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January 25, 2023

Student Spotlight: Senior First to Sequence the Genome of Freshwater Angelfish and Wins Davidson Fellowship for Research on CRISPR Viral Therapies

I.M.BASIS Independent Silicon Valley student Indeever M., Class of 2023, has become the first person in the world to sequence the genome of the freshwater angelfish! 

Indeever sequenced the genome of his pet angelfish Calvin after it died in March this past year. “Although my fish was dead, I wanted to preserve it forever,” he says. "So I decided to sequence the genome of the angelfish with the hopes that I could contribute that information to the scientific community, and so that the angelfish could one day be used as a model organism for biological research!” 

You can view his sequence data on this public database and his research paper describing his work was published here

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January 18, 2023

A Day in the Life: Grade 1 with Jake X., Class of 2034

J.X.Our Day in the Life series for this school year begins in Grade 1 with Jake, Class of 2034!

Grade 1 students travel from classroom to classroom with their Learning Expert Teacher (LET). They have six classes a day with their Subject Expert Teachers (SET), a mid-morning and mid-afternoon recess, along with their lunch and recess time. Their first class of the day begins at 8:15 AM and their last class ends at 3:50 PM. 

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January 9, 2023

Student Spotlight: Junior Selected for World Science Scholars Program

Peng, MaggieThe World Science Scholars (WSS) program, an initiative of the World Science Festival, has announced its newest and largest class, with 55 young Scholars from 13 countries. These exceptionally talented mathematical minds will have an unparalleled opportunity to apply their abilities to unexplored disciplines.

Led by world-renowned experts, Scholars examine the ways that advanced mathematics skills can be applied to solve complex challenges in a wide range of multidisciplinary fields.

One of our very own BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Bobcats, Maggie Peng, Class of 2024, has been selected as a World Science Scholar.

Congratulations Maggie!

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January 1, 2023

Top 5 Blogs of 2022

2022 has been quite a year! We regularly publish articles on student life, our community, school accomplishments, and more to both celebrate and highlight our Bobcat community. From college acceptance information to our lower campus ribbon-cutting ceremony, read on to review the Top 5 most-read blog posts of 2022.

We look forward to 2023, and what our amazing community will accomplish in the next year. 

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December 23, 2022

Why Latin? A Conversation with Teacher Mentor, Ms. Odell

0057_ODELL_HEATHER_01"Why Latin?" is a common question we receive every year when families look at our curriculum. The study of Latin as a World Language course starts in Grade 5 and continues through Grade 6. Beginning in Grade 7, our students choose their own World Language course and those interested in advancing their Latin understanding can continue to take it from Grade 7 to their senior year of high school. 

There is no one better equipped to answer the question, "Why Latin?" than one of our own Subject Expect Latin Teachers, and Teacher Mentor, Ms. Odell. 

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December 12, 2022

10 Tips to Prepare Teens for Their High School Career

BINS TWToby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools, shares insights on steps teenagers can take to prepare them to excel in high school. Mr. Walker served as Head of School for BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for more than five years before moving into the role of VP of the network. He was also an AP History Subject Expert Teacher at a BASIS Curriculum School.

High school brings many new experiences and changes for teens that can present themselves as scary if they lack proper preparation. Succeeding in high school is important for setting students on the right path for college and beyond. Here are some simple steps that teens can follow to get them ready for their high school years.

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October 25, 2022

Fall 2023: Top 10 Questions Asked Every Admissions Season

Every admissions season we field hundreds of questions about the admissions process, our program, the transition, student life, electives, extracurriculars, and so much more! 

While we are happy to speak to every one of our families, we notice the same questions being asked consistently. 

Keep reading below to learn more about the top ten questions asked every admissions season. 

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September 26, 2022

BASIS Independent Schools Scores Top National Rankings by Niche

The 2023 Niche school rankings are in and BASIS Independent Schools has remained a rankings powerhouse! The BASIS Independent Schools network now comprises six campuses—three of which have graduating classes—in locations across New York, Northern Virginia, the Bay Area, and the greater Seattle area. We are thrilled that campuses across our network continue to achieve such impressive national recognition year after year.

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September 22, 2022

31 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Students Honored as National Merit Semifinalists

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program – including 31 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $28 million that will be offered next spring.


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