Now that the 2019–20 BASIS Independent Brooklyn application is officially live, our Admissions team wanted to provide an overview of the process and our team for families. Director of Admissions Caroline Scott wants families interested in our school to know her team is there to make the process easy-to-understand and as simple as possible. “When families tell me that their experience with the BASIS Independent Brooklyn admissions process was easy to navigate, warm, and friendly, then I know we have lived up to the main goal for my team,” states Director Scott.

Our Admissions team would like give an earnest welcome to all of the new families on our interest list and to those visiting our website and blog as they do their school research. No amount of reading or research can quite replace actually visiting our campus to get a feel for our unparalleled learning culture, so we host many events to allow families opportunities to see our school in action.

Our team is familiar with the questions asked every year about our admissions process. The best way to stay on top of deadlines, events, and information about BASIS Independent Brooklyn (like when the new U.S. News and World Report top schools lists are announced) is to join our interest list.

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In this blog post, you’ll find information on the two admissions cycles for the 2019–20 school year, introductions from our team, and a list of upcoming events. 

2019–20 Admissions

For the 2019–20 admissions season, our team will be accepting applications in two admissions cycles: Early Admissions and Regular Admissions. Applications for both cycles are now open, and the requirements for both cycles are the same. The main differences are the application deadlines and notification timing.

There are a number of reasons why we encourage families to apply in Early Admissions (more seat availability, having your plan for fall 2019 in place before January, more opportunities for your child(ren) to begin participating in their new school community after they’ve enrolled), but how do you decide which cycle best suits your needs?

If you are certain that BASIS Independent Brooklyn is the right fit for your family and aligns with your own educational goals, then we strongly encourage you to apply in our Early Admissions Cycle. You will have access to the highest seat availability, you will be able to lock in your school for the fall before the winter break, and you will be able to start engaging with our community in the spring to help alleviate any new-school concerns your student(s) might have!

These are the dates to remember for Early Admissions, for all grades:

Application Submission Deadline: Friday, November 9, 2018
Application Completion Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018
Acceptance Notification Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
Commitment Deadline: Thursday, December 20, 2018


If you are considering additional school options in New York City, then we recommend applying in our Regular Admissions Cycle. This year, after receiving feedback from prospective families, we have decided to split our Regular Admissions Cycle by grade band. Our notification and commitment deadlines will better align with many other schools so you can make a well-informed decision when the time comes. 

These are the dates to remember for Regular Admissions, by grade:

PreK–Grade 4

Application Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Application Completion Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019
Acceptance Notification Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Commitment Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019

Grades 5–12

Application Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Application Completion Deadline: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Acceptance Notification Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Commitment Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019

Regardless of the cycle you choose, we do have a few other recommendations:

    1. Join our interest list. By opting into our interest list, you’ll receive email reminders about deadlines, notifications about events, and stay abreast of BASIS Independent Brooklyn news.

    2. Submit your online application. Completing this first step promptly means you’ll have far more options when it comes to scheduling your Family Meeting and assessment appointments and more time to gather your supporting materials (Teacher Recommendations and Transcripts). Waiting to submit the online application means you’ll have fewer dates available that work for your schedule.

    3. Attend a tour and Information Session. It’s an optional step in the admissions process, but we highly recommend visiting our campus for a least one tour and/or one other event (e.g., an Information Session or an Open House). If you can fit it in your schedule, we do recommend doing both. A tour gives you a completely unique view into how our school operates, as you’ll step into live classrooms and observe teachers and students in action. An event like an Information Session or Open House will deliver a top-to-bottom curriculum presentation with opportunities to hear from and speak with faculty and administration.

Director of Admissions, Caroline Scott

Scott_Caroline_0054-BW-455x455I graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in child & adolescent mental health studies.

I have had nearly a decade of experience helping NYC area families make informed educational decisions. Prior to joining the BASIS Independent team, I oversaw the NYC private-tutoring market at The Princeton Review and acted as a college admissions consultant for high school students at Sentia Education.

As Director of Admissions, my goals are to make the admissions process as stress-free as possible, gain insight into each applicant’s unique personality, and to educate families on the many reasons why the BASIS Independent Brooklyn community and curriculum are so fantastic. I am thrilled to have helped almost triple the Brooklyn campus’s enrollment and I love working with such a fabulous, diverse, and warm set of educators and families.

As a current resident of Prospect Heights, I can often be found taking my two dogs to Prospect Park, reading a book, checking out a new yoga studio, and endeavoring to find the best ramen in all of New York (so far, it’s Chuko!).

Associate Director of Admissions, Sarah Ellerton

Sarah-640x640I graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in chemistry. I spent much of my time at Macalester in the pool, where I was a captain of the water polo and swim teams.

I grew up in the New England private school community, and working in the corporate world made me miss the comradery and focus that came with a whole school working towards a common goal. When I visited BASIS Independent Brooklyn and met the faculty and staff working here, I knew that I had found a community with a mission and team that I would love to support.

What I love most about working in Admissions is the opportunity to introduce new families to our amazing curriculum, faculty, and facilities. I find myself telling people about our grade 7 logic course and the intentionality behind our language curriculum on the weekends. On tours and in family meetings, I enjoy the chance to get families as excited about BASIS Independent Brooklyn as I am!

When I’m not on campus, I spend most of my time baking, knitting, and reading. I love Harry Potter in all its iterations (we have a poster of Sirius Black in our office), and always love the chance to talk about what I’m reading now and sharing recommendations.

Linda Smith, Admissions Coordinator and Parent, Class of 2029

linda-455x455-1I was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Brooklyn.  After graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in information systems, I moved to New Jersey to work as an analyst at AT&T. I soon returned to New York to work in finance and technology, beginning as a program analyst at Salomon Brothers. After experience at several major securities firms and traveling abroad to support clients in Europe and Asia, I settled at Bear Stearns as an Executive Director in equities and derivatives technology.

After almost 20 years in the industry, I decided to switch gears and devote more time to family life. When my son was approaching elementary school age I experienced firsthand the daunting process of touring schools, from private to public, and trying to find one that was the right fit for our family. I was very excited after reading an article in the paper about the network of BASIS Curriculum Schools, hearing about BASIS Independent Brooklyn, and attending their informational events. My husband and I had discovered a school that has a unique, academically rich program with passionate teachers!

I am thrilled to have found a school community where both families and faculty share a common goal of teaching our children the passion to learn. My son comes home every day with a wealth of new knowledge and is excited to share his day. I wanted to be part of a school that is committed to helping each student reach their potential. I am eager to share my experiences and perspective as a parent with families considering the school.

My family now resides in Boerum Hill. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring the neighborhood, attending baseball games, and being an occasional tourist in the city I love and grew up in!

Admissions Events for the Fall

Tours run on weekday mornings, starting in mid-September. Join the interest list to be notified when registration opens for tours and other upcoming admissions events, listed below! 

Thursday, August 30, 5:30 PM – Information Session
Saturday, September 22, 10:00 AM – Information Session
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 PM – Information Session
Saturday, October 20, 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM – Open House
Saturday, November 3, 10:00 AM – Information Session
Saturday, November 17, 10:00 AM – Information Session
Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 PM – Information Session
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 PM – Information Session

We look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event! If you have any questions, our admissions team would be very happy to help answer them.