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December 2015

A Brief Q&A with Hadley Ruggles:

BASIS Independent Brooklyn's Head of School

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A Brief Q&A with Hadley Ruggles, BASIS Independent Brooklyn’s Head of School

Hadley Ruggles, Head of School at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, knows firsthand that by offering young minds phenomenal opportunities to learn, a school will see phenomenal student results. Prior to her Brooklyn appointment, Ruggles served as founding Head of School at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley and as Head of School at BASIS Scottsdale, the #2 ranked high school in the nation.

The BASIS.ed managed network of schools started in Arizona in 1998 with one charter school, 50 students, 6 teachers, and a vision for an American educational network of global quality. Since that time, the BASIS.ed network has grown to include 23 schools, both independent and charter,  over 14,000 students (with more than 5,000 students on the wait list) and over 1,000 meticulously selected teachers.

In 2013, the  BASIS.ed system participated for the first time in the OECD Test for Schools based on PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the results were extraordinary: BASIS students ranked higher in math and reading than students in Shanghai, China, the highest ranked school system in the world.

Ms. Ruggles was kind enough to sit down with EPR Properties for an informal Q&A about how the BASIS.ed curriculum and school culture work together to bring out the exceptional in each student.

You can listen to the conversation below:


More About BASIS Independent Brooklyn Head of School Hadley Ruggles

In 2011 Ms. Ruggles was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities grant, and she holds both a Master of Science degree in Education and Social Policy as well as a Master of Arts degree in American Literature from Northwestern University. As a Midwestern native, Ruggles did her undergraduate work at the University of Kansas, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Slavic Languages and Literature.

Her rich academic background is a striking example of the intellectual accomplishment those familiar with BASIS.ed have come to associate with the school’s uniquely rigorous curriculum and its standards of excellence in the field of instruction and academic leadership.


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