We have no shortage of talented students here at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Today we’d like you to meet twins Amith V. and Rohit V. They are our resident “Bee Boys”—masters of spelling bees and geography bees, respectively. Amith is a semifinalist in the CBS Bay Area Scripps Spelling Bee Regional Championship Finals held in San Francisco, and Rohit is a semifinalist in the National Geographic Bee held in Fresno.
The boys were even featured in the Almaden Times—read their feature here!
We wanted to hear more about their favorite pastimes, as well as what drew them into competing in the first place, so we asked Amith and Rohit some questions to find out what drives them to constantly better their skills and participate in these challenging competitions:
We are incredibly proud of the following nineteen Bobcats who have been named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. The students are:
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.
The start of the new year is certainly a time for reflection—a time to look back on how the first part of the school year has progressed and also a time for us to think and reminisce on the positive things and loving people we are lucky to have in our lives.
We’d like to take a moment out of the hustle and bustle of this time of year to recognize our students in all BASIS Independent Schools for their positive contributions to their communities and the work they’ve been doing to improve not just their knowledge in the classroom, but also their understanding of what it means to be a good citizen.
As an institution, we don’t have any requirements of student volunteering or student service, nor do we participate in parent fundraising. As a result, service in the school and in the community is an authentic expression of what is important to our individual communities.
Let’s take a look at what’s going on in our schools around the country and the pulse on student service in general:
This summer, a group of BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students worked together to donate 2,000 pounds (literally, a ton) of school supplies to low income students in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District.
Sasha I. is one of our grade 7 students! She knew another student who attended BASIS Independent Silicon Valley and that the parents were especially impressed. Taking initiative, Sasha spoke to her own parents and they attended an Open House to get to know more about the program. As she was not being challenged at her previous school, Sasha and her parents made the decision to join our learning community—she was excited about the prospect of learning new things right away. They discussed how it would be more work for her and for them as a family, but she was absolutely up for the challenge!
The following piece is by Mr. Tom Bojko, Senior College Counselor at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.
On October 24, 2017, the USA Table Tennis Organization (USATT) announced the creation of the first ever Youth Ambassador Council, a prestigious group of six students selected by USATT CEO himself, Gordon Kaye. Leading this group is none other than our very own Stephanie Chen, a 10th grader at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.
The Speech and Debate students at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley made their school and TheGolden State Academy proud this year with their strong performances at the John Schamber Invitational, a respected and recognized competition at the University of the Pacific, which has been taking place for over twenty years.
Parent FAQ Series: "I have the option to apply this year for grade 5, or next year for grade 6. What is the benefit of applying for grade 5?" We've had many parents ask this question when they attend our admissions events, and we are excited to explore the answer in depth!
The transitional years in middle school, set between foundational learning in elementary school and subject mastery in high school, can sometimes be seen as the lost years of education. However, these are the years where independence truly develops and where students can prepare for future academic settings.
At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, our Middle School Program begins in grade 5. There are distinct advantages to transitioning your child directly into grade 5 versus waiting until a later grade, and those students who join us earlier often see tremendous success in our middle and high school programs. Because the intermediate years of middle school are critical, beginning as soon as possible is essential for a comfortable and easy transition.
Below are five benefits of starting your child in grade 5 versus higher grades:
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.