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.
“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.
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.
Recently, we followed the seventh grade for a day to discover a typical day in middle school at BASIS Independent Fremont. Ms. Villanueva, a Subject Expert Teacher who teaches Creative Writing as a seventh grade elective this year, decided to repeat the experiment and see for herself what her students experience each day at school. Below are her notes from her day of middle school!
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.