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November 22, 2022

Spirit of Giving Spreads Through the Mountaineer Community

In our inaugural school year at BASIS Independent Bellevue, there are incredible opportunities to build traditions that shape the culture of our community.

To celebrate the theme of giving this month, we kicked off our first community-wide food drive. The goal of the food drive was to collect 1,000 items for Renewal Food Bank, which is located in Bellevue.

“We are new to the neighborhood and wanted to establish relationships with community members,” said Ms. Temple, Director of Academic Programs. “Our goal was to show that we can unite our school community to make a positive contribution.”

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November 16, 2022

Red Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrating Grand Opening of BASIS Independent Bellevue

We recently celebrated the grand opening of BASIS Independent Bellevue through an official ribbon cutting ceremony! Joining this celebration included the Spring Education Group leadership team, BASIS Independent Schools leadership, the BASIS Independent Bellevue administrative team, and our students, faculty, and staff.

BASIS Independent Bellevue, a private school, opened with Grades 2 - 7 in August of this year. Over the next several years, our campus will grow into a middle and high school, and expand through Grade 12.

The celebration included a musical performance from our Band and Orchestra students, led by Subject Expert Teacher, Mr. Escobar. Guests were treated to a passionate welcome from our Grade 2 students as guests entered our MPR. Mr. Toby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools, and Mrs. Elizabeth Thies, Head of School of BASIS Independent Bellevue shared this milestone through speeches regarding the journey to open our newest school in the BASIS Independent Schools network.

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October 24, 2022

Admissions FAQ: What to Expect on our Entrance Exam for Fall 2023

Thank you for your interest in BASIS Independent Bellevue! We are now accepting applications for Grades 3 - 8 for the 2023 - 24 school year. We will expand a grade level each school year as we grow into a full middle and high school offering. Our High School Program will open fall 2024 with limited seats.

We are excited to know that you are wanting to participate in an internationally benchmarked program where our teachers ignite passion in the mind, heart, and soul of every student. When students love to learn, they excel!

All applicants are required to take the BASIS Independent Schools Entrance Exam. This examination is created, administered, and proctored by BASIS Independent Schools. It is just one requirement of a student's application, which includes a Family Meeting, transcripts, and math and English Teacher Recommendation Letters. 

Listed below, are frequently asked questions about our Admissions Entrance Exam.

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October 11, 2022

Fall Open House: The November Event to Remember

Join us at our In-Person Fall Open House on Saturday, November 5!

Attending an Open House is the best way for prospective families to discover our Primary (Grades 3 - 4) and Middle School Program (Grades 5 - 8), Subject Expert Teachers, classroom difference, learn about our advanced liberal arts and sciences curriculum, tour our campus, and meet current Mountaineer Students! Our school will expand through Grade 12 over the next several years.

In-Person Fall Open House Details:
Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn more and Register for our Virtual Open House >>

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September 26, 2022

BASIS Independent Schools Scores Top National Rankings by Niche!

The 2023 Niche school rankings are in and BASIS Independent Schools has remained a rankings powerhouse! The BASIS Independent Schools network now comprises six campuses—three of which have graduating classes—in locations across New York, Northern Virginia, the Bay Area, and the greater Seattle area. We are thrilled that campuses across our network continue to achieve such impressive national recognition year after year. 

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September 6, 2022

Meet the Administration: Director of Student Affairs, Ms. Anne Stienessen

Stienessen, Anne cro[pWe are excited to announce our Director of Students Affairs (DSA)! Ms. Anne Stienessen will be joining as the DSA and a key member of the school administration team.

Ms. Stienessen has years of experience in and out of the classroom.

“I look forward to giving the support students need to be successful in this program,” says Ms. Stienessen. “What I enjoy most is uniting together students, our educators, and parents to build a community where student success is the primary focus.”

We sat down with Ms. Stienessen for a Q&A to introduce her to our community. Get to know her better below!

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August 18, 2022

In the News: Women in STEM Edition

BASIS Independent Fremont's rising junior Heeya D. made a guest appearance on the TODAY SHOW this week during a segment where the Princeton Review's Rob Franek discussed college admissions and Advanced Placement Exams with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush. 

The development capped off a year where we saw some amazing accomplishments from students, particularly women in STEM, celebrated by local news. We wanted to share some select news reports and segments featuring students from across our campuses in California, New York, and Virginia.

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August 11, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Mr. Bryan Taylor, Math and Science SET

Taylor, BryanAfter much anticipation, we are proud to announce Mr. Bryan Taylor will be joining us as our Math and Science Subject Expert Teacher (SET) for grades 2 and 3. In these grades, students will travel as a cohort to each course led by a different SET, one of which will be Math and Science.

Mr. Taylor brings a unique and comprehensive background for his subjects to the classroom and he is eager to bring them to life for his students.

Read more of our intriguing conversation with Mr. Taylor in the Q&A below!

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August 1, 2022

The Admissions Process: Apply for the 2023-24 School Year

We are excited that BASIS Independent Bellevue officially opens this month on August, 24! While our school opens this month, we also begin to accept applications for the next school year, 2023-24, for grades 3 - 8.

At BASIS Independent Bellevue, we seek applicants who have an interest in learning at an international level, a desire to make a contribution, a willingness to work hard, and an ambition to join a collaborative, supportive, and joyful community of peers and Subject Expert Teachers. Be ready to participate in a culture where academics are encouraged, learning is celebrated, and students have fun! In order to both ensure student success and manage the popularity of our program, admissions is a selective process.

We are excited to know you are considering BASIS Independent Bellevue for the 2023-24 school year! Over the years our school will continue to grow into a middle school through high school, ultimately offering grades 5 - 12.

When applying, each family will work with members of the Admissions Team, whose role is to welcome new families to our program and educate them on the benefits of a BASIS Independent Bellevue education. They are your guides through the application and admissions process. 

The 2023–24 Application is Now Open!
We are now accepting applications in our Regular Admissions Application Cycle for grades 3 - 8! Read on to learn more.

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July 21, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Mr. Jonathan Narmita, Visual Arts SET

Namita, Jonathan 2-1We are excited to introduce our Visual Arts Subject Expert Teacher (SET), Mr. Jonathan Narmita!

Mr. Narmita will be the Visual Arts SET for grades 2 - 7. He developed a passion for arts from an early age, drawing comic books as a youth and growing into a classically trained educator. From developing brand identities for companies in New York to building the visual arts program at his previous school, Mr. Narmita has extensive experience in the arts and looks forward to elevating the creativity and inspiration of his students as they enter the art classroom.

We connected with Mr. Narmita for a Q&A to get to know him and his vision for the classroom.

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