We are proud of senior Alexander Y. ’19 for being named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test.
The Academy at BASIS Independent McLean is an optional innovation to the BASIS Curriculum for our students in grades 8-12, starting with grades 8-10 in the 2019-2020 school year. The Academy offers students an in-depth study of English and history, taking a text-based, seminar-style, writing-intensive approach. Students who choose this program fulfill humanities requirements specific to The Academy at BASIS Independent McLean, including taking honors history seminars that focus on core primary texts, and taking AP Seminar and AP Research that both focus on conducting original research. Students in the new program continue to take the additional BASIS Curriculum courses with their BASIS Independent McLean peers. Students who choose to enroll in The Academy will have their humanities courses replace the usual AP History and select English requirements for BASIS Independent McLean students.
We are proud of Charan R. ’20 and Maria-Teresa T. ’21, who placed first and third, respectively, in the Mandarin Chinese Speech Contest sponsored by Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools. Both competed in the intermediate group for the D.C. region against other area schools.
We had an exciting second year here at the home of the Red-Tailed Hawks! As our student body grew, so did our community, events, and student achievements.
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).
Laughter filled the BASIS Independent McLean Theatre during three rousing performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For months, 22 students in grades 6 through 9 rehearsed after school to learn their lines, perfect their blocking, and nail their comedic timing. The students studied iambic pentameter, analyzed their character's arc, and worked on character motivations to perfect their craft.
Enjoy photos from the performance below.
Tad B., grade 9, came to BASIS Independent McLean from another private school. “I came to BASIS Independent McLean because I liked the well-rounded liberal arts and science focus and I liked the individualization that a smaller school provides. I was impressed with the Head of School, Mr. Sean Aiken, when I came to visit BASIS Independent and how he got to know me personally and my interest in transportation, including bridges and traffic patterns.”
Tad defines the culture at BASIS Independent as “academically focused, diverse, and supportive.” He said that the students come from a variety of backgrounds and schools. “The teachers and deans hold the students accountable but also want them to succeed and are willing to invest their time and help students however they can.” Tad also likes that fact that his teachers are subject matter experts. “I've never had a teacher with a doctorate before and six of my eight teachers at BASIS Independent McLean have a doctorate. My teachers are passionate about their subject areas and can go deeper into each subject as a result of their background and experience.”
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.