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November 4, 2022

Structured Student Support at School: Helping Every Child Succeed

Ongoing support is a critical part of our academic program for every student from Pre-K through high school. BASIS Independent Manhattan has a unique structure with a Student Affairs department that focuses on helping our students achieve their highest potential both academically and as well-rounded human beings. We would like to spotlight this work specifically at our Lower School from the perspective of our Director of Student Affairs, Ms. Caroline Kushner.

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October 24, 2022

Student Experience: Over 40 Extracurriculars Offered This School Year

On the court, the stage, and at the podium, our BASIS Independent Manhattan students participate in a variety of clubs, athletics, and competitions. Our students work hard and play hard, and our auxiliary department is continuing to build an exciting extracurricular offering for students to dive into their interests and passions while having fun!

For the current school year, we are offering our students across our Lower and Upper Schools over 40 extracurriculars including club, athletic, and enrichment programs.

Every fall, we host an extracurricular fair for students to preview our after-school program. It is a fun-filled event as students talk with club leaders and coaches to learn more about offerings.

Below, we invite you to step into a sampling of our club and athletic offerings.

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October 11, 2022

Finding a Kindergarten: The Checklist for Parents

New York City is notorious for its competitive and complicated school selection process. The market is flooded with over 2,000 options, from public, private, charter, and parochial with an expansive range of educational philosophies. There are books, education consultants, and organizations dedicated to helping families sort through the myriad of options. Parents need a checklist to navigate how to find the right kindergarten for their child and their family. 

We have listed in this blog some of the must-check topics when looking at kindergarten. Review this checklist and see how the Early Learning Program at BASIS Independent Manhattan checks all the boxes. 

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October 3, 2022

Attend Our In-Person Open Houses!

BASIS Independent Manhattan Fall Open Houses Are Here

After a few years of remote event hosting, we are thrilled to swing open our campus doors once again and welcome you to learn, see, and feel what BASIS Independent Manhattan is all about.

Please join us -- in person -- at our Open House events on Saturday, November 12 (Lower School) and Sunday, November 13 (Upper School)

Attending an Open House is the best way for prospective families to discover our early learning, primary, middle, and high school programs. You will have the opportunity to meet teachers and administrators, Student Ambassadors, and current parents. In addition, you will learn about our advanced curriculum, and tour our campus!

Open House Structure

Doors open at 9:30 AM, and the event begins at 10:00 AM with welcome remarks from our Head of School.

From 10:00 - 11:45 AM, our passionate Subject Expert Teachers introduce themselves and lead mini-lessons. Attendees receive a schedule and can rotate from class to class, experiencing a day in the life of a student.

Before departing, one of the most anticipated parts of the event takes place with a Q&A session. Families have the opportunity to ask questions to our current parents or students to hear their first-hand experiences. The Q&A panel consists of BASIS Independent Manhattan parents at the Lower School Open House, while the Upper School Open House features our Student Ambassadors.

We look forward to meeting you and would love to answer any questions that you have!

Open House Details

  • Lower School (PreK - Grade 7)
    Saturday, November 12
    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Upper School (Grades 6 - 12)
    Sunday, November 13
    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Register Now!

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September 27, 2022

Top National Niche Rankings for BASIS Independent Schools

The 2023 Niche school rankings are in and BASIS Independent Schools has remained a rankings powerhouse! As a network of six campuses—three of which have graduating classes—in locations across New York, Northern Virginia, the Bay Area, and the greater Seattle area, we are thrilled to achieve such impressive national recognition year after year.

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September 1, 2022

Q&A with Leadership: Enhancing the Upper School Student Experience

The 2022-23 school year at BASIS Independent Manhattan is full of opportunities. We have a dedicated, state-of-the-art campus for grades 6-12 that opened last year. We are emerging from the pandemic with the flexibility to enhance our school culture. We have a dynamic and diverse staff committed to our mission. Taking all of this potential and transforming it into realities, we have our Head of Upper School, Ms. LaNette Hodge.

Ms. HodgeFrom academics to after-school, Ms. Hodge is dedicated to enriching the student experience at BASIS Independent Manhattan and is intent on leading students on a journey of discovery, scholarship, character, and achievement.

Before the first day of school, we caught up with Ms. Hodge for a Q&A. She shared not only her high expectations but also the actionable items and initiatives she is helming at the Upper School.

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August 18, 2022

In the News: Women in STEM Edition

BASIS Independent Fremont's rising junior Heeya D. made a guest appearance on the TODAY SHOW this week during a segment where the Princeton Review's Rob Franek discussed college admissions and Advanced Placement Exams with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush. 

The development capped off a year where we saw some amazing accomplishments from students, particularly women in STEM, celebrated by local news. We wanted to share some select news reports and segments featuring students from across our campuses in California and New York to Virginia.

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August 4, 2022

Our Two-Teacher Model Explained

The Symbiotic Classroom is a hallmark element of our Primary Program, but what does that mean to a parent? How do our students benefit? We take this biology term and translate it into a successful teaching model that pairs a Subject Expert Teacher (SET) and a Learning Expert Teacher (LET). Read on to have this SET/LET relationship explained.   Red White Geometric Word Definition Datsuzoku Instagram Post-png-1

Imagine being back at school, sitting in a class where you already know the material, feeling like you're "ahead" of everyone else. This is boring! Then you head to a class you don't like, but it is only because you are struggling to understand the lesson. The teacher is going too fast!

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July 28, 2022

7 Questions about the Admissions Process

We are excited to share that our application for the 2023-2024 academic year is open as of Monday, August 1 for PreK - Grade 12. We hear many questions during the admissions process, and are sharing seven of the most frequently asked ones to get you the answers you need to start your application today!

If you are new to our blog, welcome! For those returning, welcome back! Please use our websiteblogs, and social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram to research our school. And, if you have not yet joined our interest list, join here. As a member of our interest list, you will continue to receive important admissions information on application deadlines, upcoming events, and community traditions and achievements, as well as, our approach to this school year.

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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.

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