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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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October 31, 2019

Fall Festival Scares Up Family Fun

Our fourth annual Fall Festival brought together students, families, and staff for an afternoon of Halloween and fall fun! The festival featured familiar favorites like pumpkin painting, inflatable games, Trunk or Treat, and the Time Warp dance, as well as new additions including the Chili Cook-Off, sensory tables, potato sack races, and hot cider.

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October 18, 2019

Joyful Learning in BASIS Independent McLean’s Toddler Program

Laughter, discovery, smiles, playtime—you’ll find these in every BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) Toddler class, just like any toddler room. You’ll also find Mandarin, STEM, performing arts, and more learning mixed in with their curiosity and joy. Our Toddler Program (ages 2–3) is your child’s first classroom, not a daycare.

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October 10, 2019

Teacher Spotlight: Early Learning Teacher Ms. Setty

If you scan the Quarks classroom too fast, you might miss Ms. Setty and her co-teacher, Ms. Johnson, because they are often on the same level as their PreK-1 3-year-old students. They understand where their students are at socially and emotionally and meet them at the level, literally. Ms. Setty is more than just a teacher, she’s a coach, supporter, and friend. She loves hands-on activities that engage her students, as well as helping them learn how to be a good friend.

She is excited to be a member of a teaching staff that not only empowers children to ask big questions, but also builds an atmosphere where teachers are encouraged and expected to ask big questions of themselves and each other. She believes that learning is a lifelong pursuit. We sat down with Ms. Setty to learn more about her passion for PreK-1, what it’s like having a co-teacher, and her own interests!

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October 4, 2019

Introducing Our Mascot, Alma Mater & Fight Song

We are pleased to announce the introduction of our mascot, alma mater, and fight song! At our first pep rally of the year, our Class of 2020 seniors were introduced to the community, followed by the first performances of the alma mater and fight song. You can read and listen to both below.

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September 30, 2019

New Curriculum Initiative at BASIS Independent Schools: SPORK

At BASIS Independent Schools, we are constantly looking for ways to optimize our program while staying true to our foundation of academic excellence.

SPORK is an exciting new tablet-based math textbook program implemented at BASIS Independent Schools this year. The program, which offers many useful applications and learning tools, was initially tested last year at a few of our campuses as a new tool for BASIS Independent students and teachers in select math courses: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I/Geometry, and Algebra II/Geometry. Keep reading to learn more about how this initiative is elevating our curriculum. 

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September 27, 2019

What to Expect at Open House on October 26!

We invite you to join our Open House on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Our Open House is the best way to discover our talented teachers, learn about our advanced curriculum, and meet our dynamic students and parents!

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September 25, 2019

Over 50% of Seniors Honored by National Merit Scholarship Program

In addition to the two Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, 13 BASIS Independent McLean seniors have been named Commended Students. This means more than 50% of BASIS Independent McLean’s Class of 2020 are recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Approximately 34,000 students are recognized nationally as Commended Students for their exception academic promise. Roughly 16,000 students across the nation have qualified as Semifinalists.

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