We are proud to announce that 11 of our students have earned places as Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Roughly 16,000 students across the nation have qualified as Semifinalists, and we are thrilled to have continued representation on our campus. 57% of our senior class was recognized this year including National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students.  

Head of School Ms. Sara Kolb was thrilled to receive this news, "One of the things I love best about this school is that it is full of students who genuinely love to learn. At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, smart is cool, which is further proven by the fact that more than half of our senior class has been recognized as either a National Merit Semifinalist or Commended Student this year.  I couldn't be more proud of these students and cannot wait to see what their futures bring as they embark into the world as Bobcat alumni next year."

To qualify as a Semifinalist this year, each student must have a score that falls in the top 1% on the PSAT taken during their junior year. All Semifinalists now have the opportunity to compete for a Finalist position, which could lead to securing a National Merit Scholarship. We wish our students the best, and look forward to the Finalist results coming out in February.

Please join us in congratulating our Semifinalists:


Sanjana D.

Advit D.

Elaine H.

Pranav K.

Madhav R.

Anya R.

Saunak S.

Anagha S.

Anna S.

Laura S.

Andrew W.


BASIS Independent Silicon Valley is a grades 5-12 private middle and high school based in San Jose, California, providing students an internationally benchmarked liberal arts and sciences curriculum

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