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.
When the BASIS Curriculum was launched in 1998, it quickly gained attention and acclaim for its breadth, depth, and ability to successfully teach high-level content and critical thinking to eager students at a younger age. We have seen the implementation, success, growth, and evolution of the BASIS Curriculum over many years, including at each of our five BASIS Independent School campuses.
Like the other BASIS Curriculum Schools across the network, each BASIS Independent School continues to place a heavy focus on college readiness, as well as on overall student performance. In the 2016 Advanced Placement® exams, BASIS Independent School students earned a pass rate of 87.9%, and an average score of 3.89, with nearly 1,000 exams taken. In just two years, BINS students’ 2018 pass rate rose to 94.3%, with an average score of 4.18 across nearly 2,000 exams.
Student performance continues to improve at BINS in critical college readiness assessments. The same is true of schools across the BASIS Curriculum Schools network. As such, we are once again proud to share a glimpse of the latest 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best High School rankings, which showcase high rankings for seven BASIS Curriculum Schools, even after a change in US News’ ranking methodology.
The new methodology, released on April 29, 2019, broadens the focus of the ranking, moving away from college readiness. However, in spite of these changes, the seven BASIS Charter Schools, which were in the Top 15 in 2018, were all still ranked in the Top 35 in 2019—despite a more than six-fold increase in the number of schools ranked, from 2,700 in 2018 to more than 17,000 in 2019. That is, those seven acclaimed BASIS Charters are in the top 0.2% of all ranked schools. Further, those seven BASIS Charter Schools are ranked as the seven best schools in the state of Arizona, and five of the BASIS Charter Schools are in the nation’s Top 20 STEM schools—and STEM rankings are perhaps the most similar to the ranking methodology used in previous years.
Read on for more details about yet another year of incredible national rankings in U.S. News & World Report by BASIS Charter Schools.
Students at BASIS Independent Schools know a thing or two about hard work and persistence in problem solving. Our accelerated and spiraled math curriculum gives students ample time to strengthen their fundamental skills so that each year, when our schools facilitate opportunities for students to participate in competitions, clubs, and more, they can then show off their talents and achieve new goals. This year’s math wins across several of our campuses are a testament of how well our students thrive in competitive situations.
Read on to explore just a few of the math-centric accomplishments from our campuses in Brooklyn, Fremont, Manhattan, McLean, and Silicon Valley.
Cognitive theorist Jerome Bruner wrote, “We begin with the hypothesis that any subject can be taught in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development” (1960). We believe that even our youngest students at BASIS Independent Manhattan are capable of engaging with and understanding the most difficult material if it is structured and presented appropriately. BASIS Curriculum Schools ensures major course topics are “spiraled,” or re-addressed at each grade level with increasing complexity.
Finding the right PreK or Kindergarten program for your family is a big decision, wading through the sea of options, and considering your immediate needs while prioritizing your child’s long-term educational journey.
We sat down with two of our Early Learning Teachers to provide insight and specific examples about their approach and techniques in order to balance an academically rigorous curriculum with a joyful learning environment for our youngest learners.
For a parent-perspective, we also spoke to one of our families with a current PreK student and a first grader, who started at BASIS Independent Manhattan in Kindergarten. Read more below to hear about their decision-making process and the progression and growth seen in their children.
There is a quote posted on the refrigerator in the staff lounge at BASIS Independent Manhattan from Todd Whitaker. It reads: “The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day."
Our dedicated and passionate teachers are a cornerstone of BASIS Independent Manhattan’s success. As we enter our second year, we are thrilled to have a Teacher Mentor program where the focus is to not only have a faculty that supports our students, but also a faculty that feels supported.
As our families enjoy their summer by traveling to new places, including countries connected to their own unique backgrounds and cultural roots, we wanted to emulate this sentiment by recapping our first annual World Fest! This event recognized and celebrated the multi-cultural representation of the families within our learning community as they shared their pride and worldly knowledge with one another.
Each year, hundreds of teachers from the various BASIS Curriculum Schools gather in Arizona for Summer Institute, a week of learning, networking, and preparing for the upcoming school year. Newly hired teachers and those changing roles attend this annual event, where they gather in peer groups to establish best practices for educating students in the context of the grades and subjects they teach within the BASIS Curriculum.
BASIS Independent Manhattan was recently featured in a news story conducted by TV2 Denmark. They focused on our school's low-tech approach to education in a high-tech world. The McDonald family, including Aurelia (2-Li) and Flynn (5-Mg), gave their perspectives about not relying on technology at school and why BASIS Independent Manhattan's approach to technology in the classroom is important.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Manhattan is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.