We are very much looking forward to our highly-anticipated Meet The Alumni Event on March 18 at 12:30 PM. Families are invited to our Head of School and three alumni from BASIS Oro Valley. BASIS Oro Valley was ranked the #1 school in the United States by the Washington Post in 2016. Though BASIS Independent McLean is new to Northern Virginia, the BASIS name carries with it a legacy of preparing students to attend some of the world's best colleges and universities. The alumni who will be in attendance at the event are no exception. Currently attending Virginia Tech, Duke, and Haverford College, these former BASIS students embody the preparation for great things that a BASIS education affords. Leading up to March 18, we want to give you a sneak peek of some of the alumni that you will meet.

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Anthony DeFilippis, BASIS Oro Valley Class of 2014
College: Virginia Tech
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Minor(s): Computer Science and Japanese 

When did you start at BASIS? Tell us about transitioning to the program in high school.

I transitioned at the start of high school as a freshman. The school had just opened up and in the beginning I struggled, but I kept going! The BASIS education I received has definitely helped me not only get into college but also in college as well.

Did you do a senior project? If so, what was it about?

I ended up interning in an industry position for my senior project. Simplistically, it was with lasers and was really fun. It helped me learn more about industry work, and helps to make my resume stand out and opens up more opportunities in college.

What advice do you have for kids considering BASIS?

BASIS isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean it can't be for you. If you buckle down and work hard it is (in my opinion) the best educations you can receive. It opened up so many opportunities for me. If you struggle, the teachers here really want to see you succeed and are willing to help you study during office hours or whenever they can.

How would you describe the culture of BASIS?

With a new school, the culture is ultimately what you make it. There is going to be a great focus on learning and education, but through extracurricular clubs and project weeks you can do so much more through the school. I've run Astronomy Club, Computer Science Club, and was in a Cooking Club, just to name a few. There's no reason why school can't be fun, you just have to make it fun.

When you think of your BASIS teachers ‐ what comes to mind?

BASIS teachers really do want their students to succeed. They are passionate about their subject, and want to share that passion with their students. They really just want everyone not just pass, but do well in their classes.

Don't miss our Meet The Alumni Event on March 18 at 12:30 PM!

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