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July 11, 2019

Term Project Trip 2019: Thailand

The last week of school means Term Project Week at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Term Project Week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multidisciplinary projects and to engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various grade levels. Students are grouped with Term Project Teachers for each project.

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July 9, 2019

Term Project Trip 2019: Hawaii

The last week of school means Term Project Week at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Term Project Week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multidisciplinary projects and to engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various grade levels. Students are grouped with Term Project Teachers for each project.

These projects challenge our students to be cooperative learners and to function as a team. We offer a variety of options each year, and strive to add new projects each year based on both faculty and student interest.

Trips, both domestic and international, are offered every year. This year we had a group of our Bobcats journey to Hawaii! 

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July 3, 2019

Term Project Trip 2019: Catalina Island

The last week of school means Term Project Week at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Term Project Week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multidisciplinary projects and to engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various grade levels. Students are grouped with Term Project Teachers for each project.

These projects challenge our students to be cooperative learners and to function as a team. We offer a variety of options each year, and strive to add new projects each year based on both faculty and student interest.

Trips, both domestic and international, are offered every year and one of our most popular trips is to Catalina Island!


Forty 6th and 7th grade students, along with five teachers, journeyed together for our annual BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Catalina trip. This trip is a popular one. Every year our students and staff enjoy fun, challenging, and motivating experiences.

Our students did everything from night snorkeling, hiking, and kayaking, to ultimate frisbee and campfire skits. They were fed delicious, freshly prepared food and slept in tents! Our students braved it all and came home with wonderful stories and unforgettable memories.

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June 27, 2019

2018-2019: Oh What a Year!

The fifth academic year at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley was a monumentally successful one! From individual interests, to club competitions, to students being encouraged by their peers or teachers to, "go out and get it!", we saw our students step up to the challenge.

Whether it was at local meets or in national competitions, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students made themselves known as a force to be reckoned with. Join us in congratulating our Bobcats on a job well done!

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June 8, 2019

2018 - 2019 OECD Results

The OECD results are in! We have crunched the numbers and, once again, our students are out performing the top countries and regions in the world. This is an assessment that tests critical-thinking and the application of knowledge not rote memorization.  

Congratulations to our students!

Below is some information regarding the OECD test for schools based on the PISA and our results.

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June 5, 2019

5th Grade Day At The Park

Recently, our 5th grade students were able to work with our local Parks and Recreation Department by sprucing up a local park. They were given a very large pile of playground bark and asked to move it into the play area. It was a warm day but our students worked together and closely measured out the material, trying their best to keep the areas as level as possible. 

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With shovels, wheelbarrows, and teamwork, our students were able to accomplish exactly what they had set out to do! The park looks great and it now has a safer area to play. Way to go Bobcats!

We also received a letter from the local volunteer coordinator, thanking our students for their hard work. 

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May 29, 2019

On Five Years: Part III

Part III of our five-year anniversary series features Subject Expert Teacher Dr. Parson, who has taught high school history for the five years BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has been open. Remember to read part I and part II of our celebration series as well!

Our Head of School Mr. Walker took a few moments to share some thoughts about the ever-popular Dr. Parson. 

Dr. Parson has been the AP U.S. Government teacher at this campus since our founding year. He has, in his time here, taught other classes however, he is universally recognized as the "AP Gov Guy". What an interesting time it has been to study government these past five years! Dr. Parson has provided the inspiration and guidance for many in-depth political conversations that have, I'm sure, spilled over from the classroom to the dinner table. Through his expert instruction Dr. Parson has produced students that are not only able to articulate their own personal view points, but are also respectful and inclusive of others. 

Each day, Dr. Parson brings history and law to life for his students. We wanted to get the nitty gritty on his experience, perspective, and day-to-day over the last five years:  

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May 22, 2019

Words of Wisdom From A Class of 2019 Graduate

The college admissions process is something you’ve never experienced before—no matter who you are, or what you’ve done. As a senior who is graduating in a week, I just wanted to share some advice with current students and their parents—many of who are probably imagining what this day is going to be like for them, a day when classes are over and the most stressful thing is figuring out how to log onto your college portal.

There’s a few things that I think worked well for me during the college application process. In terms of finalizing my college list, my parents and I prioritized college visits before the beginning of senior year. I dedicated two weeks of my summer to visiting colleges, and I think attending tours and information sessions were the most important factor in deciding what schools I applied to, and what schools were a good “fit” for me.

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May 8, 2019

Four BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Students Named National Merit Scholarship Winners in 2019!

Congratulations to the following students who have been announced as National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners

 Jaydev B., Shiven G., Sahil J., and Krystal J. Y.!

From approximately 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 were named Semifinalists - 19 of them were BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. 
 
"Congratulations to all four students on receiving this impressive recognition! All of these students are real scholars but also well-rounded participants in their school community." - Mr. Toby Walker, Head of School

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May 3, 2019

Student Spotlight: Junior Recognized For Founding Nonprofit

Tanvi B., Class of 2020, began going to homeless shelters when she was 7 years old. At a young age, Tanvi learned that the typical homeless child is raised in an environment of instability, where parent(s) are struggling to make ends meet and their priority is only centered on fulfilling basic needs. She believes that a lack of special birthday celebrations for these underprivileged children leads to further 'homelessness' and insecurity for them as they are deprived of the normal upbringing every child deserves.

This sparked an idea in her to start the No Birthday Left Behind program. Her goal was to bring a smile to a homeless child's face by throwing birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters. Tanvi is the founder of this nonprofit and the program and her efforts have been recognized in numerous ways.

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