debate competitions, sports, and beyond. However, academic accomplishment remains a shared priority within our community. We proudly share that based on the 2022 AP scores more than 60% of our high school students qualified as Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars during their time in our program. Students move from AP Scholar to AP Scholar with Honor and then AP Scholar with Distinction. Approximately 40% of our students reach that highest level of AP Scholar with Distinction by the time they graduate.
“Academically our students continue to knock it out of the park,” said Josh Harmon, Head of School for BASIS Independent Brooklyn’s Upper School. “By 2022, more than 66% of our entire high school was awarded the honor of AP Scholar or higher. Moreover, our students sat for more AP exams in 2022 than ever before with the growth of our high 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. The College Board awards the following distinctions for AP exams, and we have students who have achieved all levels.
- 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 (based on historic data provided by the College Board). We are thrilled to share some of the top accomplishments here:
- 78 of our high school students were named AP Scholar or higher distinctions, representing over 66% of our high school.
- Our Class of 2022 was the first to take AP Seminar and AP Research classes, and all five students opting for this path graduated with AP Capstone Diplomas.
The College Board AP Capstone Diploma is awarded to students who take both AP Seminar and AP Research classes. At the end of the sequence, students present their original AP research in a presentation. Topics this past year ranged from an analysis of the response to political violence in college-aged students in two U.S. cities to an exploration of the gentrification of Greenpoint, Brooklyn in ethnic enclaves.