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July 17, 2018

Summer Institute 2018 – An Oasis of Learning in the Desert

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.

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July 2, 2018

2017-2018: Oh What a Year!

The fourth academic year at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley was a resounding success on all counts, especially when we take a look at all of the outside activities our phenomenal students participated in.

From local meets to national competitions, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students are a presence. Myriad interests keep our students busy and engaged. Join us in congratulating our Bobcats on a job well done!

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June 14, 2018

American Computer Science League All Star Contest


BASIS Independent Silicon Valley’s Senior Team's outstanding performance in the regular season earned them an invitation to the American Computer Science League All Star contest. Invitations to the All Star Contest are based on cumulative team scores earned at the four ACLS events scheduled over the regular season. Our Senior team was thrilled to learn that based on their scores, they were heading out to Rhode Island over Memorial Day weekend for the big competition.

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June 11, 2018

2018 Founders' Prize

As is customary after the Senior Project presentations, our founders Dr. Michael Block and Ms. Olga Block, review the Senior Projects across all BASIS Curriculum Schools, and in committee choose several students to earn their generous Founders' Prize. The Founders' Prize recognizes students for their efforts in several categories of Top Projects: student/faculty collaboration, greatest student initiative, original research and most inventive project. We are pleased to share that one of our BASIS Independent Silicon Valley seniors, Sergey P., is one of the recipients of this year's accolade for Top Senior Project demonstrating original research.

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June 4, 2018

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley on CBS This Morning

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley recently hosted the team from CBS This Morning - Saturday, and had the chance to explain how our academic community is just so incredible. There was no one more excited for CBS' visit to campus than our own Mr. Billy Thomas, a The Price Is Right enthusiast turned math teacher, who was thrilled to share his classroom with the team.

Upon reviewing the segment, our Head of School, Mr. Toby Walker, said "I think the CBS News team did a pretty good job of showing the kind of energy our students exhibit and our teachers produce in their classrooms. It was exciting to have them, and the story turned out great!"

Please watch on to learn about the myriad ways our students engage with our rigorous curriculum! 


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May 21, 2018

Class of 2018 College Acceptances

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 14, 2018

2018 Senior Projects: Environmental Science

The final post in our Senior Project blog series is here! On behalf of our school community: thank you for following along, engaging with our seniors’ personal blogs, and watching with us as they become scholars in their own right. The support of our community has and continues to be the bedrock to the continued success and confidence of our students.

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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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Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Silicon Valley 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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