This year, more than 180 students experienced our inaugural summer program in Brooklyn, BASIS Independent Summer. Our 7 week program featured academic preparation in math and English; STEM: robotics, Minecraft, engineering and science exploration; foreign language immersion; and our very popular Traditional Day Camp. Keep reading to learn about highlights from select programs.

Traditional Day Camp

By far our most popular offering, this grades K-4 program had over 50 individual participants
during its 7 week schedule. Created by BASIS Independent Brooklyn Dean of Students Ms. Pugh, participants learned about the solar system and earth science for 3 weeks; New York City culture for 2 weeks; and all about our oceans and marine life for 2 weeks. These 2-3 week themes featured fun and exciting field trips. Here is a sample of where our campers’ visited:

  • The Prospect Park Zoo
  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • The New York City Transit Museum
  • New York Aquarium



This summer in Brooklyn students experienced a variety of fun STEM offerings. Co-taught by Steve D’Amato and Renee Thorne, Minecraft gave students the chance to build and explore their own virtual worlds. In the process these students learned about design, computer IMG_0183-347253-edited.jpgprogramming and virtual reality.

Julie Cameron, a superstar teacher at BASIS Phoenix Central, visited us to lead the Lego
course. This was a great opportunity for students in grades 1-9 to learn how to build, program and operate their own device. At the end of the program the students held a robotics competition and several parents were in attendance. Ms. Cameron is already excited about coming back next summer!

Foreign Language Immersion

IMG_0214.jpgThis summer we offered Spanish and Mandarin Immersion courses. Grades K-4 students had the chance to spend 3 weeks learning Mandarin with native instructors. Open to both experienced and novice learners, our Mandarin students developed their skills by using art, music, singing, theatre and field trips to immerse themselves in the language.

Our 1 week Spanish program gave students in grades 4-9 a chance to get a taste of Spanish through food, cultural tours and musical performances. Our students learned Flamenco dancing, how to make amazing guacamole, and experienced an eye-opening field trip to the El Museo Del Barrio Cultural Center in Manhattan.

Academic Preparation

In addition to our summer enrichment programs, BASIS Independent Brooklyn also offered students a chance to build and enhance their math and English skills. Developed and taught exclusively by our BASIS Independent Brooklyn teachers, these two programs were a great way to prepare a new student to meet our academic standards, while also giving current students a chance to enhance their skills over the summer. These programs proved popular with both new and current families that we had to offer additional sessions in August to meet the demand.

Summer 2017

Stayed tuned for announcements on the 2017 summer program. In the fall, you will be asked to fill out a survey so our team can learn about what you would like to experience next summer. In the meantime, be sure to sign up for our interest list!