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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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May 1, 2019

2019 Senior Projects at BASIS Independent Schools

It is with excitement and pride that we usher in this year’s grand finale of the BASIS Independent Schools academic program: Senior Projects!

In their final trimesters as BASIS Independent Schools students, after seniors have already taken a deep dive into university-level, content-heavy capstone courses and undertaken the demanding college application process, they face their Senior Project—a high-level research project centered around a question or topic of their choosing.

Last year, we saw our third graduating class of seniors at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley begin this journey and come out enlightened, confident, and humbled. In 2019, we now welcome the first graduating class at BASIS Independent Brooklyn to join the rest of our network’s seniors.

In this blog post, we will cover the basics of the Senior Project, how it prepares our students for the challenges that await them in college and even their future careers, and why it sets our program above the rest. We’ve spoken with a few of the students from our 2019 senior classes at both BASIS Independent Silicon Valley and BASIS Independent Brooklyn to provide an inside look into this incredible journey.

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April 19, 2019

Student Spotlight: AP Computer Science A Perfect Score Achieved By Sophomore

 

We are incredibly proud to announce that Wilson W., Class of 2020, earned a perfect score in last year’s AP Computer Science A exam!

 "The AP Computer Science A course is an introductory course in computer science. The major theme of the course is problem solving. The goals of the course are comparable to those in the introductory course for computer science majors offered in many college and university computer science departments. AP Computer Science A is not something you can memorize - it is challenging.

When I think of Wilson as a student the phrase that comes to my mind is brilliant, but humble. There is more than one way to solve problems in Computer Science and he explores all of them. Simply put, his solutions are elegant. Writing a big program is great, but writing a small, effective, and elegant program is more impressive and this is exactly Wilson's style.

He is a student I would be proud to copy and paste. Congratulations Wilson!" 
- Ms. Bhattacharya, Wilson's AP Computer Science A Instructor

 

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April 17, 2019

Class of 2019 College Acceptances

The end of the school year is nearly upon us and we can hardly believe it! After a rigorous senior year that has pushed our seniors to accomplish more than they thought possible, our soon-to-be graduates are ready to embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives. 

“I am delighted for all of the students in the senior class," said Head of School Mr. Walker. "Their hard work and experience at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley will absolutely mean that they are well prepared for the road ahead." 

College Guidance Coordinator Ms. McCollum added, "The college counseling department is so proud of all our seniors' hard work this year. We have no doubt they will continue to do amazing things in the coming four years and beyond." 

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April 12, 2019

On Five Years: Part II

Part II of our five-year anniversary features another one of our expert teaching staff, Ms. Leila Kosiba. You can see part I of our celebration series here

Our Head of School Mr. Walker took a few moments to share some thoughts about the incomparable Ms. Kosiba. 

I first saw Ms. Kosiba teach back in the mists of time (before we opened BASIS Independent Silicon Valley). She was visiting Arizona and I had the pleasure of watching her give a demo French class to BASIS Scottsdale students. They, and I, loved the class! There was an obvious passion in her teaching and the students were instantly connected to her. At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, Ms. Kosiba has taught every level of French from 7th Grade to Capstone. She has enriched our community with her dedication to French learning and her insights into life in New Caledonia. 

Ms. Kosiba has been a French Subject Expert Teacher at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley since we first opened. She has primarily worked with students in the middle school years.

We also asked Ms. Kosiba some questions about her time at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, as well as her perspective on our students, curriculum, teaching methods, and more. Read on below: 

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March 26, 2019

2019 BASIS Independent Schools Accomplishments: Math Wins

Students at BASIS Independent Schools know a thing or two about hard work and persistence in problem solving. Our accelerated and spiraled math curriculum gives students ample time to strengthen their fundamental skills so that each year, when our schools facilitate opportunities for students to participate in competitions, clubs, and more, they can then show off their talents and achieve new goals. This year’s math wins across several of our campuses are a testament of how well our students thrive in competitive situations.

Read on to explore just a few of the math-centric accomplishments from our campuses in Brooklyn, Fremont, Manhattan, McLean, and Silicon Valley.

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