It's official—admissions are open for 2019! Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are live, and we are excited to meet the newest members of our BASIS Independent Fremont community. As we embark upon this upcoming admissions season, we felt it would be helpful to gather some of our most frequently asked questions to provide more insight into applying for our school.
Q: Which grade levels have availability?
Transitional Kindergarten is guaranteed to have 20 open seats. We are anticipating availability in all grade levels in 2019-20, as well. However, because most grades are full for the 2018-19 school year, the amount of availability in each grade will depend on the number of families that leave before the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Q: When is the deadline to submit an application?
There are two different admissions cycles at BASIS Independent Fremont:
Early Admissions: This admissions cycle is for Transitional Kindergarten only. We expect to fill all 20 seats for TK during Early Admissions. The deadline to submit an application for Early Admissions is Wednesday, October 24, 2018. The entire application process must be completed by Thursday, November 8, 2018. Notifications will be sent to parents Thursday, November 15, 2018.
Regular Admissions: This admissions cycle is for all grades and we expect to fill all grades by the end of Regular Admissions. The deadline to submit an application for Regular Admissions is Wednesday, January 31, 2019. The entire application process must be completed by Thursday, February 28, 2019. Notifications will be sent to parents Wednesday, March 12, 2019.
Q: How do I learn more about the program?
We have a few different types of events to help families learn more about our school and program.
1) Our Open Houses are a great chance to go into our classrooms and meet the teachers that make our school such a wonderful place to learn.
2) Our information sessions are a journey through our curriculum and a great way to understand our program with incredible depth.
3) Tours allow you to hear an overview of the program and school while seeing the campus on a typical school day.
We recommend families make reservations in advance for our events, and you can sign up for any of these events online.
Q: Do kids have to take tests when they apply?
Potential students in grades 2 and above must take an entrance exam complete their applications to the school. The entrance exam is a comprehensive placement test with a wide range of material that tests skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. This test takes 30-60 minutes for grades 2-4 and 60-90 minutes for grades 5 and above. Students cannot study for the exam.
Students applying to Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and grade 1 will have playdates. Playdates are play-based assessments where children attend a sample lesson. During the playdates, we look at how children integrate into a classroom environment, react to new teachers, follow direction, and demonstrate skill relative to grade level.
In addition to those assessments, we require a family meeting for all applicants where families meet with a member of our staff or faculty, and we require students interested in grades 1 and above to submit teacher recommendations and report cards from the previous two years.
Q: What is your curriculum like?
The BASIS Curriculum is a well-rounded, globally benchmarked curriculum designed to inspire mastery and excellence. The curriculum focuses on deep content knowledge and keen academic skills while exposing students to a variety of subjects throughout their time at our school. BASIS Independent Fremont balances accelerated math, science, and engineering with a firm commitment to the arts to give students the preparation to succeed no matter where life takes them.
Q: How much is tuition?
Q: What support do students receive?
At BASIS Independent Schools, we offer extensive support avenues to ensure your child has a smooth transition into our program. We establish go-to adults for every child to make sure the lines of communication are open. Early learners and elementary schoolers have multiple teachers in the classroom to ensure they get the help and planning they need to thrive, while middle and high schoolers have deans and directors to help them create plans to ease the transition to our school and succeed. In addition, our expert teachers provide office hours each week and are passionate, empathetic, and devoted to helping our students learn, question, and grow throughout the year.