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June 21, 2018

Successful Second Annual Field Day

Our campus is usually filled with Red-Tailed Hawk pride, but on June 8, BASIS Independent McLean was filled with support for the red, hot pink, light green, yellow, and eight other colored teams. In our second annual Field Day, students were divided into multi-grade teams to participate in fun group activities.

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June 15, 2018

Why Mandarin?

This blog has been repurposed from the BASIS.ed blog with a few minor changes, which you can find here

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June 8, 2018

100+ Students Honored in National Foreign Language Contests

We are thrilled that our students thrive in learning various languages. Every April, our students participate in the national French, Latin, and Spanish exams, which are taken by students across the country. All of the students below will be recognized when foreign language awards are given out during awards assemblies on the last day of school.

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June 1, 2018

What Do Students Do After AP Exams? The College and Career Boot Camp

AP exams are held the first two weeks of May, but school doesn’t get out until a month later, so it’s a common question: What do students in AP classes do after AP exams? Most classes do a cumulative paper or project to productively conclude the course; however immediately after AP Exams, all BASIS Independent McLean high school students participated in the College and Career Boot Camp (CCBC).

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May 31, 2018

Summer Spotlight: Science Exploration

A fan-favorite summer camp is returning from last year: Science Exploration! From building gliders to investigate which design goes the furthest to making ice cream using liquid nitrogen, students will have a blast learning by creating.

Students will engage in hands-on, group-based chemistry, biology, and engineering experiments to deepen their understanding of scientific concepts. There are two age groups for this camp, grades 1–4 and grades 5–8, and each will have age-appropriate experiments. Middle school students will also gain improved laboratory skills, learn how to properly read a graduated cylinder, and light a Bunsen burner.

We spoke with Science Expert Teacher Dr. Hartman to learn more about this electrifying course. Read her full bio here.

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May 25, 2018

Parent Expertise: The Future of Technology

Just as our community is enriched by the wide range of student interests, it is enhanced by the vast knowledge and expertise of our parents. Dr. Reggie Brothers, father of Jasmine ’24, recently spoke to our high school students and our parents in separate presentations about the future of human technology.

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May 23, 2018

Summer Spotlight: The Eighties: A Dystopian Decade

Whether or not you’ve ever heard of Night Rider, Space Invaders, or the game console Atari, our summer English Enrichment summer course, The Eighties: A Dystopian Decade, will get you excited about the 1980s. This course will explore the notion of dystopia through the fictional world of Ready Player One, the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline and 2017 movie by Stephen Spielberg. For students entering grades 5–8, the camp will help improve their critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them for middle and high school.

We spoke with English Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Sharp about his gnarly summer course and the decade it focuses on. Read Mr. Sharp’s full bio here.

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May 21, 2018

Class of 2018 College Acceptances

The following blog is repurposed with minor edits from our sister school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Please join with us in congratulating their newest graduating seniors on their many achievements and in wishing them well as they head off to some of the top colleges and universities in the world. 

A round of applause for the Class of 2018, please! Our soon-to-be graduates have completed their final year at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, and we could not be more honored to have had the opportunity to guide them to this pivotal point in their lives.

Not only have these students conquered a rigorous senior year filled with capstone courses, which required a deep dive into high-level content, many of our seniors participated in Senior Projects or AP Research Projects. Throughout it all, they worked hard to find and apply to colleges that they believe will be the best fit for their skills and interests. As a result of their extraordinary efforts—not just this year, but through their entire academic journeys—our Class of 2018 has gained entry to some of the oldest and most selective universities: California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and Stanford University, just to name a few.

Read on for the complete list, and please help us congratulate our 2018 Bobcats!

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May 18, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Math SET Ms. Baljee

Math is more than just numbers to Ms. Baljee, our grade 5 and 6 Pre-Algebra and grade 4 Math & Science Subject Expert Teacher. She sees math as a way to explore nature, logic, and the world. Through her interactive lessons, she introduces students to thinking about math through these lenses. And based on the smiles ever-present in her classroom, students love it as much as she does!

We sat down with Ms. Baljee to learn more about why it’s important to know math is more than arithmetic, the benefits of hands-on activities in the classroom, and her love of dance.  Read her full bio here.

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