In a global economy, in an environment that is hyperconnected to a substantial amount of information and knowledge sharing, students need to be prepared with the skills to actively participate, not spectate. When students are participants, they can synthesize large amounts of information to make significant contributions for themselves and for those around them.
For these reasons and more, BASIS Independent Schools adheres to a simple and powerful mission - to educate students to the highest international levels. We benchmark our program to the best education systems in the world and in the process, have developed a global best practices approach to education from toddlers to grade 12.
How do we measure the outcomes of our mission? We look to the gold standard, the OECD and PISA.
Red-Tailed Hawks not only work hard, but also play hard. Nearly 80% of our students, from preschool through grade 11, chose to participate in at least one auxiliary program. More than half of all students participated in at least two enrichment activities. Year-round clubs included Math Clubs (for middle and upper school), Yoga, Lego Club, Quiz Bowl, and Classics Club.
Our after school music program, led by our own Mr. Junsay, offered individualized instruction for percussion, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, flute, and strings. Music students of all experience levels showcased their efforts to their parents and peers at the Spring Concert. From "Hot Cross Buns" for our beginners, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", and the "Star Wars" main theme for our advanced musicians.
It's difficult to choose just a few, but let's look back at some of the highlights from our first school year.
Learning Expert Teacher Dolores Peck's second graders studied seafaring transportation and then connected math, engineering, and art by making a seven foot model of a clipper ship main mast.
On the surface, the mission of BASIS Independent Schools is pretty simple. Ask any of us to repeat it, and like members of any mission-driven organization, we will enthusiastically share that “our mission is to raise the standards of our students’ learning to the highest international levels.” But what exactly does it mean to offer a program that raises the standards of learning to the highest international levels? What does global readiness look like?
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! McLean is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.