Posts about Middle School Program

March 6, 2020

The Middle School Program Pt 3: Student Autonomy

What does it take to build life-long skills of self-advocacy and independence?

At BASIS Independent Schools, our educational philosophy is centered around student autonomy and self-advocacy. We want to empower our students when they come to school each day; to do so, we believe students need to learn to exercise their autonomy, which allows them to take greater control of their education.

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December 10, 2019

The Middle School Program Pt 2: World-Class Teachers

“It makes a huge difference to have teachers who are passionate about the subjects they are teaching in every class. It makes you more excited to learn! –Sophie, BASIS Independent McLean

BASIS Independent Schools raises the standards of student learning to the highest international levels through our advanced, globally benchmarked curriculum. However, our schools are only able to achieve such incredible outcomes thanks to our passionate expert teachers—not just because they teach with expertise, but because each one inspires students to truly love learning. Good luck asking any of our students who their favorite teacher or class is; they will usually answer, “all of them!”

When our students enter the Middle School Program in grade 5 at BASIS Independent Schools, they leave behind the two-teacher model that defines grades 1–4 and are solely led by Subject Expert Teachers (SETs). Focused on high-level mastery, SETs are the shepherds of academic content; they have real-life experience in the discipline they teach, and often even hold advanced degrees in the field.

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November 8, 2019

The Middle School Program Pt 1: Accelerated, Interconnected Curriculum

Middle school is a time of substantial transition—academically and emotionally—for students as they leave the more nurturing elementary years and begin their preparation for high school and beyond. Because these years are filled with increasingly complex content, it is critical for students to build and fortify their foundational knowledge across a wide variety of disciplines.

This is the first in a three-part blog series that will provide an in-depth look into the BASIS Independent Middle School Program, which is designed to ready students with the knowledge, confidence, and independence needed to excel inside and outside the classroom, as well as provide them ample opportunity to discover their passions. This first blog post will focus specifically on the BASIS Curriculum in the middle school years, which has been honed and optimized to reflect today’s growing expectations in education.

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November 5, 2019

The Complete Picture: Student Affairs Support System

BASIS Independent Manhattan has a mission of creating rigor in a joyful environment. The only way for that to be successful is to have complete student support in both academics and social-emotional learning. We believe in the importance of fostering an academic journey encompassing the whole student, one that prepares them for a future in our ever-changing world. How do we do this? With the world-renowned BASIS Curriculum, stellar teachers, and structured student support. 

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October 5, 2018

Defining Support: Teacher Mentors

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.

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