The liberal arts and sciences BASIS Curriculum provides students many opportunities to demonstrate excellence in and out of the classroom. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students and teachers at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. Below is a selection of media recognition of school achievements and noteworthy happenings around campus and across our network:
BASIS: Inside the Acclaimed School Network That’s Blended Together the World’s Best Education Practices
-The 74 Million
“…Tara attends BASIS Independent Brooklyn, part of a chain of 27 public charter, private, and international schools in five states, Washington, D.C., and China that recently captured four of the top five spots on U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of America’s best high schools. BASIS makes advanced, immersive coursework a requirement for all students, from pre-K through high school—an approach that some dub ‘deep content.’ But for co-founder Olga Block, there’s nothing extraordinary about such comprehensive study; it’s simply the way she was taught as a child growing up in Czechoslovakia.”
A revolutionary school ‘turns back the clock’ in Brooklyn
-New York Post
“… As headmaster Hadley Ruggles tells me, ‘Brooklyn is a progressive place, and it looks like we have rolled back the clock.’ The students are taught grammar. Math in the early grades involves drilling. Students are required to take three years of Latin. Writing is focused on analytical work, not ‘journaling.’ The school does offer some trendy classes: Elementary school requires several years of engineering and Mandarin. But they’ve also stuck with Advanced Placement classes, even as many schools have dropped them out of fear that kids will burn out from all the tests. Students as young as eighth grade are taking APs and scoring well.”
Best of Brooklyn: BASIS Independent Brooklyn
-News 12 Brooklyn
Sixth- and seventh-grade students from BASIS Independent Brooklyn fell just short of moving on in this year’s Department of Energy National Science Bowl.
‘Initially, I was nervous, because there were so many other teams,’ says Kesar S., one of five students from the school who had hoped to make it to the next round in Washington, D.C. ‘Everyone was much older than us—and taller.’
For the first time, the students competed at the regional competition in January, squaring off with 10 other New York City teams of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. The BASIS team finished second.
Brooklyn kids compete to be 'Master Chef Junior' on FOX
“Donovan, a student at BASIS Independent Brooklyn has been cooking since he was three-years-old, his father told the school’s blog. ‘I’ve always been really interested in cooking Asian food, exploring unique flavor profiles and experimenting with exotic ingredients,’ the science and Mandarin-loving student said. ‘I love the feeling of discovering something really new and unique, like a rare spice or difficult to find seasonal fruit or vegetable. Since the show ended, I’ve been really focused on developing my pastry and cake decorating skills.'”