This week is sure to be a week of huge news for BASIS.ed as annual high school rankings are released. First up is The Washington Post, released on Sunday. In an incredible validation of the power of our academic program and our students' achievements, every BASIS.ed managed school eligible for the Post's rankings made it on the list! Read the press release below and join us in congratulating our sister schools:
This year marks an important milestone for us: the class of 2016 is the first graduating class from BASIS Independent Schools at our campus in Silicon Valley. As we share in their joy and celebrate their college admissions, we find ourselves reflecting on how our educational model and culture set students up to continue on to pursue whatever it is they want to pursue after they cross our graduation stage. How it is that we instill in our students the notion that there is no upper limit on what they can achieve. Inspired by Jay Mathew's article in the Washington Post this week about issues in certain districts posed by the delay of teaching algebra until high school, which references BASIS Independent Schools as a private school not participating in this practice, Mark Reford shares his thoughts on how BASIS.ed puts student learning first - taking an evidence-based, often optimized approach to our education formula. He writes:
Writing in The Washington Post on April 10, 2016, the veteran education journalist and columnist Jay Mathews recently reported on the distinctly confusing roll out of The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics in California, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He focused on one of the crucial elements in the new standards: the delay in the teaching of Algebra until high school. Trying to understand why this might be a good idea, he found explanations that were at best, “inscrutable” on district websites, and then heard Richard Carranza, Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, tell a group of parents concerned about Common Core that in essence, they should trust the experts. And…that Common Core is “the Good Housekeeping seal of approval of our teachers.”
On April 20, 2015, the BASIS.ed network celebrated what we consider to be one of the most salient validations of our academic programs we’ve been honored with as a community to date: The Washington Post’s 2015 Ranking of America’s Most Challenging High Schools featured BASIS.ed schools prominently at the top:
Since opening their first program nearly two decades ago, BASIS charter schools continue to top the national and international rankings of some of the industry’s most reliable sources. College ranking website Niche has just ranked BASIS Scottsdale number six out of fifty schools nation-wide for high SAT scores and enrollment in advanced level academic courses. Recently, BASIS Scottsdale garnered yet another accomplishment to add to its list of accolades: student Anvita Gupta won the Third Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good at the Intel Science Talent Search at the White House last month.
The BASIS Scottsdale 17 year old was one of forty national finalists competing for $1 million in awards in the nation’s oldest and most-respected pre-college science and math competition.
During Prospective Parent Information Sessions, we are often confronted with a variety of questions that range from the more operational “easy to answer” questions like class size to those philosophical questions that give us pause, that stick in the back of our minds long after we’ve said goodbye to the last lingering few guests.
Do you know a student who is interested in being a part of the trailblazing first graduating class of BASIS Independent Brooklyn?
All of us at BASIS Independent Brooklyn are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for merit scholars to join our inaugural 9th grade class, the BASIS Independent Brooklyn Class of 2019!
This is an incredible opportunity for select students to be part of an intellectually rich learning community that graduates students who are, on average, ahead of U.S. peers by three years in math and reading and four years in science.
Honored in the category of "New & Noteworthy Schools," BASIS Independent Brooklyn is proud to accept a 2014 Blackboard Award, a prestigious recognition of excellence of local schools and principals.
How do families learn about the best schools in New York City? Now in its 12th year, the Blackboard Awards celebrate excellence in education in the city, in all educational sectors (public, private schools, charter, and parochial schools) and in all grade levels, from nursery through high school. The honorees have been nominated by parents and educators, as well the board of educational advisers at Manhattan Media.
On December 9, 2014, a group of our teachers, students, parents, and administrators from BASIS Independent Brooklyn will attend a special ceremony to accept the well-deserved, coveted award.
Reflecting on the feeling of overnight growth and success of the program here in Brooklyn Founding Head of School, Mrs. Rosalind Thompson largely credits the talents of the school's faculty. “One of the things that I am most proud of is indeed our faculty. They are diverse in culture, background and experience - yet share such a passion for their students. They have come together as a high-performing team, helping each other, discussing possibilities to the great benefit of the students.”
Our learning community at BASIS Independent Brooklyn is alive and thriving – and Crain’s New York has taken note. As noted in a recent article, “Families are moving in from far and wide to get their kids into the new –and challenging–BASIS Independent.”
One of the most surprising (and delightful) aspects of building our school community here in Brooklyn was the fact that, just like BASIS Independent, so many of our enrolled families are also new to Brooklyn. Early in our enrollment season, we noticed an intriguing trend: when searchin for a private school, many families were so enticed by the prospect of a BASIS education that they were willing to plant themselves in Brooklyn, whether in Red Hook or nearby neighborhoods.
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.