What does it take to build life-long skills of self-advocacy and independence?
At BASIS Independent Schools, our educational philosophy is centered around student autonomy and self-advocacy. We want to empower our students when they come to school each day; to do so, we believe students need to learn to exercise their autonomy, which allows them to take greater control of their education.
There’s been a lot of buzz in the news recently about student performance on the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). While PISA results are informative from a data standpoint, there is not much information about how these exams lead to nationwide or global improvement in the classroom. At BASIS Independent Schools, we are excited to explore the implications of our results.
“My teachers care about what I learn. The teachers here treat us like we’re more independent. . . I like being treated like an independent person.” –Harini, grade 6, BASIS Independent Fremont
BASIS Independent Schools raises the standards of student learning to the highest international levels through our advanced, globally benchmarked curriculum. However, our schools are only able to achieve such incredible outcomes thanks to our passionate expert teachers—not just because they teach with expertise, but because each one inspires students to truly love learning. Good luck asking any of our students who their favorite teacher or class is; they will usually answer, “all of them!”
When our students enter the Middle School Program in grade 5 at BASIS Independent Schools, they leave behind the two-teacher model that defines grades 1–4 and are solely led by Subject Expert Teachers (SETs). Focused on high-level mastery, SETs are the shepherds of academic content; they have real-life experience in the discipline they teach, and often even hold advanced degrees in the field.
Middle school is a time of substantial transition—academically and emotionally—for students as they leave the more nurturing elementary years and begin their preparation for high school and beyond. Because these years are filled with increasingly complex content, it is critical for students to build and fortify their foundational knowledge across a wide variety of disciplines.
This is the first in a three-part blog series that will provide an in-depth look into the BASIS Independent Middle School Program, which is designed to ready students with the knowledge, confidence, and independence needed to excel inside and outside the classroom, as well as provide them ample opportunity to discover their passions. This first blog post will focus specifically on the BASIS Curriculum in the middle school years, which has been honed and optimized to reflect today’s growing expectations in education.
At BASIS Independent Fremont, our teachers are passionate and our students motivated to learn. Our parents are the crucial third element of this learning system—from inspiring their kids to be curious about the world around them, to volunteering to help at school events, our parents make sure their kids are ready to get the most out of their education.
BASIS Independent Fremont, the East Bay branch of the data-driven, globally benchmarked BASIS Independent Schools Network, opened a second campus location on October 7, 2019, to accommodate its growing middle school and prepare for high school classes the next school year. Located on Mission Boulevard, the second campus location is the first step towards BASIS Independent Fremont’s goal of providing the premier private education experience in Fremont from grades TK-12.
At BASIS Independent Schools, we are constantly looking for ways to optimize our program while staying true to our foundation of academic excellence.
SPORK is an exciting new tablet-based math textbook program implemented at BASIS Independent Schools this year. The program, which offers many useful applications and learning tools, was initially tested last year at a few of our campuses as a new tool for BASIS Independent students and teachers in select math courses: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I/Geometry, and Algebra II/Geometry. Keep reading to learn more about how this initiative is elevating our curriculum.
BASIS Independent Fremont will launch its high school with grade 9 for the 2020–21 school year and add a new grade level each year until BASIS Independent Fremont is a full TK–12 program.
“Our teachers, our students, and our families have created a thriving community where learning is loved and celebrated,” says Head of School Dr. Ashley Leyba. “The addition of our high school will continue our standards in academic excellence while uniquely preparing students to not only enter top colleges and universities, but also excel in these environments and beyond.”
We are excited to open the doors to the High School Program next fall, as well as the opportunities that await both our eager students and dedicated Subject Expert Teachers.
Here are six things you should know about our High School Program.
As the new school year begins for our five BASIS Independent Schools campuses, we’re seeing all of the crucial elements of our program and classrooms come together after a summer of brainstorming and meticulous preparation.
We are excited to launch admissions for Fall 2020 for grade TK-9!
Admissions is now open and you may click here to submit your application for our Early or Regular Admissions cycle.
At BASIS Independent Fremont, students and subject expert teachers engage in a spiraling liberal arts and sciences curriculum bench-marked to the best education systems in the world. We believe in setting a higher standard for students and promoting self reliance and accountability in an environment where learning is encouraged and celebrated.
Early and Regular Admissions
This year, we have two admissions cycles: Early and Regular Admissions. Early Admissions is only open for Transitional Kindergarten while Regular Admissions is for grades TK-9.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Fremont is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.