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September 29, 2017

Top 8 for 2018 – Early Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

As you seek an educational environment that best meets the needs of your child(ren), we know that you have a lot of questions. Below are answers to the top 8 questions asked this month about the Early Admissions Round. We are currently accepting applications for preschool (3s and 4s) through grade 10. 

1. What is the difference between Early Admissions and Regular Admissions?
Early Admissions applicants will receive an admissions decision via e-mail by the end of day on December 6, 2017, while Regular Admissions applicants will receive an admissions decision via e-mail by the end of day on March 1, 2018. From focusing on the spring semester to planning to join a few BASIS Independent McLean community and cultural activities, completing the process early allows you and your child(ren) to begin preparing early for the transition to BASIS Independent McLean.

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January 12, 2017

FAQs from Prospective Parents: What are the Application Requirements for Regular Admissions?

BINS McLean English.jpgWe continue our popular series on frequently asked questions from prospective parents to discuss the Regular Admissions application key dates and requirements. The deadline for Regular Admissions is around the corner!

Each admissions season is an exciting time as we have an opportunity to meet with many new families and build great relationships. We are currently in our Regular Admissions cycle, which is coming to a close. The deadline to submit an online application for Regular Admissions for preschool through grade 10 is Tuesday, January 31.

The online application takes about 15 minutes to complete and includes a $50 non-refundable application fee. We ask that all application deliverables are complete in February. Regular Admissions notification is on Friday, March 3. 

Please find listed below the application requirements for all grades once an application is submitted. The teacher recommendation and transcript request forms are in our application portal. Once you submit an application you may download these forms and submit them to your current school to complete. 

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January 5, 2017

What Families Say about BASIS Independent McLean

Many families have asked our Founding Families about their experience to better understand what life is like at BASIS Independent McLean.  Our Admissions Team recently sat down with founding parent Mr. Daisuke Utagawa and his daughter Angelika, a fifth-grader at BASIS Independent McLean to ask a few commonly asked questions of our Founding Families.

Utagawa.jpgMr. Utagawa and his family lived in Washington, D.C. and they wanted to make a change from D.C. Public Schools as their daughter approached middle school.  They were not satisfied with the quality of the public middle schools in Washington D.C. and wanted to ensure that their daughter was challenged by a well-rounded program.

What inspired Mr. Utagawa to apply to BASIS Independent McLean for your daughter?

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January 3, 2017

FAQs from Prospective Parents: How is BASIS Independent Different from the Advanced Academics Program (AAP)?

As a part of our series that answers frequently asked questions we hear from prospective families, how our program is different from the Advanced Academics Program (AAP) is commonly asked at Information Sessions. Below are just a few differentiating elements that our program provides. At BASIS Independent McLean, similar to many PreK-12 schools, we want students to find a program that's the right fit for them.

BASIS Independent McLean offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that is benchmarked to the highest standards in the world. Our program attracts students who are interested in an advanced offering for different reasons, from wanting more challenge to having the opportunity to dive into disciplines taught by a dedicated Subject Expert Teacher. It’s important to note that we are not a Gifted and Talented program. We are a program where any motivated student can excel.

The Advanced Academic Programs is a dedicated offering for many students. Discussed below is where we stand apart, however.

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August 18, 2016

FAQs: Is it too late to apply for the 2016-2017 school year?

As I meet more and more BASIS Independent McLean families at information events and at my popular Coffee Meetings, it is clear by questions asked about our program that we are shaping an engaged, thoughtful parent community. In the seventh installment of my FAQ series, I let you know that it is not too late to apply for the 2016-2017 school year.


School Starts in Less Than Two Weeks. You don’t have any admissions events left in August. Is it too late to apply? And how do I get more information about your school?

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August 5, 2016

WORDS WITH WILL: PERSPECTIVES FROM A BASIS.ed ALUMNUS

We’ve been shouting our delight with Will, our new intern, from the rooftops. Will is not just any intern, he is a BASIS Oro Valley Alumnus, heading into his third year at Princeton University. Will is spending the summer helping us spread the word about BASIS Independent McLean in the northern Virginia community. Could you imagine a better way of spending your summer? We thought we’d bring some of Will’s brilliance to you, put him on the hot seat, and ask him to share with you, our readers, answers to some tough questions about his experience as a BASIS.ed student.

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August 3, 2016

FAQs: Back to School Questions

As I meet more and more BASIS Independent McLean families at information events and at my popular Coffee Meetings, it is clear by questions asked about our program that we are shaping an engaged, thoughtful parent community. In the sixth installment of my FAQ series, I answer some back to school questions.


What about BOSS, school supplies, and bus stops?

For those of you starting to emerge from the fog of summer vacations and beach weekends, I’m hearing a steady hum of “Back to School” questions. You can expect a very detailed email with everything you need to know from our director of communications Bernardine Connelly in the next week or so, but I wanted to give you a quick update to tide you over.

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BOSS. We’ve decided to push BOSS (BASIS Organization Skills for Success) content into the first week of school so that all students have the same access to that content.

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July 29, 2016

WORDS WITH WILL: PERSPECTIVES FROM A BASIS.ed ALUMNUS

We’ve been shouting our delight with Will, our new intern, from the rooftops. Will is not just any intern, he is a BASIS Oro Valley Alumnus, heading into his third year at Princeton University. Will is spending the summer helping us spread the word about BASIS Independent McLean in the northern Virginia community. Could you imagine a better way of spending your summer? We thought we’d bring some of Will’s brilliance to you, put him on the hot seat, and ask him to share with you, our readers, answers to some tough questions about his experience as a BASIS.ed student.

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July 21, 2016

WORDS WITH WILL: PERSPECTIVES FROM A BASIS.ed ALUMNUS

We’ve been shouting our delight with Will, our new intern, from the rooftops. Will is not just any intern, he is a BASIS Oro Valley Alumnus, heading into his third year at Princeton University. Will is spending the summer helping us spread the word about BASIS Independent McLean in the northern Virginia community. Could you imagine a better way of spending your summer? We thought we’d bring some of Will’s brilliance to you, put him on the hot seat, and ask him to share with you, our readers, answers to some tough questions about his experience as a BASIS.ed student.

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