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November 15, 2021

A BISV Tradition: The Book Exchange

Several school years ago, a group of Bobcats started a student run text book exchange. We have written about them before, and shared how much they helped several schools in the under funded Alum Rock School District. The founders have since graduated, but The Book Exchange has remained a strong tradition on campus. Cue to 2020, and many lower income families are struggling even more than in a non-pandemic year, and any support for education related activities is more important than ever before. When everything went remote, our Bobcats rose to the challenge: operations went online, bags of text books were dropped off via gloved hands, and masked students counted and organized stacks of books.

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October 29, 2021

COVID-19 & Mental Health: A Student's Journey

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Tanisha M., class of 2024, spent her quarantine creating a blog about COVID-19 and mental health. A self proclaimed mental health advocate, Tanisha has always focused on finding ways to shine a light on the importance of destigmatizing conversations on this topic. Last year, when we all retreated into quarantine, Tanisha got to work educating herself about how the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting her peers' mental health. We had the chance to connect with this amazing student advocate, and ask her some questions about her blog.

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October 27, 2021

The Symbiotic Classroom: SET and LET Partnership

Unlike the traditional self-contained classroom led by one teacher, or one teacher and an aide, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students in Grades 1 - 4 will benefit from the expertise of multiple full-time teachers, one of whom follows the students as they move between classrooms throughout the day. Students thus have two full-time, qualified teachers in each core class, resulting in a uniquely robust classroom environment.

BASIS Independent Schools philosophy towards teaching, also known as pedagogy, is one of autonomy. The balance between autonomy in the classroom and shared accountability is what maintains academic quality control across all schools. Subjects to be taught and standards for the scope and sequence of instruction in that subject are set through the BASIS Curriculum, but pedagogic autonomy is given to teachers to develop innovative ways to meet and exceed these standards.  

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September 29, 2021

BASIS Independent Schools Top National Rankings by Niche

The 2022 Niche school rankings are in and BASIS Independent Schools continue to soar! Since first established, the BASIS Independent Schools network has grown to six campuses—three of which have graduating classes—in locations across New York, Northern Virginia, the Bay Area, and the greater Seattle area. Just over five years later, campuses across our network have achieved impressive national recognition.

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September 21, 2021

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Awarded #1 High School for STEM in California!

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has done it again!  Niche’s 2022 Best School Rankings were released last Friday, and we could not be more pleased to share the news. For the third year in a row, we have been ranked #1 Best High School for STEM in California, and #2 Best High School for STEM in America. Learn more about how all of BASIS Independent Silicon Valley's ratings stack up, here


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September 17, 2021

23 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Students Honored as National Merit Semifinalists!

On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program – including 23 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

 

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September 13, 2021

What to Expect at Your Virtual Entrance Exam

At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, we seek applicants who have an interest in learning at an international level, a desire to make a contribution, a willingness to work hard, and an ambition to join a collaborative, supportive, and joyful community of peers, Subject Expert Teachers, and Learning Expert Teachers. Be ready to participate in a culture where academics are encouraged, learning is celebrated, and students have fun! In order to both ensure student success and manage the popularity of our program, admissions is a selective process.

 

What is the Entrance Exam?
The Entrance Exam is part of the admissions process for students applying for Grades 2 - 9 for fall 2022. Its results show us concepts understood, and concepts not yet understood for the grade level they are applying for. All applicants will take this virtual exam.

 

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September 3, 2021

Spotlight on Student Support: The School Counselor

Irmas PictureMs. Mujic joined the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Community over the summer, and spent her first month on campus getting ready to meet the needs of our Bobcats as they returned for in-person instruction. The School Counselor is a member of the Student Affairs Team, who focuses on social and emotional learning support, versus the academic support that the Deans are engaged in. The Student Affairs Team, which is comprised of Ms. Mujic, our Deans, and the Director of Student Affairs, works together comprehensively to offer a high level of all kinds of assistance to our Bobcats. A little about her personally: Ms. Mujic holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development, a Master of Arts in Counselor Education, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Helping students is her passion, and she has already become an indispensable member of the community in her short tenure with us. 

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August 25, 2021

What to Expect at Your Virtual Play Date

At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, we seek applicants who have an interest in learning at an international level, a desire to make a contribution, a willingness to work hard, and an ambition to join a collaborative, supportive, and joyful community of peers and Subject Expert Teachers. Be ready to participate in a culture where academics are encouraged, learning is celebrated, and students have fun! In order to both ensure student success and manage the popularity of our program, admissions is a selective process.

What is the Virtual Play Date?
The play-based assessment provides our teachers, administrators, and admissions staff the opportunity to get to know your child and observe your child's social-emotional and academic development in a one-on-one setting.

The virtual assessment will take place in the comfort of your own home and we request that you have a few materials available for your child to use during the duration of the Play Date.  

Play Dates generally last 30 minutes and feature time for our teacher or administrator to get to know your child, followed by an age-appropriate lesson or activity. 

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August 16, 2021

What to Expect at Your Virtual Family Meeting

At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, we seek applicants who have an interest in learning at an international level, a desire to make a contribution, a willingness to work hard, and an ambition to join a collaborative, supportive, and joyful community of peers and Subject Expert Teachers. Be ready to participate in a culture where academics are encouraged, learning is celebrated, and students have fun! In order to both ensure student success and manage the popularity of our program, admissions is a selective process.

What is the Family Meeting?
The Family Meeting is an essential part of the admissions process at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (BISV) and is part of our final admissions decision. This 30-minute meeting is the school's opportunity to learn more about your child and your family’s interest in BISV.

While we are happy to answer questions about our program, the Family Meeting is not the best time to learn about our offerings. Prior to the Family Meeting, we strongly encourage families to visit our website and blog, attend an Admissions Event, or speak with a member of the Admissions Team.

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