BASIS Independent Schools strive to raise the standard of student learning to the highest international levels. At heart lies a conviction never to underestimate student potential. No one believes this more than Head of School for BASIS Independent Brooklyn, Hadley Ruggles. She will quickly tell you engaged, independent students produce exceptional results in the classroom and beyond in the real world. Ms. Ruggles was drawn to BASIS.ed nearly a decade ago by the commitment to put student learning first and the respect afforded to teachers to use their own methods to make children want to learn more. “Our students do not just meet but exceed international benchmarks,” said Ms. Ruggles. “We attribute that to our subject expert teachers in the classroom bringing a passion to instruction and our accelerated curriculum that challenges students.”

Ms. Ruggles first joined BASIS.ed schools as teacher and quickly distinguished herself as a leader. She was appointed Head of School at the flagship BASIS Scottsdale campus, which has been consistently ranked as one of the very best schools in the nation since it opened in 1998. Ms. Ruggles commented that her time leading BASIS Scottsdale was critical for understanding the cumulative power of the curriculum: “There I saw critical thinking and logical reasoning brought to life across all classrooms; logic informed sciences and math as well as writing.”

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“Our schools take the best of the creativity and questioning seen in the American model of education and pair it with the drive, discipline of the best international schools,” said Ms. Ruggles. “We are preparing critical thinkers who thrive in a school environment that values informed thought and collegiality and where different perspectives are challenged and tested.” To learn more about BASIS Independent Brooklyn and the new BASIS Independent Schools campus opening in Manhattan, visit their website and sign up to attend an upcoming information session.

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This series was brought to you by BASIS Independent Schools as a sponsored series for A Child Grows in Brooklyn. Read their previous posts on ‘Learning to Love Science’,  ‘Where the Arts Flourish‘,  ‘Subject and Learning Expert Teacher Model’, ‘The Power of Making Connections”, and “Why Mandarin in the Early School Years.