In a global economy, in an environment that is hyperconnected to a substantial amount of information and knowledge sharing, students need to be prepared with the skills to actively participate, not spectate. When students are participants, they can synthesize large amounts of information to make significant contributions for themselves and for those around them.
For these reasons and more, BASIS Independent Schools adheres to a simple and powerful mission - to educate students to the highest international levels. We benchmark our program to the best education systems in the world and in the process, have developed a global best practices approach to education from toddlers to grade 12.
How do we measure the outcomes of our mission? We look to the gold standard, the OECD and PISA.
The 2018–2019 results are in! We have crunched the numbers and, once again, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students are outperforming the top countries and regions in the world. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) developed the OECD Test for Schools based on their renowned Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). BASIS Independent students also outscored BASIS Charter School students in each category of the OECD assessment, which tests critical-thinking and the application of knowledge, not rote memorization.
Congratulations to students at our sister school!
Following is more information regarding the OECD test and our results. Next year our Brooklyn campus will have enough 15-year-old students to sit for the OECD test, and we look forward to sharing results across campuses.
Dear BASIS Independent Brooklyn Families,
I write to celebrate a wonderful year of growth marked by exceptional achievement in our community, and I trust you have already celebrated individual progress with your children.
The summer hiatus is when I like to take a moment to reflect on all that has happened in our community. This past year I have seen the emergence of awareness amongst our students—not just locally but also globally. As a school, we strongly believe in nurturing both perspectives.
BASIS Independent Brooklyn hosted a panel discussion in mid-January about the crucial role that global benchmarking plays in ensuring that striving students have a skill set that is sufficiently broad, and specifically suited to 21st century technological advances and rapid globalization.
On the surface, the mission of BASIS Independent Schools is pretty simple. Ask any of us to repeat it, and like members of any mission-driven organization, we will enthusiastically share that “our mission is to raise the standards of our students’ learning to the highest international levels.” But what exactly does it mean to offer a program that raises the standards of learning to the highest international levels? What does global readiness look like?
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Brooklyn is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.