Ms. Cushman, a true Renaissance woman, very much intrigued us when we shadowed her around BASIS Independent Brooklyn for a day. After graduating from Brown University, she pursued a career in writing and art before coming to the realization that she loved teaching. Not surprisingly, paintings liven up the walls in her classroom, and included in this blog post are photos of her creations on display for students.
A Day in the Life
Early Morning (7:25 a.m.)
Most mornings Ms. Cushman greets students and helps younger children out of cars on Sigourney Street. She wanted to make it a point of saying 'thank you' to the parents who consistently drive as far up Sigourney as possible before dropping off their child to make sure there is enough room for all the cars.
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Ms. Cushman has time to prepare for her upcoming 9th grade honors English class. She typically goes through lessons prepared ahead of time and takes stock of her classroom to make sure seats are in order and students have a clean, organized work area.
BASIS Independent Brooklyn's physics teacher Mr. Winter has always been a super star to our students and community. Recently, he was invited to participate in a "Cool Jobs" panel at the 10th Annual World Science Festival. The conference reached out to amazing teachers who "make science and math as interesting and engaging as possible to the students they teach."
BASIS Independent Brooklyn's high school is growing under the leadership of Head of School Ms. Hadley Ruggles, her executive team, and our passionate, entusiastic faculty. Ms. Ruggles previously led BASIS Scottsdale, which U.S. News & World Report recently ranked as the #1 public high school in the nation, and she brings a wealth of experience to the Brooklyn campus.
"Through smaller high school classes, you have more opportunities - to participate in class, craft your own club and be a leader," said Ms. Ruggles at a recent talk on the difference offered by BASIS Independent Brooklyn's high school. "You also have the opportunity to be known. Our teachers really get to know your interests; they know your likes. They help partner you with programs and options to help you carve out your own path. Our students never get lost in the crowd."
We have fielded many questions about the student experience offered as we build out our private high school in Red Hook. Who better to help convey that than one of our great 10th grade students?
Eva Y. offered to share a typical day for her at our school in her own words. She and her younger sister came to BASIS Independent Brooklyn after transfering from another private school in Manhattan. Eva and her classmates will comprise our first graduating class in 2019.
It is hard to believe that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Class of 2017 seniors recently presented to their larger community the product (and process) of their Senior Projects.
Jean Witthoft brings more than a decade worth of experience in education operations to her new role as Head of Operations at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. Most recently, she led business operations at Brighton College for both the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain campuses, which are two of the region's leading, private British Curriculum Schools serving students aged 3 to 18. Prior to Brighton College, Jean held leadership positions at well-established schools in United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia overseeing operations and technology education.
"Jean's deep operations experience with top-ranked, private schools makes her an ideal addition to our team," said Head of School Hadley Ruggles. "We are lucky to have found someone who knows what it takes to run all aspects of schools serving preschool to high school students."
In new rankings released Monday evening, the BASIS Curriculum Schools network has the three best public high schools in the nation, four of the top five, and five of the top seven public high schools, in what is among the most-admired annual reports on American high schools.
The BASIS Curriculum Schools network had five schools eligible for the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. It is the first time a network or district has swept the top three spots – or had four of the top five, five of the top seven, or even five of the top ten:
BASIS Scottsdale - #1 high school in U.S.
BASIS Tucson North - #2 high school in U.S.
BASIS Oro Valley - #3 high school in U.S.
BASIS Peoria - #5 high school in U.S.
BASIS Chandler - #7 high school in U.S.
BASIS Independent Summer is expanding in the best ways possible. Our lineup of teachers has grown, and we are excited to share the great new additions, hot off the presses:
Read more for course descriptions and dates offered. Teachers leading the charge include our very own esteemed Ms. Crowley and Ms. Das in addition to an all-star member of the English Faculty named Dr. Helmers visiting from the Scottsdale campus.
With BASIS Independent Brooklyn's inaugural graduating class only a couple of short years away (Go Class of 2019!), we are excited to share with you the impressive acceptances of the Class of 2017 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Bobcats! 100% of this year's 20 graduates - the second graduating class ever at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley - were offered admission to the following colleges and universities:
It should come as no surprise that this time of year is incredibly busy for college admissions counselors across the world - and our sister school BASIS Independent Silicon Valley's counseling department is no exception. For students, what feels like a mammoth outcome of the last decade plus of their young lives comes to light, and for college counselors like Mr. Bojko, their incredible dedication really pays off as students start to look, with clarity unlike any prior, on what the next few years will look like for them.
All things considered, I was happy to catch Mr. Bojko for 15 minutes this week to get an update on college acceptances thus far and pick his brain on what makes the way BASIS Independent Silicon Valley does college counseling so unique. Mostly here for the college acceptances update? Jump to the bottom of the post.
AH: First, for the bigger-picture questions. Why college counseling?
TB: I finished graduate school in 2001, moved to Japan and got a job working for the Princeton Review, mostly with graduate school admissions. I wasn’t sure how I would like it, honestly, but it ended up being loads of fun. I loved getting immediate access to how people thought about themselves and their lives, especially because in Japanese culture such outward self-reflection is so unusual. Before Japan, I had worked in schools and I eventually started missing the school environment where I would know kids for years and not months, following them through their academic journey. That’s when I moved into college counseling.
BASIS Curriculum Schools have amassed research on the sorts of college acceptances our students receive based on their honor designation upon graduation. As everyone enjoys a little data with their Friday, please take a look at the included information on college acceptance organized by graduation type.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Brooklyn is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.