There's a reason adolescence is often referred to as the tumultuous teenage years. Whether you and your teen are in the thick of these years or you are what feels like light years away, it is important for parents and educators alike to understand why teens take risks and how to protect them.
As part of their on-campus thought series, BASIS Independent Brooklyn invited acclaimed adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Jess Shatkin to discuss the findings in his debut novel, the culmination of years of research and study, Born to Be Wild - Why Teens Take Risks and How We Can Keep Them Safe, which was just featured in the Washington Post.
We thought we would share some of the incredible learnings from this book with you.
Our youngest students at BASIS Independent Fremont are in our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class, a pre-kindergarten program that maintains the high standards we hold for our students at every grade level. The students learn a lot and have fun along the way! This week, we followed the class around for a day to show you what a typical day looks like in our TK program.
We are ecstatic to announce that Beryl Z., an 11th grader at our sister school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, has entered the Breakthrough Junior Challenge!
One of the biggest advantages of the BASIS Independent model is the Learning Expert Teacher (LET)/Subject Expert Teacher (SET) teacher dynamic, creating greater learning opportunities for students and higher specialization of topics taught by educators. But what does this model actually look like in practice? This week, we followed Ms. Wagner, one of our Subject Expert Teachers in Humanities, throughout her day to find out!
One of the biggest advantages of the BASIS Independent model is the LET/SET teacher dynamic, creating greater learning opportunities for students and higher specialization of topics taught by educators. But what does this model actually look like in practice? Last week, we followed Ms. Castilla, one of our Learning Expert Teachers, throughout her day to find out!
Imagine that you are back at school sitting in a class you excel in. You might be a little bored because you already read ahead in the textbook, and you zone out when the teacher talks. You know this already! Or maybe you’re in a class you don’t like very much because you struggle with the material. Why is the teacher going so fast? You barely understood the last lesson! Now imagine there was a second teacher in that classroom, one who knew your strengths and areas for improvement, who could work with you to make sure you were achieving your potential in the best way for you. That second teacher in the class helping students while the first teacher leads the class creates the SET/LET relationship at BASIS Independent Fremont.
We've enjoyed meeting all of the families who have joined us at an Information Session or an Open House. Many of the questions we receive at our events are usually Admissions-related, so we've compiled a list of the top eight questions below:
1. What is the difference between Early Admissions and Regular Admissions?
Early Admissions applicants will receive an admissions decision via e-mail by end of day on Monday, December 11, 2017. Regular Admissions applicants will receive an admissions decision via e-mail by end of day on Monday, March 12, 2018.
On Wednesday, September 13, ofﬁcials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semifinalists in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program – including 21 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. These academically talented high school students will compete for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, which will total more than $32 million.
And we’re back! It is hard to believe, but we began our second year of school here at BASIS Independent Fremont just under a month ago on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. This year, we welcomed over 230 students, ranging in age from Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 6, into our school. It has been a busy and exciting few weeks for our Bumblebees. In addition to acclimating to a new school year (with new cubbies and lockers and teachers and supplies!), our students have been diving deep into new content. Our kindergarteners are learning about different food groups and how to develop healthy eating habits, our first graders are beginning a multi-week interdisciplinary unit on Ancient Egypt, our fourth graders are asking deep questions about culture and community, and our sixth graders are enjoying their first few weeks as full-fledged middle schoolers!
On Friday, June 1, we celebrated the end of our inaugural year here at BASIS Independent Fremont with a family picnic that allowed all members of our community to come together one last time before summer vacation. It was a fun and festive way to end a truly remarkable first year of operation. As I reflect upon the 2016-2017 school year, I’m struck by how much we have accomplished.
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.