In their final trimester as BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students, after seniors have emerged from a deep dive into university-level, content-heavy capstone courses and completed the demanding college application process, they participate in their Senior Project—a high-level research project centered around a question or topic of their choosing. Some of our students are already a year in to the two year commitment that is the Senior Research Project.
What are Senior Projects and Senior Research Projects?
There are two different ways that seniors may participate in research. The Senior Project is the culmination of the BASIS Curriculum, and the final challenge our seniors face at the end of their academic journeys—the crown jewel of their high school experience and culmination of everything they have learned throughout their time at BASIS Independent Schools. Senior Projects started with the BASIS Curriculum Schools' network very first senior class, in the spring of 2005. This program, at its core, is an entirely student-led (though professionally supervised) independent research project. The Senior Research Project is two years in the making. Students take AP Seminar as juniors, and then tackle AP Research as seniors. They have an additional layer of over site in their projects as they must submit their findings to the College Board for a score.
Everyone remembers that one teacher—the one that left such a strong impression that you actually started to call English your favorite class even when you’ve always been a “math person.” To paraphrase BASIS Independent Brooklyn French Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Mandeville, at BASIS Independent Schools, all teachers are that one teacher—each one forges a true connection between their students and the lessons being taught, instilling in them an avid love for their subject. Good luck asking one of our students what their favorite class is. They either tell you, “all of them!” or, “it changes each year!”
Our dedication to hiring world-class teachers is one of the reasons our network and students have seen such notable success over the years—from achieving top results on the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA) and Advanced Placement exams, to our students gaining admission to some of the world’s best colleges, including Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and more. Our robust teacher recruiting process is designed to find and hire high-caliber educators who inspire students to gain the knowledge, confidence, and critical-thinking skills to accomplish whatever they set their minds to.
To help families better understand what goes into ensuring every teacher at school is their child’s favorite teacher, we want to provide you with a look inside our teacher selection and hiring process.
Ms. McCollum is a College Counselor at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. She started at the school on the Admissions Team, and after a few years made a transition to the College Counseling office to be on the other side of the admissions process. She enjoys working with our Bobcats and helping them determine which colleges and universities are the best fit for their interests and goals.
Throughout the shelter in place orders we’ve had many Zoom meetings with families of sophomore and junior Bobcats and one question is coming up more than any other: What should we do this summer?
The college placement results for the Class of 2020 have arrived!
The results are in and from coast-to-coast, BASIS Independent Schools continues to shine with impressive college placements! We are incredibly excited to share the Class of 2020 college placement results from across the network including BASIS Independent Brooklyn, McLean, and Silicon Valley. The Class of 2020 represents a total of 129 BASIS Independent seniors who submitted nearly 2,500 college applications.
Our seniors have all worked tremendously hard to achieve these results, and we could not be prouder of all that they have accomplished. It is the commitment, intellectual curiosity, and grit of our seniors, coupled with the dedication and passion of our Subject Expert Teachers, and the guidance and support of our College Guidance Coordinators that result in the extraordinary outcomes for our seniors every year. As the next chapter begins for our BASIS Independent graduates, they will enter their selected higher institution prepared to excel. We look forward to hearing more about their valuable contributions during their college years and beyond.
In a word? Kindness. Our Bobcats are many things: they are intelligent, they are resourceful, and they are driven towards success. Most importantly, if our Bobcats see that someone needs help, they will go out of their way to make sure that person is supported. In this specific case, a group of our students have embarked on an amazing project to help our front line medical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 11 of our students have been working diligently in various ways to support the local medical community.
Uplifting Hope Together is a community focused group comprised of BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Students including Andrew L. (class of 2022), Anthony Z. (class of 2020), Aprille X. (class of 2022), Bridget L. (class of 2024), Chris T. (class of 2025), Christopher Z. (class of 2022), Ellie X. (class of 2024), Evan W. (class of 2023), Maximus W. (class of 2024), Melinda W. (class of 2026), and Vienna S. (class of 2025). During our first week of distance learning, Aprille and Ellie reached out to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SVVMC) to find out what types of supplies they needed. This amazing group of students then used their own money to purchase and donate medical supplies such as gloves, hand sanitizer, antiseptic, and other items for sanitation. As this project continues to grow, their priority is making donations to hospitals and nursing homes, to help keep at risk staff and residents safe. Many family members and friends were also encouraged by their efforts, and over 5,000 masks were donated by those inspired by Uplifting Hope Together. With their message resonating with so many, it is really impossible to tally their impact.
It is no secret that Bobcats love science. Our amazing students regularly participate in science competitions at the local, regional and national level. Obviously, things are a bit different now and institutions of learning are taking many activities online to adhere to California's Shelter-in-Place order.
We have received amazing news about how our Bobcats have fared at these virtual competitions. Recently, The Synopsys Science Fair and the BioEHS Bioengineering Competition were both held remotely.
What a year for the class of 2020! While a lot of things have been atypical regarding many aspects of education over the past few months, one thing is certain regarding our Bobcats--and it is that they have bright, exciting futures ahead of them. “This group of students is especially collaborative and resilient. We watched them form a community in which every single member of the senior class was included. I especially enjoyed watching them set an example for the rest of the student body, and I wish them the best of luck as they move on to the next step on their respective journeys,” said Ms. Batrachenko, one of our College Guidance Coordinators.
We are so excited to share our current list of college acceptances for the intrepid class of 2020. Additional acceptances will continue to trickle in, however this is certainly a list worth sharing now. Please join us in joyful congratulations for our seniors. Their hard work, intellectual curiosity, kindness, spirit, and ideas will carry them forward and we look to their contributions. We are Bobcat proud!
Congratulations to the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Investment Club on first and second place wins in the Stock Market Game. This is the third year in a row BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has placed first in the state of California.
Out of approximately 4,000 California competitors, Madhav R. placed first, turning that $100,000 into $250,000 for a 150% return. Jason C. placed second investing $214,000 for a 114% return. In the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Stock Market Game, students invest $100,000 of virtual money in real stocks, competing for the highest return. This year’s game ran from September 9, 2019 to April 17, 2020.
Congratulations to the following students who have been announced as National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners:
Amy H., Mitali K., and Adit S.!
BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Summer has launched amazing classes for summer 2020! Read on to learn about a few of our featured programs, and their fantastic teachers. Discover our full list of For-Credit offerings here. Get ready for a BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Summer!
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Silicon Valley is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.