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May 23, 2018

Summer Spotlight: The Eighties: A Dystopian Decade

Whether or not you’ve ever heard of Night Rider, Space Invaders, or the game console Atari, our summer English Enrichment summer course, The Eighties: A Dystopian Decade, will get you excited about the 1980s. This course will explore the notion of dystopia through the fictional world of Ready Player One, the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline and 2017 movie by Stephen Spielberg. For students entering grades 5–8, the camp will help improve their critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them for middle and high school.

We spoke with English Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Sharp about his gnarly summer course and the decade it focuses on. Read Mr. Sharp’s full bio here.

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May 21, 2018

Class of 2018 College Acceptances

The following blog is repurposed with minor edits from our sister school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Please join with us in congratulating their newest graduating seniors on their many achievements and in wishing them well as they head off to some of the top colleges and universities in the world. 

A round of applause for the Class of 2018, please! Our soon-to-be graduates have completed their final year at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, and we could not be more honored to have had the opportunity to guide them to this pivotal point in their lives.

Not only have these students conquered a rigorous senior year filled with capstone courses, which required a deep dive into high-level content, many of our seniors participated in Senior Projects or AP Research Projects. Throughout it all, they worked hard to find and apply to colleges that they believe will be the best fit for their skills and interests. As a result of their extraordinary efforts—not just this year, but through their entire academic journeys—our Class of 2018 has gained entry to some of the oldest and most selective universities: California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and Stanford University, just to name a few.

Read on for the complete list, and please help us congratulate our 2018 Bobcats!

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May 18, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Math SET Ms. Baljee

Math is more than just numbers to Ms. Baljee, our grade 5 and 6 Pre-Algebra and grade 4 Math & Science Subject Expert Teacher. She sees math as a way to explore nature, logic, and the world. Through her interactive lessons, she introduces students to thinking about math through these lenses. And based on the smiles ever-present in her classroom, students love it as much as she does!

We sat down with Ms. Baljee to learn more about why it’s important to know math is more than arithmetic, the benefits of hands-on activities in the classroom, and her love of dance.  Read her full bio here.

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May 9, 2018

Quiz Bowl Team to Compete in National Championship

Pop culture, college football, chemistry, opera, ancient history—the BASIS Independent McLean Quiz Bowl team is ready for it all! The Quiz Bowl team will compete in the 2018 High School National Championship Tournament and the Small School National Championship Tournament. The team’s third place standing at the Mountain Vista Governor's School Open II in January earned them a spot at these national events hosted by the National Academic Quiz Tournaments in Atlanta in May.

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May 8, 2018

Summer Spotlight: Ooey Gooey Science

If your child likes to get his or her hands dirty, our Ooey Gooey Camp is perfect for them! Kids age 4 through grade 2 can spend a week discovering the messy fun that is science. Students will experiment with goop, slime, exploding soda, volcanoes, and more.

We spoke with Ms. Kimbrough and Ms. Johnson to learn more about what to expect in this Ooey Gooey camp. Read their full bios here.

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May 4, 2018

Middle and High School Students Perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Laughter filled the BASIS Independent McLean Theatre during three rousing performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For months, 22 students in grades 6 through 9 rehearsed after school to learn their lines, perfect their blocking, and nail their comedic timing. The students studied iambic pentameter, analyzed their character's arc, and worked on character motivations to perfect their craft.

Enjoy photos from the performance below.

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April 30, 2018

From Inside the Classroom: Upper School (Grades 8-12)

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 final part of her blog series, Ms. Knapp sat down with some of our upper school students in grades 8–11 to learn about their transition to our school. 

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April 27, 2018

The View From the Other Side of the Classroom: Teaching at BASIS Independent Schools

Everyone remembers that one teacher—the one that left such a distinct impression that you actually started to call English your favorite class even when you’ve always been a “math” person. To paraphrase BASIS Independent Brooklyn French Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Mandeville, at BASIS Independent Schools, all teachers are that one teacher—each one forges a true connection between their students and the lessons being taught, instilling in them an avid love for their subject. Good luck asking one of our students what their favorite class is. They either tell you, enthusiastically, “all of them!” or, “it changes each year!”

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