On Wednesday, September 13, 2023, ofﬁcials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semiﬁnalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program – including 3 BASIS Independent McLean students. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.
We are excited to have our halls filled again with the laughter and chatter of happy students moving between classes and to see our passionate, expert teachers using engaging and interactive learning to bring subjects to life. And, we can't wait to see what will come as these talented Red-Tailed Hawks learn and grow this school year.
The start of school also means the beginning of the 2024-25 admissions process. So, your child's BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) journey begins here. As you explore our curriculum and community, it is our goal to show you how BIM can prepare your child to soar!
Congratulations to the Class of 2023!
We are exceptionally proud of our seniors' achievements as they move forward to the next phase of their exciting academic journey. As they are about to step into the world’s top colleges and universities this fall, we know they are prepared to excel, determined to stand apart, and ready to prove the success of the BASIS Curriculum.
The Class of 2023 from our three high schools including, BASIS Independent Brooklyn, McLean, and Silicon Valley have yet again set the standard in national and international college acceptances. For the Class of 2023, the past school years have been filled with countless hours of test preparation, essay writing, campus visits, and more. The hard work and determination over this and prior years have shown as our graduates are now well-prepared to enter world-renowned higher education institutions and thrive.
Congratulations to the Class of 2023! Your success in the college application process is impressive and commendable! The list below shows the adventurous and inspiring nature of this year’s class. While additional acceptances are still possible from waitlists, all seniors have secured a spot at an amazing institution of higher education for the next four years.
Congratulations to “Rainbow,” the student team from BASIS Independent Fremont, on winning the inaugural “BINS Means Business” competition. This is a startup pitch contest that any high school student or student team from each of our BASIS Independent Schools (BINS) can enter. The contestants competed locally at each of their schools presenting a business idea following the Y Combinator pitch deck format. Then the school winners advanced to the finals which were held February 25th over Zoom. The five finalists split $10,000, with $5,000 and $[2,000] awarded to the winner and runner up, to allocate to a charity of their choice. This year’s theme was “sustainability” and students participated from BASIS Independent Brooklyn, Fremont, Manhattan, McLean, and Silicon Valley.
Though many things about fall 2022 were unfamiliar, our students continued to shine through clubs and contests that were held in person and virtually. Here, we highlight our students’ accomplishments from the first part of the 2022-2023 school year. Congratulations, Red-Tailed Hawks!
Toby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools, shares insights on steps teenagers can take to prepare them to excel in high school. Mr. Walker served as Head of School for BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for more than five years before moving into the role of VP of the network. He was also an AP History Subject Expert Teacher at a BASIS Curriculum School.
High school brings many new experiences and changes for teens that can present themselves as scary if they lack proper preparation. Succeeding in high school is important for setting students on the right path for college and beyond. Here are some simple steps that teens can follow to get them ready for their high school years.
Here, at BASIS Independent McLean, I am surrounded by students, teachers, and administrators who inspire me each day, and I am so thankful to be part of such a dynamic learning community - a community that appreciates advanced academics and a spirit of collaboration.
As we start this season of gratitude, I also want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about BIM. I hope that our stories of learning and fun have inspired your family to join us.
What better way to understand life as a Red-Tailed Hawk than to experience it for yourself! At BIM, we invite applicants to grades 5 and above to join us for a morning on campus and see what life is really like for our Red-Tailed Hawks!
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! McLean is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.