It's official—we are in full swing for 2018! Applications for the 2018–19 school year are live, and we can’t wait to meet the next wave of BASIS Independent Brooklyn students and families. As we embark upon this upcoming admissions season, we felt it would be helpful to gather some of our most frequently asked questions to provide more insight into applying for our school and becoming a part of our community.
Q: In what grade levels do you have seats open?
We anticipate getting close to our full capacity this upcoming school year (2017–18), with some grades filling faster than others. It is likely that we will have a few grade levels with zero open seats for the 2018–19 cycle, where applicants will be immediately placed in our waiting pool, so we recommend submitting an application for the 2017–18 cycle to lock in a seat while it is still available.
Q: When is the deadline to submit an application?
We have two different admissions cycles to choose from:
The Early Admissions Cycle. The deadline to submit an application for Early Admissions is on Friday, November 17, 2017. The entire application process must be completed by Wednesday, December 6, 2017. (If BASIS Independent Brooklyn is your first choice, we cannot stress enough that you should apply for Early Admissions.)
The Regular Admissions Cycle. The deadline to submit an application for Regular Admissions is on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. The entire application process must be completed by Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
Q: How will you support my child as he or she transitions into the program, especially since there are now more returning students than new students?
At BASIS Independent Schools, we offer extensive support avenues to ensure your child has a smooth transition into our program. We establish go-to adults for every child to make sure the lines of communication are open and to launch a personal plan, including options such as extra teacher hours, a homework buddy, and organizational support. In addition, our expert teachers are passionate, empathetic, and devoted to helping our students learn, question, and grow throughout the year .
Q: What is the curriculum like?
The BASIS Independent curriculum is advanced, but not exclusive. Our curriculum is well-rounded, STEM-focused, and rooted in the Liberal Arts, with a plethora of AP electives available in the Upper School years. We offer coursework in Math and Science, Humanities, Interdisciplinary studies, Language, Fine Arts, and Physical Education. You can read a more extensive overview of our curriculum here.
Q: How can I learn more about the program?
We offer a few different events to allow families to learn more about our school and program:
1) Information sessions are a great introduction to our academic program, where you can get down into the details of our curriculum and coursework.
2) Open Houses let you view our school as a student. Move from class to class to meet some of your child’s teachers and hear their expertise as well as their plans for the school year.
3) Tours take you around our academic environment where you can see our program in action and experience our culture of support firsthand.
We love meeting and interacting with our families, as well as growing our relationship through the school year, which is why these events are key. As all of our events take a good deal of preparation and often have limited space, they require a committed RSVP. We consider your attendance at an event a positive indication of your commitment to learning about our program and respect for those who would have liked to attend but could not due to space constraints. Register for our events here.
Did we miss any of your questions or concerns about upcoming applications for the new school year? Let us know! Leave a question in the comments below: