Posts about Parent Perspectives

December 20, 2018

Achieving Balance: Rigor & Joy in Early Learning

K CJFinding the right PreK or Kindergarten program for your family is a big decision, wading through the sea of options, and considering your immediate needs while prioritizing your child’s long-term educational journey.

We sat down with two of our Early Learning Teachers to provide insight and specific examples about their approach and techniques in order to balance an academically rigorous curriculum with a joyful learning environment for our youngest learners.

For a parent-perspective, we also spoke to one of our families with a current PreK student and a first grader, who started at BASIS Independent Manhattan in Kindergarten. Read more below to hear about their decision-making process and the progression and growth seen in their children.

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October 12, 2017

Referring is Rewarding

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.

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May 31, 2017

Parent Perspectives: BASIS Independent NYC and Gifted & Talented Programs

“I want to stress…there is no such thing as a gifted & talented curriculum,” Alina Adams told our recent parent panel and audience when delving into selective NYC public school options. Ms. Adams is an education consultant and reporter who wrote the books Getting Into NYC Kindergarten and Getting Into NYC High School.

Ms. Adams moderated our panel to provide parents with more information on G&T lead photo for blog.jpgthe New York City Public School Gifted & Talented (G&T) options, how to navigate the admissions process and how BASIS Curriculum Schools are different. Read on for a brief recap of the key themes from the discussion, as well as personal perspectives shared by current BASIS Independent Brooklyn parents who had transferred from G&T programs.

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April 19, 2017

Special Event: The Science of Cooking!

Only a few more days are left to register for our Science of Cooking event at iconic NYC restaurant Le Cirque. Participants will enjoy lessons and hands-on demonstrations illustrating the science of cooking by BASIS Independent Schools science teachers and MasterChef Junior competitor and BASIS Independent Brooklyn student Donovan. Read below for an interview with Donovan from our Brooklyn school blog and be sure to register here for the last few spots!

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It is no secret that our students are multifaceted. BASIS Curriculum students are Model U.N. winners, history bee competitors, inventors, entrepreneurs, Olympic Trial swimmers, chess champions, community activists, movie directors, and mathletes. 

A typical BASIS Curriculum student, 4th grader Donovan has always been many things - a thoughtful friend, focused Donovan.jpg
student, and very talented chef. His friends, family and teachers have always known about Donovan's incredible love of cooking. Recently the whole country will get the chance to see Donovan flex his culinary muscles as he competed in MasterChef Junior Season 5.

We took a moment to ask Donovan and his dad Scott about the experience and Donovan's love of cooking.

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April 7, 2017

Founding Family Feature: The DiPietro Family

We have so many wonderful Founding Families coming to BASIS Independent
Manhattan this fall. To continue building a greater sense of community, we wanted to profile a handful of new students and parents. For our second family feature, we invite you to meet the DiPietros and learn more about the extraordinary success of rising 5th Grader Carmen. She is already an award-winning skiier and recently competed in the Eastern Division Freestyle Championship.

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March 15, 2017

Founding Family Feature: The Figueroa Family

We have so many wonderful Founding Families coming to BASIS Independent Manhattan this fall. To begin building a greater sense of community, we will start profiling new students and parents. For our first feature, we invite you to meet the Figueroa family, and learn more about the extraordinary success of new student Angel, an award-winning pianist at the tender age of 8.

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February 9, 2017

BASIS Independent Brooklyn Student Competing on MasterChef Junior!

Check out this great story from our friends at our Brooklyn campus!

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It is no secret that our students are multifaceted. BASIS.ed students are Model U.N. winners, history bee competitors, inventors, entrepreneurs, Olympic Trial swimmers, chess champions, community activists, movie directors, and mathletes. 

A typical BASIS.ed student, fourth Grader Donovan M. has always been many things - a thoughtful friend, focused Donovan_Milstein_mc-s5_02-group02_0328_hires1 (002)-1.jpgstudent, and very talented chef. His friends, family and teachers have always known about Donovan's incredible love of cooking. Now the whole country will get the chance to see Donovan flex his culinary muscles as as he competes in MasterChef Junior Season 5 (FOX) starting Thursday, February 9, 2017.

We took a moment to ask Donovan and his dad Scott about the experience and Donovan's love of cooking.

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February 3, 2017

What's so great about being a founding family?

At one of our recent Open Houses held at our sister campus BASIS Independent Brooklyn, one theme stood apart from others – how great it was to be a founding family. For those in attendance who joined BASIS Independent Brooklyn from day one, not only was the transition way easier than originally thought, but it was also abundantly clear how lucky their children were to transition with, well, an entire group of kids who were also transitioning.

“All the kids were starting together – and even the parents,” said Josielyne 1353.jpgPacifico a founding parent at BASIS Independent Brooklyn with two children who started in kindergarten and grade 3 and are now in grades 3 and 5. “It created a strong bond and camaraderie between us all that has now lasted three years.” 

“For all the kids, the advanced curriculum at the school was new, and they were all experiencing it for the first time together,” continued Josielyne. “It fostered a collaborative and supportive environment as the kids went out of their way to help each other get up to speed. There was no feeling of playing catch up to students who may be more used to rigorous science classes or may have better organizational skills. The kids supported and encouraged each other and we continue to see this even now.” 

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October 18, 2016

Managing Expectations: Empowering Student Accountability

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. Freed_1617A1076_290006.jpg

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.

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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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