Our learning community at BASIS Independent Brooklyn is alive and thriving – and Crain’s New York has taken note. As noted in a recent article, “Families are moving in from far and wide to get their kids into the new –and challenging–BASIS Independent.”
One of the most surprising (and delightful) aspects of building our school community here in Brooklyn was the fact that, just like BASIS Independent, so many of our enrolled families are also new to Brooklyn. Early in our enrollment season, we noticed an intriguing trend: when searchin for a private school, many families were so enticed by the prospect of a BASIS education that they were willing to plant themselves in Brooklyn, whether in Red Hook or nearby neighborhoods.
So, what is it about our program that has families flocking? “BASIS is hot," said Emily Glickman, president of Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, which coaches families on getting their children into top New York schools. "Its emphasis on STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] is in line with parental desires today," writes Souccar in the Crain’s New York article that hit newsstands on October 22nd. She adds, “A prime example of the difference in the BASIS curriculum—and something that has grabbed a number of new families—is its approach to science. Unlike most American schools, which offer rudimentary science in middle school, BASIS Independent directs students to take separate courses in biology, physics and chemistry starting in 5th grade, as do many schools in Europe and Asia.”