Each year, hundreds of teachers from the various BASIS Curriculum Schools gather in Arizona for Summer Institute, a week of learning, networking, and preparing for the upcoming school year. Newly hired teachers and those changing roles attend this annual event, where they gather in peer groups to establish best practices for educating students in the context of the grades and subjects they teach within the BASIS Curriculum.
We had an exciting second year here at the home of the Red-Tailed Hawks! As our student body grew, so did our community, events, and student achievements.
As Independence Day, an iconic American holiday, draws near, we are looking back on all the amazing cultural celebrations on campus throughout our 2017-18 school year. At BASIS Independent McLean, our community is enriched by the multitude of cultures and traditions that our families celebrate.
The last week of school at BASIS Independent McLean is still full of learning, but it comes in the form of Project Week, four days for students in all grades to work with their peers on multi-disciplinary projects. Students engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various other grade levels and teachers they may not have had in class.
Our campus is usually filled with Red-Tailed Hawk pride, but on June 8, BASIS Independent McLean was filled with support for the red, hot pink, light green, yellow, and eight other colored teams. In our second annual Field Day, students were divided into multi-grade teams to participate in fun group activities.
We are thrilled that our students thrive in learning various languages. Every April, our students participate in the national French, Latin, and Spanish exams, which are taken by students across the country. All of the students below will be recognized when foreign language awards are given out during awards assemblies on the last day of school.
AP exams are held the first two weeks of May, but school doesn’t get out until a month later, so it’s a common question: What do students in AP classes do after AP exams? Most classes do a cumulative paper or project to productively conclude the course; however immediately after AP Exams, all BASIS Independent McLean high school students participated in the College and Career Boot Camp (CCBC).
A fan-favorite summer camp is returning from last year: Science Exploration! From building gliders to investigate which design goes the furthest to making ice cream using liquid nitrogen, students will have a blast learning by creating.
Students will engage in hands-on, group-based chemistry, biology, and engineering experiments to deepen their understanding of scientific concepts. There are two age groups for this camp, grades 1–4 and grades 5–8, and each will have age-appropriate experiments. Middle school students will also gain improved laboratory skills, learn how to properly read a graduated cylinder, and light a Bunsen burner.
We spoke with Science Expert Teacher Dr. Hartman to learn more about this electrifying course. Read her full bio here.
Just as our community is enriched by the wide range of student interests, it is enhanced by the vast knowledge and expertise of our parents. Dr. Reggie Brothers, father of Jasmine ’24, recently spoke to our high school students and our parents in separate presentations about the future of human technology.
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.