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March 11, 2021

Student Voice: Neel D. '21 - My College Application Experience and Advice for High Schoolers

This week, our student blogger Neel D. '21 looks back on his college application experience and shares advice for other high schoolers. 

I remember hitting submit for my last college application on January 5th, feeling such a relief I could go back to enjoying life. After 16 different applications that had deadlines spanning from November to January, I just could not wait for my immediate future to be decided by my application readers.

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February 10, 2021

From the Admissions Director: From Regular to Rolling, Next Steps for BIM Admissions

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.

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January 28, 2021

French Honor Society Joins Spanish Honor Society at BASIS Independent McLean

We are proud to induct nine students into the newly recognized BASIS Independent McLean chapter of the Société Honoraire de Français (SHF), the French Honor Society. The inaugural SHF members joined six new members of our Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, the Spanish Honor Society, in a joint in-person, socially distanced induction ceremony on Friday, January 22. 

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January 21, 2021

2020-2021 Student Accomplishments (Part I)

Though many things about fall 2020 were unfamiliar, our students continued to shine through clubs and contests that were held virtually. Here we highlight our students’ accomplishments from the first part of the 2020-2021 school year. Congratulations, Red-Tailed Hawks!

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January 12, 2021

Student Voice: Shalini S. '22 - What's an Asynchronous Day Like?

This week, we have our first student video blogger, Shalini S. '22. This year, our grades 4-12 students are on-campus in a hybrid model: two days on campus, one day where every student distance learns, and two days of asynchronous learning guided by the teacher's directions. Shalini discusses what asynchronous days are like for her.

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January 7, 2021

Student Voice: Benjamin '23 - The Benefits of Seminar Classes

This week, our student blogger, Benjamin W., talks about his experience with our high school seminar classes.

When you think of a classroom, what comes to mind? Many people imagine a class with students sitting in rows, watching a teacher at the front of the classroom leading the class. The students are sitting silently, and respectfully, occasionally raising hands to answer questions posed by the teacher, who may be lecturing.

That is exactly what a seminar class does not look like. Yes, you read that correctly. Seminar. Discussion-based classes usually only appear in college, but I’ve had the privilege of participating in a few history or English seminar classes in high school. The typical class revolves around a student-led discussion. Students do not raise hands to speak. They are trusted to speak at appropriate times: when they have a point to make and someone else has finished speaking.

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