Congratulations to “Rainbow,” the student team from BASIS Independent Fremont, on winning the inaugural “BINS Means Business” competition. This is a startup pitch contest that any high school student or student team from each of our BASIS Independent Schools (BINS) can enter. The contestants competed locally at each of their schools presenting a business idea following the Y Combinator pitch deck format. Then the school winners advanced to the finals which were held February 25th over Zoom. The five finalists split $10,000, with $5,000 and $2,000 awarded to the winner and runner up, to allocate to a charity of their choice. This year’s theme was “sustainability” and students participated from BASIS Independent Brooklyn, Fremont, Manhattan, McLean, and Silicon Valley.
Angela Z. and Lauren W. both students in BASIS Independent Fremont’s Class of 2026 presented their innovative idea for an environmentally friendly and biodegradable smart umbrella – the Parapluie. All of the judges were impressed by the sophistication of their presentation as well as the great potential for their product. “I’m ready to order mine right away,” commented one judge!
This past weekend our students took first place as overall Best School in our division in the local grade 5 Math Is Cool competition!
The Math Is Cool competition is comprised of testing a variety of math skills including mental math, individual and team tests, team multiple choice, triple jump, and college bowl. Individual awards are determined by both mental math and individual test scores for each student while the school score is calculated using the highest score amongst all of the school's team scores in each event.
Our summer programs are open to the public and offer a great opportunity to become familiar with our campus, teachers, and current students! Whether it be sports, academics, or specialty camps – there is something for you!
Camp programs are open to students in Grades 1 – 8 and run from Tuesday, June 20 – Friday, August 18. View the Summer Catalog for specific dates and additional details.
Review two of our camp programs happening this summer:
Our Mountaineers in Grades 6 - 7 hosted a concession stand this past week to raise funds for earthquake relief efforts in Turkey and Syria.
Thanks to the generosity of our Mountaineer families and students, our community raised $3,000. A special thank you to English Subject Expert Teacher, Ms. Marlow, for coordinating this event and demonstrating the importance of empathy to her students.
Ms. Marlow joined BASIS Independent Bellevue after living and teaching in Turkey for eight years. Most recently, she taught at an International Baccalaureate high school in Istanbul. Upon hearing about the earthquake, she reached out to her friends in Turkey on how to help.
Visual Arts Subject Expert Teacher, Mr. Narmita, launched the popular Inktober challenge this school year for his Grades 5 - 7 art students.
To celebrate the completion of the challenge our Mountaineer students participated this past week in an exclusive Inktober 31 Day club induction ceremony. Members received a certificate, poster, and pin. Altogether 34 students completed this challenge. Congratulations Mountaineers!
Inktober drawings from BASIS Independent Bellevue students.
Inktober is a 31 day drawing challenge that takes place during the month of October. Artists from around the world participate in this fun and active challenge, which was created by Jake Parker. During Inktober, students are provided a different word each day to prompt one ink drawing. Participants have the option to use black ink, pen, or marker. Words used this Inktober included farm, gargoyle, and scurry.
This past weekend our students represented our school at two competitions, Buzz Bowl and MATHCOUNTS.
The Buzz Bowl is a local science competition and attracted 50 teams this year. Our team, made up of Grade 6 students including Alan Z., Richard Z., and Tianle Z., won eight games straight and took home first place in the Grade 5 - 6 division!
The BASIS Independent Bellevue Science Bowl Club just won the regional championship at the 2023 Middle School Regional Science Bowl!
Congratulations to all of our Mountaineer participants and winning students. Science Bowl is a competition that tests students’ knowledge and skills in various scientific subjects. In the true representation of our school values, P.A.C.E., our students worked hard and came out on top!
The Science Bowl was hosted at the University of Portland last weekend. Middle school students from across the Pacific Northwest including Oregon and Washington State participated.
When you step into a BASIS Independent Bellevue classroom, you know you are somewhere different. There is an energy in the classroom with students eager to learn and Subject Expert Teachers who are excited to teach students to love their discipline as much as they do.
BASIS Independent Bellevue opened fall 2022, and the sixth campus to open in the BASIS Independent Schools network. As a school new to the area, many families are curious about the classroom dynamic and teacher difference. We recently sat down with Mr. Tyler, a History Subject Expert Teacher, to articulate the classroom and teacher difference for families, and bring to life our learning community. From their teaching strategies to their personal insights, our teachers have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.
This school year, Mr. Tyler teaches middle school world history and Grade 4 history. He is new to the BASIS Independent Schools family and offers a fresh perspective on how he and his peers ignite the fire, soul, and mind of their students.
We are excited for you to meet Kunqi, a Grade 7 student at BASIS Independent Bellevue! Kunqi joined us from a local public school this school year. He heard about our school from his friends and was excited to join our founding year. Kunqi is also a member of our first graduating class, the class of 2028!
Join us to learn more about the student experience as Kunqi takes us through his school day on a Wednesday.
Our Mountaineers had an impressive showing at the Seattle University Speech and Debate Tournament hosted in November.
Five of our very own BASIS Independent Bellevue students participated and did exceptionally well.
Congratulations to Grade 6 students Howard H., Peggy L., Sophia T., and Alexander Y. and Grade 5 student, Mia, L., on their achievements at the tournament.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Bellevue is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.