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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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April 18, 2018

2018 Senior Projects: Social Sciences

Today, in our third post covering this year’s Senior Projects, we have perhaps the most diverse group of project topics and subsequent research-all falling under the umbrella of social sciences. This selection of BISV projects covers a large swath of subjects, including politics, history, anthropology, sociology, social classes and divisions, and more. Amidst the diversity emerges a common concept: researching topics and ideas that have the potential to powerfully impact the world around us or change how we view it. 

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April 2, 2018

2018 Senior Projects: Economics 

It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our seniors’ projects, grouped by topic. Throughout the journey of their project, students work with experts in various fields and disciplines, coordinate with and rely on the mentorship of their internal advisor, and maintain personal blogs that document their findings.

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March 26, 2018

2018 Senior Projects at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley 

It is with optimism and pride that we support our seniors as they complete their final trimester as BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. Now past the huge milestone of applying to college, our 67 seniors have so much of their education behind them, but are, in many senses, faced with one of the biggest growth experiences in their education to date: the Senior Project.

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March 10, 2018

Meet the Bee Boys! 

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:

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February 9, 2018

BASIS Curriculum Schools News Roundup

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.

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January 3, 2018

A Look at Student Service at BASIS Independent Schools Across the Country

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:

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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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