BASIS Independent Manhattan opened its doors in 2017 and four years later our growth continues with the expansion to an Upper School campus for our grade 6-12 students. For the first half of this year, Mr. Brandon McNeice (Head of School, Upper) has been busy giving tours, hiring teachers, developing programming, and even selecting desks and chairs. Opening a new campus comes with challenges, but ones that Mr. McNeice is approaching with gratitude and gumption. We dove in from there and asked Mr. McNeice more about his goals, work, and what he envisions for the future.
As our families enjoy their summer by traveling to new places, including countries connected to their own unique backgrounds and cultural roots, we wanted to emulate this sentiment by recapping our first annual World Fest! This event recognized and celebrated the multi-cultural representation of the families within our learning community as they shared their pride and worldly knowledge with one another.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We are ecstatic to announce that Beryl Z., an 11th grader at our sister school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, has entered the Breakthrough Junior Challenge!
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.
On September 5, 2017, BASIS Independent Manhattan opened its doors to 150 students for the first day of its inaugural year. For what seemed like an ordinary day to some was years in the making for us. At the helm of the journey has been Jesse Rizzo, Head of School. She, along with her carefully selected faculty and staff, dedicated countless hours to preparing for BASIS Independent Manhattan's opening on the Upper West Side. They've sown the seed of a world quality education unlike anything for years to come!
After the whirlwind of the first day of school, we sat down with Ms. Rizzo to ask her a few questions.
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!
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
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.
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.