August 11, 2017
We are proud to announce Ms. Lauren Fisher recently joined our BASIS Independent Brooklyn team as Dean of Students for Grades 5–7. Ms. Fisher brings a wealth of experience to this new role supporting student academic and social-emotional growth at our growing middle school.
After attending our network-wide training in Arizona in July, Ms. Fisher had a chance to settle into her new office and meet up with our communications team. We had the chance to ask her some questions, so our families could get to know her better.
May 25, 2016
It feels good to be recognized for your hard work, doesn't it?
It is no secret that our students and teachers work so incredibly hard over the course of the school year. As such, it has been a delight to share with our readers more than a few instances of our students receiving impressive validation for their work from people and organizations outside of BASIS Independent. We're so excited to share this news with you that we'll cut to the chase:
Our students demonstrated exceptional performance on this year's National Latin Exam and National Spanish Exam! These exams test knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and culture through listening and reading comprehension and are taken by middle and high school students across the Anglophone world.
NATIONAL LATIN EXAM
- Four of our middle school Latin students received perfect scores on the Intro Latin exam, putting them in the top 2% of over 140,000 test-takers.
- 28% of test-takers received ribbons denoting their placement in the 90th percentile or above.
- 100% of our Latin I exam test-takers received medals, including two gold medals, awarded to students scoring 90% and above.
- BASIS Independent Brooklyn had the most perfect scores of any other school in Brooklyn!
May 23, 2016
Alex Chen is a bona fide language enthusiast! Prior to joining our teaching staff he taught Mandarin at PS 9 and PS 166, and worked with QTalk Publishing to develop the QTalk method being used worldwide to teach many languages, including in BASIS Independent Brooklyn classrooms.
Having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering from Shanghai University in China in 2009, he went on to earn a Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering with a full scholarship from the same university in 2012.
Between undergraduate and graduate study, Mr. Chen volunteered for one year in Tibet, teaching Mandarin and math, organizing cultural events, and administering community surveys. "The volunteering experience made me realize that I receive great joy from helping others and being an educator. And I have always been passionate about learning languages.
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