Awards and Distinctions

BASIS.ed Students Receive Recognition for their Academic Accomplishments

Throughout their high school careers, BASIS.ed graduates earn impressive awards and distinctions based on their academic achievements.

AP Scholars

The College Board designates students as AP Scholars depending on the number of AP Exams they take and how they perform on those exams. In 2016, students at BASIS.ed-managed schools were more than two times more likely to earn AP Scholar awards than other students participating in AP testing, and nine times more likely to be designated as National AP Scholars, the highest award level.

National Merit Scholars

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for College Scholarship that has been in place for more than 60 years. Students become eligible for National Merit recognition when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Approximately 1.5 million students participate in the PSAT/NMSQT each year. Roughly one percent of high school seniors nationwide receive recognition as a National Merit Semi Finalist and fewer than one percent move on to become Finalists.

2016 AP Scholar AwardsPercent of AP Test Takers Earning AP Scholar Distinction

Chart: Percent of AP Test Takers Earning Distinction

2016 National Merit ScholarsPercent of 2016 Graduates Earning National Merit Scholar Recognition

Chart: National Merit Scholarship Recognition
  • AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams
  • AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
  • AP Scholar with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams
  • National AP Scholar: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams
  • Commended Students: About 34,000 students are named Commended Students based on their high scores on the PSAT/MNSQT each year.
  • Semifinalists: Nationwide, about 16,000 students qualify as Semifinalists. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
  • Finalists: Approximately 15,000 Semifinalists advance to Finalist standing every year.

Sources: The College Board, 2016 and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 2016.