April 27, 2016
Lately, our communication channels have been filled with news and stories of student success from our sister campuses. We recently announced the astounding college acceptances
of our first graduating class at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley and hot off the press week of April 18th are national high school rankings from The Washington Post
and U.S. News and World Report
, both of which featured BASIS.ed schools prominently at the top. Though only in our second year here in New York City, we have so much to be proud of here at BASIS Independent Brooklyn and many student accomplishments to celebrate. We're excited to share exciting city-wide recognition of students Kristin and Kimora at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and look forward to more instances of recognition of the incredible work of our students.
Kimora (L) and Kristin surrounded by art in our Visual Arts studio
BASIS Independent Brooklyn is known for a curriculum with a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. What isn't as well-known is that fact that BASIS Independent Schools have a robust art program with daily exposure to fine arts in the primary years with a cycle of focus on fine arts, performing arts, and music. In middle school years, we offer students a daily fine arts elective that remains their focus for the entire year, allowing students to dive deeply into a specific artistic discipline of their choice. This academic year, we offer electives in visual arts, performing arts, band, guitar, and choir.
As is the case with all disciplines taught at BASIS Independent, the goal of our electives isn’t just superficial memorization or duplication; it’s true fluency and mastery, a point proven by Kristin and Kimora, current 8th graders and students in our Visual Arts elective course. We also make a point to present students with opportunities and encourage them to compete in academic and non academic competitions. Kimora and Kristin recently won the Silver Key award and an Honorable Mention, respectively, at the 2016 New York City Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, judged by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Regional winners have their work displayed in public and go on to compete nationally. Former recipients include artists Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Kay WalkingStick, and John Baldessari, and writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Maya Goldberg, and Joyce Carol Oates. Not bad company!
Kimora and her Fantastic Landscape
"Kristin's work took thousands of pen strokes..." - Ms. Warshaw
December 21, 2015
It was a whirlwind week for all of us at BASIS Independent Brooklyn in preparation for our Winter Break. What we saw this week at our school was such a strong coming-together of faculty, staff, students, and families to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of the year thus far...and to have some fun! It is safe to say that everyone - teachers, administrators, families, and students alike - was blown away by the displays of multi-faceted talent we saw from students at our Winter Arts Gala. From the beautiful self portraits in the upper school, to technically astounding a-Capella renditions of holiday classics (plus songs in Swahili, Hebrew, Mandarin, and German), to witnessing the progress of students who've never picked up an instrument before, everyone's hard work shined through. (and we have never seen more hard work than what we saw coming from our students in their attempt to beat our faulty in the faculty v. students basketball game!)