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March 20, 2018

MATHCOUNTS Team Places First at State Competition for Second Year in a Row

Way to go Team SWEEP! Our MATHCOUNTS team earned first place in the state championships in Richmond this past weekend. This year’s team, dubbed Team SWEEP as a combination of their initials, included: Sam W. ’23, Eleanor K. ’22, Ethan Z. ’23, and Pravalika P. ’22.

This marks the BASIS Independent McLean MATHCOUNTS team’s second time participating and second time winning in the annual statewide MATHCOUNTS competition. Both Pravalika and Ethan were on last year’s winning team as well.

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March 16, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Art Subject Expert Teacher Ms. Rowland

Middle and high school Art Subject Expert Teacher Ms. Rowland sees unlimited possibilities in art for her students, no matter their level of artistic skill. One of her favorite tactics is to remove all erasers from the classroom so students have to think outside their box and see an accidental line as more than a mistake. In Ms. Rowland’s class, students learn that art teaches problem solving, finding a new perspective, and resilience, all while discovering more about themselves.

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March 15, 2018

Summer Spotlight: Under the Sea

This summer, we are excited to host four full-day camps for our youngest learners (age 4 through grade 2). These camps provide engaging hands-on activities for students to learn about new topics and physical activities through sports camps! First, we’re featuring Under the Sea, taught by our Kindergarten Expert Teachers Ms. Kimbrough and Ms. Moomaw. Read their full bios here.

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March 9, 2018

From Inside the Classroom: PreK & Kindergarten

Our new Associate Director of Admissions Lauren Knapp wants to help prospective families learn more about what it's like to attend BASIS Independent McLean for our youngest learners! Ms. Knapp sat down with some of our PreK and Kindergarten students to learn more about their favorite parts of going to school here. 

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March 1, 2018

Summer Spotlight: English Enrichment: Social Justice

We’re kicking off our Summer Spotlight series with one of our English Enrichment camps, Social Justice: A Reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates, which was developed and is taught by our all-star English Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Sharp. Read his full bio here.

In Social Justice: A Reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates, students entering grades 8–12 will explore social justice in America as they study social changes from the 1960’s and up through present day. This course will examine various essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the comic book superhero Black Panther. Along with the historical and literary focus, instruction will aim to improve students’ grammar, writing, critical reading, and note-taking skills. This course is designed to help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills to prepare for the SAT, AP exams, and college-level coursework. 

This week-long, half-day course will run July 16–20 and July 23–27. Students may take both weeks, but are not required to.

We spoke with Mr. Sharp to get a sneak peek into what students can expect:

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February 23, 2018

What to Expect at Our March 3 Open House

We invite you to join us at our Open House for preschool–grade 12 on Saturday, March 3 at 10 AM. Our Open House is the best way to discover our amazing teachers, learn about our advanced curriculum, and meet our fantastic current students and parents!

At Open House, prospective families will follow a mock schedule based on grade level and experience our academic program, expert teachers, and student life in action.

Register for the Open House >>

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February 16, 2018

Top 5 FAQs About BASIS Independent Summer

Though we’re still in the throes of winter, here at BASIS Independent McLean we are ready for summer! Over a four-week period in the summertime, BASIS Independent Summer offers 10 full- and half-day camps for boys and girls from PreK to grade 12. We sat down with Director of Auxiliary Programs Mike Anderson, who runs the summer program, to answer the five most frequently asked questions.

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February 12, 2018

BASIS Curriculum Schools News Roundup

BASIS Curriculum Schools is no stranger to making the news—whether its large scale recognition for its academic program or stories of the differences our students make volunteering in and supporting their local community. We make a point to share these stories out with families and readers, but want to highlight some of the most recent news.

The past several weeks have been particularly exciting for our schools—with our Silicon Valley campus’ full profile in Business Insider, a piece announcing the newest Thailand campus, and CNBC’s profile of the best high schools in the country (surprise: BASIS Curriculum Schools occupy the first three spots as well as #5 and #7). The stories are exciting in perpetuating the high performance of legacy at BASIS Curriculum Schools campuses and signify a carving out of a path for new, exciting traditions of excellence.

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Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! McLean is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.

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