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.
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.
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.
Can you believe that the school year is more than halfway over? Time has flown! We know many of you are excited to begin preparing for your summer vacations and other seasonal plans, but we wanted to remind you that now is also the time for middle and high school students to consider the classes they want to take in the upcoming 2018–19 school year.
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.
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:
We are incredibly proud of the following nineteen students from our sister school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, who have been named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. The students are:
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.
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.
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.
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.