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February 17, 2023

BASIS Means Business: Wildcat Edition

Upper School students were invited to participate in a new initiative across all BASIS Independent Schools introduced earlier this year. 

BASIS Means Business encourages our students to create and innovate as they develop an entrepreneurial business idea and present it in a Shark Tank-style competition.

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February 8, 2023

Math Team Wildcats Win Second at MATHCOUNTS Regionals

BASIS Independent Manhattan's middle school math club participated in the MATHCOUNTS Manhattan Chapter Regional Competition on Feb. 4, 2023. They performed at the top of their game and finished in second place as a Top Team, above the best and brightest teams from a slate of other schools in Manhattan.

We had several stellar performances by our students with Cooper H. ('28) placing third in the individual rankings out of 284 students. There were two more Wildcats who finished in the top 77 participants - Shreyas S. ('28) in 32nd and Alex S. ('27) in 60th. 

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December 15, 2022

10 Tips to Prepare Teens for Their High School Career

BINS TWToby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools, shares insights on steps teenagers can take to prepare them to excel in high school. Mr. Walker served as Head of School for BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for more than five years before moving into the role of VP of the network. He was also an AP History Subject Expert Teacher at a BASIS Curriculum School.

High school brings many new experiences and changes for teens that can present themselves as scary if they lack proper preparation. Succeeding in high school is important for setting students on the right path for college and beyond. Here are some simple steps that teens can follow to get them ready for their high school years.

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December 10, 2022

CEO Fridays: An Introduction to Business Elective Series

In the high school elective, Introduction to Business, our students are getting acquainted with the multiple facets of planning, starting, operating, and growing a business. They are on a journey to learn what it means to be an entrepreneur and how a business fits into the bigger picture. And, yes, we said this class is for our high school students.

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December 9, 2022

Student Recognition: Speech & Debate Tournaments

This fall, BASIS Independent Manhattan Middle School Speech & Debate students competed ESU New York Debate League Tournaments Our Wildcats showed up and we are pleased to share their efforts and highlight what they accomplished.

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December 5, 2022

Teacher Spotlight: In the Kindergarten Classroom with Ms. Hadzibrahimi

If you scan the Kindergarten classroom too fast, you might miss Ms. Hadzibrahimi and her co-teacher, Mr. Albertson, because they are often on the same level as their 5-year-old students. They understand where their students are socially and emotionally and meet them at that level, literally. Ms. Hadzibrahimi is more than just a teacher, she’s a guide, supporter, and friend.

She loves hands-on activities that engage her students, as well as helping them learn how to be good friends. She values being a member of the BASIS Independent Manhattan staff that not only empowers children to ask big questions but also challenges and encourages teachers to learn from their students and colleagues.

We sat down with Ms. Hadzibrahimi to hear about her passion for kindergarten, what it’s like having a co-teacher, and her own interests!

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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 5)
    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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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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