Our Admissions Team would like to extend our sincerest welcome to all of the prospective families on our interest list and to those who are just starting their school search. Our application process will be different this year, as it will be at all schools, but we are excited to get to know your family over the course of the next few months as we work together through the 2021-22 admissions cycle.

Informed by worldwide best practices, our much-anticipated “welcome back to school” has looked and felt different this year. However, it has been amazing to see our youngest learners walk through our gates and be welcomed with enthusiasm and joy by our passionate, expert teachers and staff. The laughter coming from our PreK wing is contagious and rings throughout the building. We’re also pleased that the smiles have not stopped there: families during arrival and departure (and over phone and email) have expressed their happiness and appreciation, renewing our team’s energy for the upcoming admissions season!

Now that the 2021-22 application for BASIS Independent Brooklyn is open, our Admissions Team wanted to start by highlighting who we are, what changes have come to the application process, and how we are working to welcome another exceptional cohort of students and families to grow, learn, create, and explore with our BASIS Independent Brooklyn community.

Before we delve into the inner workings of our admissions process, we promised introductions to our team. Enjoy!

Office of Admissions
Sarah Ellerton, Director of Admissions

Sarah Ellerton_bwI grew up in the New England boarding school community, and my career after college in the corporate world made me miss the comradery, community, and focus that comes when a whole school is working towards a common goal. When I visited BASIS Independent Brooklyn three years ago and met the faculty and staff, I knew that I had found a school with a mission and team that I would love to support.

As Director of Admissions, my hope is that every family who comes to visit our school has a warm, personal experience, and leaves knowing what makes BASIS Independent Brooklyn an exceptional place for their student to not only study and learn, but also to grow, build a community, and explore their passions.

My favorite days are when I get the chance to give a tour—so this year, creating our virtual tours was a labor of love. I love stepping into our classrooms: these fascinating, engaging spaces where students and teachers work together to master world languages and chemistry, and how to empathize with a friend. I always learn something new, and I enjoy sharing that experience with our applicants and their families.

I used to spend much of my time in the pool, as a former Division 3 swimmer and water polo player. Now, however, I spend my time at home cooking, knitting, and reading. I always love the chance to talk about what I’m reading now and sharing recommendations!

Nicolas Edwards, Associate Director of Admissions

nicolasedwardsAfter college, I decided to pursue a career in education, and began teaching Kindergarten at Greenwich Country Day School. While teaching, I also started exploring other facets of education and transitioned into the administrative side where I could help families navigate the school search process to find the best-fit program for their children.

I am proud to support the vibrant community here at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, as the Associate Director of Admissions. Walking through the school, I can see the enthusiasm and passion in not only our students, but also in our expert faculty. The interdisciplinary discussions and connections that take shape in every classroom clearly demonstrate BASIS Independent Brooklyn's commitment to higher learning. 

I am excited for the upcoming admissions cycle and the opportunity to meet our new families. I take such joy in our Family Meetings: from the passionate, creative responses students give, to the thoughtfulness of their parents as they consider their educational goals. I love taking the time to learn as much as I can about every family and in turn, to share what makes BASIS Independent Brooklyn exceptional.

When I am not meeting new families, I enjoy playing squash, pick-up basketball, chess, and using my arsenal of two-letter words to win in Scrabble. Despite being from the city, I am always looking to explore and visit the hidden gems of New York, particularly in Brooklyn.

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 my 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!

We’re Growing!

Before we discuss the details of the application, we have exciting news! We are expanding to the City Point Building at 138 Willoughby Street in Downtown Brooklyn. This campus will house our BASIS Independent Brooklyn Lower School, which will serve PreK through Grade 2. This new second campus will be thoughtfully designed to welcome our youngest learners and will be open in time for the Fall 2021 school year. Our Red Hook campus will transition into our Upper School campus, serving Grades 3 through 12 and focusing more closely on the physical and social-emotional needs of these older students. We are excited for this change and the continued growth of our school, facilities, academic program, and students.

Let’s Talk Admissions!

For the 2021-22 admissions season, our team will be accepting applications in two cycles. This year, our Early Admissions Cycle is only for siblings of current students. If you are a current BASIS Independent Brooklyn family, here are the dates to remember for the Early Admissions Sibling Priority Cycle, for all grades:

Application Submission Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2020
Application Completion Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2020
Acceptance Notification Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Commitment Deadline: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Our main application cycle will be our Regular Admissions Cycle. We are accepting applications across all grades. Our dates are aligned with most New York City schools to help both with organization and to ensure that your family can make a balanced, informed decision.

