Posts about Primary School Program

April 13, 2019

See "I Hear America Singing" Kindergarten-Grade 5 Musical (photos)

In "I Hear America Singing," each kindergarten through grade 5 class sang and danced to tunes that highlighted the United States and its military. The patriotic performance showcased the hard work and months of practice of our students and Subject Expert Teachers Mr. Junsay and Ms. Michalak.

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February 6, 2019

Staff Spotlight: Director of Student Affairs of Toddler-Grade 3 Ms. Korik

Walking into our Early Learning entrance (for Toddler, PreK, and Kindergarten families) you’ll see fun photos of Early Learning students in class, a dry erase board with a question of the week for students to answer, and often Director of Toddler-Grade 3 Cassie Korik because her office is right off the atrium. She loves greeting families and getting to know parents and siblings as much as the students she serves.

Though much of Ms. Korik’s time is dedicated to supporting teachers and assisting parents, the highlights of her day are when she visits classrooms. Every class she enters is filled with smiling students engaging in hands-on lessons with their peers and teachers. We sat down with her to get to know her, what she enjoys about her role, and why she’s excited about our Early Learning (including our new Toddler) and primary programs.

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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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March 27, 2018

From Inside the Classroom: Primary (Grades 1–4)

Our new Associate Director of Admissions Ms. Knapp wants to help prospective families learn more about what it's like to attend BASIS Independent McLean! In this next part of her blog series, Ms. Knapp sat down with some of our primary students in grades 1–4 to learn more about their favorite parts of the school day. 

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June 5, 2017

Primary School - A Parent Perspective

Admissions recently interviewed Katherine Schroder, parent of three children at BASIS Independent McLean, in grades 2, 5, and 7. Katherine shared her insights on what makes the primary school (grades 1-4) a magical and unique learning environment.

What words would you use to describe the primary school at BASIS Independent McLean?


Joyful and active. The joy is in the classrooms. The hands-on projects energize my second grader and keep her excited for school.  She hates to miss even a single day! 


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