Posts about Admissions

September 8, 2022

How to Prepare for the 2023-24 Admissions Season

Now that the 2023-24 BASIS Independent Brooklyn application is officially open, our Admissions team wanted to share some advice, gleaned over the years and over conversations with thousands of families. After all, the PreK to grade 12 school search process in New York City is unlike any other, as Director of Admissions, Sarah Ellerton knows well. After growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut, it was quite a shock to discover that while of course you have to apply to private schools, you also have to navigate an application process for public schools!

Knowing this, Ms. Ellerton wants families interested in BASIS Independent Brooklyn to know her team is there to make the process as easy-to-understand and simple as possible. “When families tell me that their experience with our application process was easy to navigate, warm, and friendly, that's when I know we've done our job,” states Director Ellerton.

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February 8, 2021

Meet Our Student Ambassadors: Middle School

The final installation of our Student Ambassador blog posts ends with a snapshot of our Middle School Student Ambassadors who are super excited to meet and welcome all of our newly admitted and prospective students. They have so much to share with you regarding their experiences at BASIS Independent Brooklyn and are super passionate to speak with more students about our amazing teachers, academic curriculum, and student life. If you missed the profiles of our High School Ambassadors, you can take a look here, but for now enjoy the profiles of our Grade 5 through 8 ambassadors.

Just to provide a recap of our Middle School Program, our students complete a rigorous schedule in all core disciplines, including three separate, concurrent science classes (physics, chemistry, and biology), economics, world language, and a course in logic. Students can choose an elective beginning in grade 6 and a world language option in grades 7 and above. The spiral of the curriculum is essential and highly apparent in these grades, particularly regarding the revisiting of concepts in the sciences in greater depth with each passing year, as students prepare for entry into Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) level coursework starting in grade 9.

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January 7, 2021

Meet Our Student Ambassadors: High School

Before our Winter Break, we shared the profiles of our Senior Student Ambassadors. We hope you were able to read more about the activities they are involved in at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, as well as their advice regarding navigating our program, community, and campuses. At our school, we have many Student Ambassadors who are passionately engaged within our community! In this next installment, we invite you to meet our Grade 9 through 11 Ambassadors in their own words.

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December 3, 2020

Meet Our Student Ambassadors: The Senior Class

Last year we unveiled our first-ever Student Ambassador Program to our school community. Our Admissions Team sought to work more closely with our current students in order to provide an authentic and immersive experience of our school, program, and community to our new families and students. And so, we opened a novel opportunity to our passionate and enthusiastic Middle School and High School students!

For the inaugural year of the Student Ambassador Program, current students applied and went through a selection process to be named a BASIS Independent Brooklyn Student Ambassador. These students have demonstrated their commitment to being an excellent student, community member, and friend. After our ambassadors were named, we placed more responsibility in their hands and made them instrumental to the Shadow Day experience. A Shadow Day provides prospective students who have submitted an application the opportunity to experience the life of a BASIS Independent Brooklyn student for a day. Students were paired with our ambassadors based on similar passions and interests and given a firsthand glimpse into our community on campus. Prospective students were introduced to their ambassador's friends, classmates, and teachers, participated in classes and experiments, and even made friends along the way! Our Ambassadors were excited to greet our new students, and bursting with pride to share what makes BASIS Independent Brooklyn an exceptional place to grow.

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September 17, 2020

What to Expect For the 2021-22 Admissions Season

Our Admissions Team would like to extend our sincerest welcome to all of the prospective families on our interest list and to those who are just starting their school search. Our application process will be different this year, as it will be at all schools, but we are excited to get to know your family over the course of the next few months as we work together through the 2021-22 admissions cycle.

Informed by worldwide best practices, our much-anticipated “welcome back to school” has looked and felt different this year. However, it has been amazing to see our youngest learners walk through our gates and be welcomed with enthusiasm and joy by our passionate, expert teachers and staff. The laughter coming from our PreK wing is contagious and rings throughout the building. We’re also pleased that the smiles have not stopped there: families during arrival and departure (and over phone and email) have expressed their happiness and appreciation, renewing our team’s energy for the upcoming admissions season!

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August 10, 2018

What to Expect this Admissions Season

Now that the 2019–20 BASIS Independent Brooklyn application is officially live, our Admissions team wanted to provide an overview of the process and our team for families. Director of Admissions Caroline Scott wants families interested in our school to know her team is there to make the process easy-to-understand and as simple as possible. “When families tell me that their experience with the BASIS Independent Brooklyn admissions process was easy to navigate, warm, and friendly, then I know we have lived up to the main goal for my team,” states Director Scott.

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February 10, 2017

What is Rolling Admissions, Anyway?


Let's cut to the chase. It is Rolling Admissions time, and with that brings some bad news and good news. Bad news first: yes, it is true that our Regular Admissions deadline has come and passed.

The good news? We have select availability in certain grades, and it's not too late to apply for fall 2018 admissions. This week officially marks the kick-off of our Rolling Admissions cycle.

We anticipate reaching our full capacity as a school across most grades from our Early Learning Program through primary school and into middle school this coming September, so Rolling Admissions will look a little different this year than it has in the past. 

Read on for some important information about what Rolling Admissions means for you and your family:

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