matt-brauch.jpgThis school year marks the first year of our College Counseling deparment as our early high school students start thinking about their next steps after BASIS Independent Brooklyn. We're pleased to introduce to you Mr. Brauch (pronounced "brock"), our first-ever College Counselor.

Mr. Brauch brings with him not only years of experience helping students through the college application process but also first-hand experience with elite colleges and universities.

He graduated from Harvard University with his Master’s degree in Education and received his Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College. Upon graduation from Harvard, Mr. Brauch moved to China to teach academic writing and composition at a top university. After teaching, Mr. Brauch accepted an opportunity to counsel Chinese students on their college options, working on a cross-cultural team and meeting with students from various high schools to guide them through the college application process.

In the United States, he has worked as the College Counselor at the Latin School of Chicago, and most recently, as an Academic Advisor and Assistant Director of Admissions at International Education Opportunities, an organization that helps bring and support international students as they transition to U.S. independent and Catholic high schools along the East Coast. Through his most recent position, prior to joining BASIS Independent Brooklyn, Mr. Brauch met one-on-one with various students daily to speak about their assignments and course selection. He also provided additional college counseling support to international students and expertise to independent school counselors who were unfamiliar with international students as they relate to, and are evaluated in, the college process.

Mr. Brauch was attracted to BASIS Independent Brooklyn for several reasons, namely the mantra of “Education Redefined.” He explains, “BASIS.ed is unique in that it provides an extremely rigorous academic environment for students to challenge themselves and excel past the barriers of a traditional American education. At the same time, our school also maintains and promotes a very supportive and collaborative environment in which to grow and learn.”

Mr. Brauch brings his individualized approach to BASIS Independent Brooklyn, working with students one-on-one to learn about their collegiate and post-collegiate aspirations and helping to make the college process less arduous. “I am very excited to learn about students as they develop their interests and help guide them as they take the first steps towards researching and applying for college,” he says.

Read an interview with Mr. Brauch, here.