As the new school year begins for our five BASIS Independent Schools campuses, we’re seeing all of the crucial elements of our program and classrooms come together after a summer of brainstorming and meticulous preparation.
Finding the right school for your child means your family feels at home and that your child is excited to learn every day. Since our families have found the perfect fit at BASIS Independent Manhattan, we feel it's definitely worth sharing with you. Our Referral Program rewards families for the simple act of helping our community grow.
The past few weeks have been nothing short of thrilling for us here at BASIS Independent Manhattan. Not only did we kick off our first year as a school community on the Upper West Side, but admissions season has now officially arrived for the upcoming 2018–19 school year!
Prospective families consistently tell us they appreciate the chance to speak with current BASIS Independent parents that transferred their children from similar schools. That's why our admissions team brought together a group of BASIS Independent Brooklyn parents to discuss the transition from other private schools. Our "Parent Panel" addressed common questions, we thought it was worth sharing a brief recap.
This coming Wednesday evening March 15th, BASIS Independent Manhattan will convene a panel of BASIS Independent Brooklyn parents who transitioned from a diverse selection of private schools. The panel was formed to help address questions from parents currently in the private school system considering our Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses.
We all know that word of mouth is the crucial ingredient in the growth of our school community. It also happens to be the way students who thrive at BASIS Independent most commonly find out about our school.
We will cut to the chase. It is rolling admissions time, and with that brings some bad news and good news. Bad news first: yes, it is true that our regular admissions deadline has come and past.
The good news? It is not too late to apply for fall 2017 admissions. This week marks the kick-off of our rolling admission cycle.
Now that you've breathed your sigh of relief, let's continue with some important information regarding what rolling admissions means for you and your family.
(1) If you are planning to apply for fall 2017 and haven't yet done so, get to it ASAP! This is not just because we are excited to meet you and get to know your child (we truly are!), but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, which means the sooner you complete the requirements, the sooner you will receive an admissions notification.
It is hard to believe that our 4th admissions season is almost coming to a close. Time flies when you are educating students to the highest international levels (and having a ton of fun in the process)!
Mary Riner is the Director of Community Outreach for BASIS Independent McLean and current BASIS.ed parent. For this piece, Ms. Riner shines a light into her past as a "helicopter parent" and what has happened since her family joined the BASIS.ed Network. Read below for more of Ms. Riner's insight.
Notes from the BASIS.ed Braintrust
I am a recovering helicopter parent. I admit that the CJ, or Communication Journal, as a way of interfacing with the school takes a little getting used to, especially if you’re accustomed to online homework postings where your child’s whole education is at your fingertips. Those online systems make you feel in control. With a push or a prod, you can motivate your child into doing his homework so that he can boost his 88 average in English up to a 95.
But here’s the thing. The 95 you worked so hard to get for your child doesn’t really last. This is not your child’s 95. My insight comes from years of hovering. I spent hours every day after school struggling with my first child over homework. Our science fair projects won every competition. Our essays and short stories were nothing short of masterpieces. My child was the king of his elementary school. I was so proud.
As families consider BASIS Independent Manhattan for their children, the question of, "Is my child prepared to transition to this accelerated academic program?" invariably rises to the surface. It might, in fact, be one of the most important questions looming large on the mind of our families.
Unfortunately, there is no "one answer" to this question. It cannot be answered in a blog post; it is highly personal, and based on the child in question. Our door is always open to discuss the transition to BASIS Independent Manhattan with you, so don't hesitate to reach out and schedule a meeting.
With that being said, after nearly 20 years experience helping students from countless educational backgrounds transition to our program, we have learned a thing (or two!) about how kids from specific pedagogic backgrounds acclimate to the content-rich BASIS.ed academic model. We'd like to dive deeper into how students coming from programs teaching The Montessori Method of Education transition into our program. This child-centered educational approach focuses on developing the whole child via multi-age classrooms, uninterrupted blocks of school work, guided choice time, and learning materials specific to the method. We see many students come to BASIS Independent, particularly in the primary years, having had the Montessori Method of education play a prominent role in the building of their learning foundation.
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.