As we settle into the wintery, snowy month of February, it is an exciting time to be a Red-Tailed Hawk. From our seniors wrapping up their final Capstone classes before leaving campus to complete their Senior Projects to our Early Learning Program celebrating the 100th day of school, change, growth, and discovery are all around us.

In the Admissions world, the Regular Admissions deadline has passed, and over the next month, the Admissions Committee will read applications in preparation for the Regular Admissions decision release date of March 4. Plus, we have already opened the Rolling Admissions cycle.

We have spent months sharing our school community and getting to know the next group of Red-Tailed Hawks through newly designed virtual events. From our January Virtual Open House, which you can check out segments of here, to our Virtual Information Sessions, providing a power-packed, 45 minutes overview of our age 2-grade 12 community, we continue to develop new and exciting ways for potential families to experience our campus virtually. Thank you to all of you who were able to attend one of these events!

And, we have seen a record number of applications submitted in response to these new and exciting virtual events! Over this month, the focus of the Admissions team will shift to application reading. When reading applications during the work day, in the evenings, and throughout the weekend, we have the chance to sit back and look at each child’s academic journey and goals. We, at BASIS Independent McLean (BIM), will spend the next month helping each family determine if our school is a good fit for their child(ren). We know that fit matters! And, it is our goal to partner with you in determining if BIM is the right choice for your child and your family.

New Red-Tailed Hawks admitted on March 4 will have until March 23 to complete the acceptance process. During the month of March, the Admissions team will deliver a dynamic group of admitted student experiences to welcome these new families to BIM and to help them get connected with our current families and new families from our Early Admissions cycle.

Moving into Rolling Admissions, I want to provide some guidance on how this cycle works. During this cycle, decisions are released on a rolling and space-available basis on or after March 23. The Committee continues to meet about every 10-days to review the newly completed applications and release decisions. Families admitted during the early part of the Rolling Admissions process have 10 days to accept their offer of admission.

As I sit on my couch this evening with a warm cup of tea, I want to thank our Regular Admissions applicants and families for the time that they have taken to learn more about our dynamic learning community and for the time that they have taken to complete the application process. I look forward to reading all your applications, and welcoming many of you into our Red-Tailed Hawk family.

For those who are considering our Rolling Admissions process, please remember that early action is still key! As we get deeper into spring and summer, two key challenges can arise: 1) space availability in select grades and 2) preparation time to be best poised for a successful transition. So, reach out now, and let’s get connected!

Tomorrow morning, I will return to campus, and it will be the 101st day of school. The cold and frigid February mornings of 20 and 30 degrees will soon yield to the warmer days of spring. Our seniors will leave campus for those Senior Projects, and I will follow their experience via their blogs (instead of seeing them on campus). And, I can’ wait, like many of you, for March 4, when I can call and congratulate the next group of New Red-Tailed Hawks!