At one of our recent Open Houses held at our sister campus BASIS Independent Brooklyn, one theme stood apart from others – how great it was to be a founding family. For those in attendance who joined BASIS Independent Brooklyn from day one, not only was the transition way easier than originally thought, but it was also abundantly clear how lucky their children were to transition with, well, an entire group of kids who were also transitioning.
“All the kids were starting together – and even the parents,” said Josielyne Pacifico a founding parent at BASIS Independent Brooklyn with two children who started in kindergarten and grade 3 and are now in grades 3 and 5. “It created a strong bond and camaraderie between us all that has now lasted three years.”
“For all the kids, the advanced curriculum at the school was new, and they were all experiencing it for the first time together,” continued Josielyne. “It fostered a collaborative and supportive environment as the kids went out of their way to help each other get up to speed. There was no feeling of playing catch up to students who may be more used to rigorous science classes or may have better organizational skills. The kids supported and encouraged each other and we continue to see this even now.”
One key advantage the Manhattan campus will have is the ability to leverage best practices gained from Brooklyn on many fronts, including ways to build community. In the first year, parents at the Brooklyn campus worked with school staff to organize grade-specific social events as well as school-wide events such as international potluck dinners, Chinese New Year celebrations, holiday dances, teacher appreciation, and community service projects. Now they have established traditions and celebrations recurring as the school has grown.
“A handful of parent volunteers started off the first school year in Brooklyn meeting with school leadership about what social events, dances, parent committees were smart to tackle and exactly how much parents wanted to be involved in events,” said Jo Goldfarb, parent of a current 3rd and 5th grader. “It is nice to help with decorations at a carnival, but it is wonderful to have enough staff on hand at events to allow parents to focus on meeting other families. It is wonderful to attend a school event and actually enjoy it spending time with other parents and students rather than staffing it.”
BASIS Independent Schools involve faculty and staff in all community programming to help make sure community events can also help build relationships among parents and not rely too heavily on parent volunteers as is common in most schools.
You can hear more from our founding families on the BASIS Independent Brooklyn family video.
Also, as you may know, we have a generous referral program. Essentially, if an applicant names you as a referral on their application, you will receive $750 off tuition and the family applying will receive $250. There is no cap on the number of referrals per family. Read more about the referral program.
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