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Re: “BASIS and University High Are Top U.S. High Schools, Which Means . . .?

I am actually a graduating senior at BASIS this year and yes, it's completely true that my class started off a lot bigger than it is now. That isn't due to any kind of selection process though. When I entered BASIS I took placement exams, but that was all. The reason that the class size falls from year to year is because it is a lot of work and that just isn't right for everyone. Personally, and this isn't everyone, I was able to have a part time job, enjoy many extracurricular activities, hang out with friends, and have plenty of downtime for binge watching my favorite tv shows. Luckily, I am a good studier because my homework load was never more than an hour and a half, and that was a bad night. Now, I know lots of people who did a lot more studying and then did have better grades and test scores than me, but the difference in grades was minimal when they did a lot more work than I did. I loved BASIS, the teachers were awesome because I must say, English is not my subject but BASIS made me love to read. What I found really amazing was this year, senior year. It was really low-key because I had already finished all my credits. The last half of the year, I had to go in once a week and had no school work. With AP exams, you are required to take one of each subject; one math, one English, one science, and one history, but you don't have to pass them, you just have to take at least one. There were high expectations, but they weren't all that hard to meet if you like to learn and can put up with some annoying late nights. I think that it was worth it and I wouldn't choose another school if I had the chance again. I met some amazing friends who were just as passionate about learning as I am but I also have some great friends who wanted to challenge themselves and despite getting some D's, still loved BASIS and what it had to offer. Hmmm anything else I didn't address? Feel free to comment and ask me anything because I am more than willing to answer any questions (:

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Posted by rachelaadelle on 05/06/2014 at 8:58 PM

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