Nearly every week our school leaders field requests from families across the country to build a school near them. Families place a high value on giving their children an innovative, well-rounded education—one that supports accelerated learning, independent thinking, creativity, and critical inquiry from the very first day. The first BASIS Independent Schools opened their doors in Brooklyn and Silicon Valley during the fall of 2014. Now our private school program is well established as offering the highest international level of learning after graduating classes of seniors in California as well as New York City and Washington D.C. metro campuses.
Today we want to share and celebrate network growth from coast to coast:
“It is critical that we have a continuity of excellence at BASIS Independent Schools,” said Toby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools. “That we hold ourselves to high standards, and that we learn from each other as school leaders and teachers across our network. The demand for our program is humbling, and we are committed to making it available to students and families.”
BASIS Independent Schools are characterized by creativity and spirit, and they are driven by best practices from the top educational systems in the world. As our private schools branch out across the U.S. and the world, one secret to maintaining excellence network-wide rests in our central Curriculum Team. These professionals work tirelessly to assess data across schools with a shared goal - to improve student outcomes deliberately, quickly, and meaningfully.
Currently BASIS Independent Schools educate students in Brooklyn, NY; Fremont, CA; McLean, VA; Manhattan, NY; and Silicon Valley, CA. A new campus will open this fall in Bellevue, WA. Our world-acclaimed curriculum taught by subject expert teachers draws families to the schools; however, a key strength that is not as well understood rests in our private school network’s ability and commitment to using data to improve continually, rather than rest on our reputation for excellence, particularly given our rapidly evolving world.
“It is critical that we have a continuity of excellence at BASIS Independent Schools,” said Toby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools. “That we hold ourselves to high standards, and that we learn from each other as school leaders and teachers across our network. The data around academic outcomes inform this approach; the collaboration among our teachers and administrators is based in large part on taking advantage of the insights our data provides. We take seriously our responsibility to act on these insights to improve our students’ experience.”
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.
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.
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.
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.