1) What is The Academy?
The Academy is a program within BASIS Independent McLean that offers students a rigorous and in-depth study of English and history. English courses and History Seminars provide students with frequent opportunities to analyze, discuss, and write about text in ways comparable to collegiate-level coursework. Students in The Academy will follow an alternate humanities curriculum while continuing to take other core BASIS Curriculum courses with the wider student community.
2) Who can join The Academy?
The Academy serves BASIS Independent McLean students in grades 8-12, starting with grades 8-10 in fall 2019. Anyone who is admitted to BASIS Independent McLean and is within the grades served can join The Academy. There are no additional requirements.
3) How do I apply to The Academy?
Students do not apply for The Academy, but rather opt in to join The Academy program.
Prospective BASIS Independent McLean students indicate that they want to join The Academy while submitting their application to BASIS Independent McLean. Apply now!
Newly enrolled families for the 2019-2020 school year can indicate that they want to join The Academy by contacting their admissions recruiter or the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org | (703) 854-1253
BASIS Independent McLean families currently attending during the 2018-2019 school year can indicate that they want to join The Academy during the reenrollment process.
4) How does The Academy compare to standard BASIS Curriculum?
The Academy offers students in grades 8-12 a rigorous and in-depth study of English and history. English courses and History Seminars provide students with ample opportunities to analyze, discuss, and write about text in ways comparable to collegiate-level coursework. Students in The Academy will follow an alternate humanities curriculum, while continuing to take other core BASIS Curriculum courses with the wider student community. The Academy differs from the standard BASIS Curriculum of grades 8-12 in four primary ways: (1) History Courses, (2) AP® English Literature, (3) AP Seminar & AP Research, and (4) Senior Year Humanities. To download more information, click here.
5) What is the AP Capstone™ Program?
The AP Capstone Program is a unique opportunity presented to high school students and monitored by the College Board. Students are required to take both AP Seminar and AP Research. Together, these courses fulfill College Board requirements to conduct original research, to synthesize information, and to embark on an intensive project requiring college-level analysis and critical thinking. Students who earn a 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research qualify for the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™. Students who also earn a 3 or higher on four other AP Exams earn the AP Capstone Diploma™, an accolade that supplements the honor of a BASIS Diploma.
For more information on the AP Capstone courses, please visit the College Board Course and Exam Pages for AP Seminar and AP Research.
Are you a student? Check out the College Board information specifically designed for you: AP Seminar and AP Research.
6) What if my child decides The Academy is not a good fit for them? Can they withdraw from The Academy and remain a student at BASIS Independent McLean?
We anticipate The Academy will present your child with a uniquely challenging and rewarding experience. That said, yes, it is generally possible to discontinue taking courses from The Academy and take the standard courses for the BASIS Curriculum (grades 8-12). Any instance of this will be treated on a case-by-case basis and may require students to take specific elective courses to fulfill the standard BASIS Curriculum graduation requirements.
7) Are there additional fees associated with The Academy?
Students in The Academy pay the same tuition and fees as other BASIS Independent McLean students. To learn more, please visit the Tuition & Fees page. Beyond what is outlined on the Tuition & Fees page, students are required to pay the College Board fees associated with the AP Seminar and AP Research exams. The College Board determines fees associated with AP Exams. For the 2019 AP Exams, AP Seminar and AP Research each carry a $142 AP Exam fee. Note that students in The Academy are not required to take AP history exams, helping offset the costs for AP Seminar and AP Research exams.
8) How can I contact The Academy?
We would love to hear from you! Please call us at (703) 854-1253 or email us at email@example.com.