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April 25, 2018

Summer Spotlight: Forensic Chemistry

This summer, experience CSI: BASIS Independent McLean edition! For rising grades 6-8, our Forensic Chemistry camp explores the application of science to criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. Students will be exposed to a hands-on curriculum introducing principles and techniques that are practiced and applied to the analysis of crime scene investigation.

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April 19, 2018

From Inside the Classroom: Middle School

Our new Associate Director of Admissions Ms. Knapp wants to help prospective families learn more about what it's like to attend BASIS Independent McLean! In the third part of her blog series, Ms. Knapp sat down with some of our middle school students in grades 5–7 to learn about their transition to our our school. 

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April 18, 2018

Four High School Students Qualify for Economics Governor’s Challenge State Championship

Ethan H. ’20, Jamal B. ’21, Victoria B. ’21, and Tad B. ’20 have qualified for the Adam Smith Division of the State Championship of the Governor's Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. As the BASIS Independent McLean team, these four high school students form one of several teams from across Virginia that will test and apply their knowledge of economic concepts at the day-long competition. 

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April 13, 2018

Summer Spotlight: French Immersion

Parlez-vous français? Do you speak French? Your son or daughter can soon! No experience is needed for our French Immersion summer camp. The camp is taught in two sections, one for kindergarten and grade 1 students, and another for grades 2–4 students.

This romance language will be taught via age-appropriate immersion activities including, but not limited to: songs, stories, cartoons, arts and crafts projects, and games. The camp will focus on developing basic speaking and listening skills, as well as an appreciation of French culture.

To learn more about this camp, we spoke with Ms. Montgomery, one of our wonderful BASIS Independent McLean French teachers, who is leading this camp! Read her full bio here.

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April 11, 2018

Students Explore Galapagos Islands on Spring Break Trip

Spring Break is often a restful week away from school often filled with fun and sun, but for 11 of our students, it was a week of adventure and exploration in the Galapagos Islands!

Eleven students, ranging from grades 4–10, visited the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador to explore diverse habitats, exotic animals, and South American culture. Science and Spanish Subject Expert Teacher Dr. Isquith, Science Subject Expert Teacher Ms. McCormick, and four parents went along for the ride (and to chaperone)!

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April 6, 2018

Let's Do the Time Warp! (K-5 Musical Performance)

You could have called it the Throwback Theatre on Wednesday night during the "Time Warp" musical performance of students in kindergarten through grade 5. Each class sang and danced to popular tunes from one decade from the 1930s to the 1980s. 

It was a timebending performance and exciting to see the hardwork of our students and Subject Expert Teachers Mr. Junsay and Ms. Michalak.

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April 3, 2018

2018 Senior Projects at BASIS Independent Schools

A very exciting part of the senior year experience involves Senior Projects, so we wanted to look ahead with a blog post from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley detailing the Senior Projects underway there right now. Please note the post below is republished with minor edits from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Blog.

It is with optimism and pride that we support our seniors as they complete their final trimester as BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. Now past the huge milestone of applying to college, our 67 seniors have so much of their education behind them, but are, in many senses, faced with one of the biggest growth experiences in their education to date: the Senior Project.

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March 30, 2018

Summer Spotlight: Middle School Jumpstart

We’re excited to highlight our first middle school camp in our Summer Spotlight series—Jumpstart! This camp is perfect for new and returning students in grades 6–8 to acquire a strong foundation for a successful BASIS Independent McLean middle school experience.

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March 27, 2018

From Inside the Classroom: Primary (Grades 1–4)

Our new Associate Director of Admissions Ms. Knapp wants to help prospective families learn more about what it's like to attend BASIS Independent McLean! In this next part of her blog series, Ms. Knapp sat down with some of our primary students in grades 1–4 to learn more about their favorite parts of the school day. 

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