1) What is The Academy?
The Academy at BASIS Independent McLean offers a primary-text, seminar-based, writing-intensive approach to the study of English and history in grades 8–12. English courses and two-teacher led honors history seminars provide students with frequent opportunities to analyze, discuss, and write about text in ways comparable to college-level coursework. Students who join The Academy program 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 is The Academy program unique compared to the existing BASIS Curriculum?
Students in The Academy at BASIS Independent McLean follow an alternate humanities course sequence, while continuing to take other core BASIS Curriculum courses with the wider BASIS Independent McLean student community.
Students who are in The Academy program take honors history seminars, whereas students who are not in The Academy program take AP history courses. Honors history seminars focus on learning through primary-text based seminar discussions and writing.
Additionally, students in The Academy are required to take AP English Literature, and English courses incorporate seminar discussions and texts from the Selection of Core Readings.
Finally, students in The Academy program are required to take AP Seminar in grade 11 and AP Research in grade 12, which together form the AP Capstone. For more information on the AP Capstone courses, please visit the College Board Course and Exam pages for AP Seminar and AP Research. 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 program is not a good fit for them, once they enroll? Can my child transfer out of The Academy program and into the existing BASIS Curriculum?
We know that The Academy at BASIS Independent McLean will present all of our enrolled students with a uniquely challenging and rewarding experience. That said, yes, it is possible to discontinue taking courses from The Academy program and take the existing courses for the BASIS Curriculum, in grades 8-12. Every case of a student who wishes to opt out of The Academy program will be treated individually. All such requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis and may require students to take specific elective courses to fulfill the existing 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.
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.