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.
The following blog is repurposed with minor edits from our sister school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Please join with us in congratulating their newest graduating seniors on their many achievements and in wishing them well as they head off to some of the top colleges and universities in the world.
A round of applause for the Class of 2018, please! Our soon-to-be graduates have completed their final year at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, and we could not be more honored to have had the opportunity to guide them to this pivotal point in their lives.
Not only have these students conquered a rigorous senior year filled with capstone courses, which required a deep dive into high-level content, many of our seniors participated in Senior Projects or AP Research Projects. Throughout it all, they worked hard to find and apply to colleges that they believe will be the best fit for their skills and interests. As a result of their extraordinary efforts—not just this year, but through their entire academic journeys—our Class of 2018 has gained entry to some of the oldest and most selective universities: California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and Stanford University, just to name a few.
Read on for the complete list, and please help us congratulate our 2018 Bobcats!
The “in between” years. This is what middle school is often regarded as before students enter the more serious, college-focused portion of their academic path. However, in today’s global education landscape, this mindset needs to change. The years in middle school and the transition into high school have become increasingly important in readying students with the knowledge, confidence, and grit needed to excel in high school and beyond.
In what is an unparalleled achievement in the annals of American educational assessment, the top five high schools in the United States are BASIS Curriculum Schools, as are six of the nation’s top eight, and seven of America’s top fourteen, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best High Schools” 2018 rankings.
Everyone remembers that one teacher—the one that left such a distinct impression that you actually started to call English your favorite class even when you’ve always been a “math” person. To paraphrase BASIS Independent Brooklyn French Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Mandeville, at BASIS Independent Schools, all teachers are that one teacher—each one forges a true connection between their students and the lessons being taught, instilling in them an avid love for their subject. Good luck asking one of our students what their favorite class is. They either tell you, enthusiastically, “all of them!” or, “it changes each year!”
In the BASIS Independent Manhattan classroom, subject matter is designed to inspire, taught by a Subject Expert Teacher (SET) who creates a learning experience students can connect to, engage with, and excel in. In this classroom, another teacher is present as well, a Learning Expert Teacher (LET), who hones in on each students’ strengths and areas for improvement, and who works to ensure they are achieving their full potential while having their needs met.
We call this dynamic learning environment the BASIS Symbiotic Classroom, home to the SET/LET relationship.
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.