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April 2, 2018

2018 Senior Projects at BASIS Independent Schools

Senior Projects are a very exciting and unique part of the senior year experience at BASIS Independent Schools. We wanted to take this chance to look ahead with a blog post from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley detailing the senior projects underway there right now. Please note the post below is republished with minor edits from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Blog.

It is with optimism and pride that we support our seniors as they complete their final trimester as BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. Now past the huge milestone of applying to college, our 67 seniors have so much of their education behind them, but are, in many senses, faced with one of the biggest growth experiences in their education to date: the Senior Project.

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February 26, 2018

Meet the BASIS Independent Manhattan Community in New Campus Video Series!

During Spirit Week, we took the opportunity to unveil our new campus video series in which we showcased some of the incredible members of our learning community. From our amazing parents and talented teachers to our curious, unbounded students, every individual contributes to the foundation and success our school.

We invite you to watch the videos below, hear their experiences, and see what BASIS Independent Manhattan is like from their perspective. Don't miss the link to our full campus highlights video to get a true taste of our nationally-acclaimed program. We are incredibly proud of these videos, and we hope you love them as much as we do!

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February 9, 2018

BASIS Curriculum Schools News Roundup

BASIS Curriculum Schools is no stranger to making the news—whether its large scale recognition for its academic program or stories of the differences our students make volunteering in and supporting their local community. We make a point to share these stories out with families and readers, but want to highlight some of the most recent news.

The past several weeks have been particularly exciting for our schools—with our Silicon Valley campus’ full profile in Business Insider, a piece announcing the newest Thailand campus, and CNBC’s profile of the best high schools in the country (surprise: BASIS Curriculum Schools occupy the first three spots as well as #5 and #7). The stories are exciting in perpetuating the high performance of legacy at BASIS Curriculum Schools campuses and signify a carving out of a path for new, exciting traditions of excellence.

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February 8, 2018

Showcasing School Spirit

To celebrate the reveal of our BASIS Independent Manhattan Wildcat mascot, we held a school-wide pep rally followed by a basketball game that featured teams comprising students in grades 4, 5, and 6 led by a staff member. 

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January 3, 2018

A Look at Student Service at BASIS Independent Schools Across the Country

The start of the new year is certainly a time for reflection—a time to look back on how the first part of the school year has progressed and also a time for us to think and reminisce on the positive things and loving people we are lucky to have in our lives.

We’d like to take a moment out of the hustle and bustle of this time of year to recognize our students in all BASIS Independent Schools for their positive contributions to their communities and the work they’ve been doing to improve not just their knowledge in the classroom, but also their understanding of what it means to be a good citizen.

As an institution, we don’t have any requirements of student volunteering or student service, nor do we participate in parent fundraising. As a result, service in the school and in the community is an authentic expression of what is important to our individual communities.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on in our schools around the country and the pulse on student service in general:

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November 30, 2017

How We Give Thanks

Before dismissing for Thanksgiving break, our community came together to share in a celebratory meal and give thanks for what we have built here at BASIS Independent Manhattan. Parents, grandparents and loved ones joined the students and staff for our Thanksgiving potlucks that ran throughout the day.

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November 21, 2017

Instilling Wonder and Inquiry from Day One: PreK–Kindergarten

The Early Years (PreK–Kindergarten) at BASIS Independent Manhattan foster curiosity, confidence, and a love for learning through thematic, hands-on, and comprehensive lessons. We believe the classroom should be a place where students can question, create, and discover as they build connections and begin to understand new topics.

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November 2, 2017

On Teens & Taking Risks

There's a reason adolescence is often referred to as the tumultuous teenage years. Whether you and your teen are in the thick of these years or you are what feels like light years away, it is important for parents and educators alike to understand why teens take risks and how to protect them.

As part of their on-campus thought series, BASIS Independent Brooklyn invited acclaimed adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Jess Shatkin to discuss the findings in his debut novel, the culmination of years of research and study, Born to Be Wild - Why Teens Take Risks and How We Can Keep Them Safe, which was just featured in the Washington Post.

We thought we would share some of the incredible learnings from this book with you.

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October 26, 2017

A Day in the Life: Grade 6

What is a typical day like for a BASIS Independent Manhattan 6th grader? One student summed it up by saying, “It’s hard, but it’s fun.” Well, there is definitely a lot more to it than that. Here, we take a look inside the classroom by following Neve R. and the grade 6 class, otherwise known as the element: Iodine. Through the day, they are faced with challenging work, new lessons and information, and choices at every turn. Read on to see what a day in the life of a 6th grader looks like at BASIS Independent Manhattan.

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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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