Following a year like no other, I took a First Day of School (FDoS) photo of my son wearing a mask for the second year in a row. This year, he barely noticed the mask as he smiled, laughed, and played surrounded by new and returning PreK-2 friends.

Marcus_FDoS_2-1Even as the COVID variant rages on, our Red-Tailed Hawks from age 2-grade 12 are ready for a new year – a year of exploration, discovery, and learning; a year of caring about our community and working to keep each other safe; a year of sports and clubs allowing them to further develop passions and pursue new ones; another year like no other!

2022-23 Application Live

I am delighted to share that our 2022-23 application is now live! The application is open for students from age 2-grade 10. Start your application today.

If you are new to our blog, welcome! For those returning, welcome back! Please use our website, blogs, and social media to research our school. And, if you have not yet joined our interest list, join here. As a member of our interest list, you will continue to receive important admissions information on application deadlines, upcoming events, and community traditions and achievements, as well as, our approach to this school year.

Key Admissions Dates & Deadlines

We have two admission cycles: Early Admissions and Regular Admissions. The applications for both cycles are now open, and the requirements for both cycles are the same. The main differences are the application deadlines and notification and response timelines. If you know that BASIS Independent McLean is your top choice, we encourage you to apply during Early Admissions to secure your child’s place as quickly as possible. Let’s review the deadlines and timelines associated with each cycle.

Early Admissions

  • Application Submission Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2021
  • Application Completion Deadline: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  • Decision Released: Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • Response Deadline: Monday, January 10, 2022


Regular Admissions

  • Application Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 20, 2022
  • Application Completion Deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • Decision Released: Thursday, March 3, 2022
  • Response Deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Regardless of which cycle you choose, the Admissions team recommends that you get started on your application today!


Marcus_FDoS_1-1Visit Us (In-Person and Virtual Options Available)
Last year, COVID-19 changed the traditional format for many of our get-to-know-us activities. As we begin this admissions cycle, we are able to offer some on-campus and some virtual opportunities. While again, the format for these on-campus and in-person opportunities must change (to protect both our guests and our learning community), the BIM Admissions team remains ready to get to know your family, share our school, and welcome you.

We will continue to update the Admissions Events page on our website with additional informational programs, so please check back regularly. From Information Sessions to Open Houses and tours to Shadow Days, we are busy planning robust experiences for your family (whether you meet us in-person or virtually).

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me at stephanie.cancienne@basisindependent.com or 703.854.1253. As always, we look forward to getting to know your family and your child! Perhaps next year we can arrive on campus together without a mask!