Administered by the College Board to promote college readiness, Advanced Placement® courses and exam scores are objective measures to assess high school students and permit them to bypass, and in some cases gain credit for, introductory college courses. AP® exams are a recognized standard across the world and an integral part of the admissions decisions for many colleges and universities.
BASIS Independent students are required to take AP classes in all disciplines.
Our curriculum is oriented around the idea that deep learning happens when students are challenged, and there is no better manifestation of challenge than AP and post-AP coursework. Our unique implementation of AP and post-AP coursework in core disciplines, foreign languages, social sciences, and technology-related topics facilitates content mastery at the college level and the gaining of tools to understand the complexities of the modern world.
Explore statistics related to BASIS Independent students’ performance on AP exams below. Curious why AP? View this PDF.*
BASIS Independent students are 47.5% more likely to pass their AP exams than the average test-taker.
A higher pass rate means higher chance of actually earning college credit while in high school!
Because of their AP exam results, some students are able to enter select colleges as second semester sophomores.
Some universities where this is the case include the UC system’s engineering programs, University of Southern California, and North Carolina State. In other cases, students use AP credit to satisfy liberal arts requirements which gives them earlier access to advanced coursework.
11.8% of the grade 10 National AP Scholars in the country are BASIS Independent students, and 98.5% of 2020 BASIS Independent Schools graduates received an AP Scholar distinction!
For the general population, the majority of AP Scholar recognition is awarded in grade 12, with 99% awarded in grades 11 or 12. At BASIS Independent Schools, 96.1% of our students achieve this distinction by grade 10. For every 131 students who graduate from a BASIS Independent School, nearly 129 will receive distinction as an AP Scholar.
BASIS Independent students take an average of 12.4 AP exams by the time they graduate.
The average number of exams per BASIS test-taker in 2020 was 3.45 versus 1.8 for all test takers who are usually seniors (in 2020, 37.6% of all AP exams were taken by seniors, while only 2.8% of our AP exams were taken by seniors). Taking AP exams is a strong indication to college admissions representatives that students are willing and able to tackle college-level material.
*Please note, all statistics are for BASIS Independent Schools as a whole. For campus-specific performance, please contact us.
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