BASIS Independent Schools are characterized by creativity and spirit, and they are driven by best practices from the top educational systems in the world. As our private schools branch out across the U.S. and the world, one secret to maintaining excellence network-wide rests in our central Curriculum Team. These professionals work tirelessly to assess data across schools with a shared goal - to improve student outcomes deliberately, quickly, and meaningfully.
Currently BASIS Independent Schools educate students in Brooklyn, NY; Fremont, CA; McLean, VA; Manhattan, NY; and Silicon Valley, CA. A new campus will open this fall in Bellevue, WA. Our world-acclaimed curriculum taught by Subject Expert Teachers draws families to the schools; however, a key strength that is not as well understood rests in our private school network’s ability and commitment to using data to improve continually, rather than rest on our reputation for excellence, particularly given our rapidly evolving world.
“It is critical that we have a continuity of excellence at BASIS Independent Schools,” said Toby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools. “That we hold ourselves to high standards, and that we learn from each other as school leaders and teachers across our network. The data around academic outcomes inform this approach; the collaboration among our teachers and administrators is based in large part on taking advantage of the insights our data provides. We take seriously our responsibility to act on these insights to improve our students’ experience.”
Nearly every week our school leaders field requests from families across the country to build a school near them. Families place a high value on giving their children an innovative, well-rounded education—one that supports accelerated learning, independent thinking, creativity, and critical inquiry from the very first day. The first BASIS Independent Schools opened their doors in Brooklyn and Silicon Valley during the fall of 2014. Now our private school program is well established as offering the highest international level of learning after graduating classes of seniors in California as well as New York City and Washington D.C. metro campuses.
Today we want to share and celebrate network growth from coast to coast:OPENED FALL 2021
“It is critical that we have a continuity of excellence at BASIS Independent Schools,” said Toby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools. “That we hold ourselves to high standards, and that we learn from each other as school leaders and teachers across our network. The demand for our program is humbling, and we are committed to making it available to students and families.”
In the fall of 2021, the BASIS Independent Manhattan Upper School campus building is set to open, which will continue our students’ academic journeys through a complete high school experience. As our rising grade 10 students get closer to their Senior Year, we benefit greatly from a relationship with our sister campus, BASIS Independent Brooklyn, and use them as a model of what future success will look like for us. Not only that, but also we like the collaboration that can benefit all of our students. A very good example of this synergy can be found in a Senior Project conducted by Zihan S. (Class of 2021, BASIS Independent Brooklyn).
The BASIS.ed network of schools has consistently outperformed U.S. and global peers on school-based assessments designed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD is the organization responsible for the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) designed to evaluate education systems worldwide. On the heels of the 2015 global PISA Exam results announced last week, Asia Society, which is an educational non-profit in Manhattan that promotes mutual understanding and partnership for people and organizations in Asia and the United States, hosted a panel discussion featuring Dr. Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills of the OECD and "driving force of PISA," as well as representatives from three of the highest scoring nations. Key insights from the discussion reinforce why BASIS.ed schools consistently perform so well on OECD school assessments.
The discussion explored 2015 PISA results and what countries have done to address key issues such as raising the bar for science instruction and education equity. Below is a recap from the captivating discussion that only scratches the surface of the deep insights offered by the OECD and this year's PISA Exam results release.
PISA Exam Results 2015 – “Can We Think Like A Scientist?”
Dr. Schleicher (introduced by the Asia Society as the driving force in continuing PISA's evolution as an authentic assessment of performance and the world's most tireless advocate in using data to inform education decisions) explained that the 2015 focus for PISA was science. He noted that while the world has changed rapidly with technology, education has not kept up with the pace of change. Dr. Schleicher explained that forces of technological advancement and rapid globalization are creating demands for a much broader skill set from workers, and he said education systems must respond.
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.