Here are the dates to remember for the Regular Admissions Cycle, for all grades:

Application Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Application Completion Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021
Admissions Notification Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Commitment Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021

While the application submission deadline for the Regular Admissions Cycle is later, we do recommend that once your family familiarizes yourself with our school, attends a virtual event, and decides to apply, you start our admissions process early to complete all of the components so your application is ready for review by our completion deadline.

Once you submit the online application, all appointments will take place via Zoom. Below are the necessary requirements to complete your student’s application.

  1. The Virtual Family Meeting. The Virtual Family Meeting is a chance for our team to meet your family and to ask you and your child questions. For PreK to grade 1 applicants, the Family Meeting will be parent driven, but your child is more than welcome to join in if they so choose. For applicants to older grades, the conversation will be increasingly student focused. You can download our “What to Expect at your Family Meeting” document here.
  2. Virtual Assessment. Each student will have an assessment. For PreK to grade 1, students are required to do a virtual play-based assessment. In these virtual sessions, we will work with your child one-on-one to observe their social-emotional and academic development. Grades 2 through 12 will take our Virtual Entrance Exam. The exam for these grades will focus on skills in mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and writing. You can download our “What to Expect at your Assessment” document here.
  3. Teacher Recommendations. We require teacher recommendations for every grade. This year we have developed a Teacher Recommendation Form for applicants to Pre-K through grade 1, which goes to your child’s current teacher. For Grades 2 through 12, we require two teacher recommendations: one from their current math teacher and the second from their current English teacher. While these are the only recommendations we require, if you would like to ask another teacher or specialist to add an additional narrative about your child, we encourage you to do so. We are always happy to have more information.
  4. Transcripts. For Grades 1 through 12, we require school transcripts, generally three years’ worth. We ask for grades from the 2018-19 school year, 2019-20 school year, and current year. Please let us know if your school does not provide grades.
  5. Any Additional Information. The four aforementioned steps are all mandatory requirements to complete the admissions process. However, because we will be missing that face to face interaction with families and applicants this year, we do encourage you to send over any additional information that may add further color to your child’s application. If your child plays an instrument, or participates in debate tournaments, or has an art portfolio, you are welcome to submit videos, photos, or emails to be added to their application. We are excited to know each and every family and take pride in knowing our curious, engaged applicants personally and holistically by the end of the application process!

Where to Begin?

While this covers the deadlines and logistics for our two admissions cycles, it bears repeating that all of our admissions events and application events will be virtual this year. One of our favorite parts of the admissions process is taking you and your family through our halls, stepping into classrooms, and meeting you face to face, but to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and your family, outside visitors are not allowed on campus this year. However, we have planned an engaging variety of informational sessions and virtual tours to ensure that this years’ admissions process is as informative and exciting as possible.

These are some steps and recommendations that we recommend:

  1. Join our interest list. By joining our interest list, you will receive email reminders about deadlines, updates about upcoming events, and hear about exciting BASIS Independent Brooklyn news, like construction developments on our new campus!
    Join our Interest List
  2. Attend a virtual information session or watch our virtual tour. Even though this is an optional step, it is strongly recommended, as these virtual events will provide you with essential information regarding our curriculum and school community.
    • Saturday, October 3, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM – Open House: Register Now
    • Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 PM – Information Session: Register Now
    • Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM – Information Session
    • Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 PM – Information Session
    • Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 PM – Teacher Panel
    • Virtual Tours

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  1. Submit your online application. If you believe that BASIS Independent Brooklyn is the right fit for your family, we encourage you to submit your online application as soon as possible. Completing this preliminary step will grant you access to scheduling the other application events that are a part of our admissions process.

Apply Now!


Referral Program

We know that many families have found our school through word of mouth, and we love that our current BASIS Independent Brooklyn families are proud and engaged supporters of our community. Our referral program is intended thank those families who do so much to help grow BASIS Independent Brooklyn and share their experiences with their friends and colleagues.

You can read more about the Referral Program here.


  • If you have any questions or would like to have a quick chat with us, our line is always open. We are looking forward to an exciting year and the many wonderful families we will meet throughout this engaging and thrilling process. “See” you soon!