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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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July 30, 2021

The Admissions Process

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.

 

We are excited to know you are considering BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, a TK - Grade 12 private school with both a Lower and Upper school location!

Beginning in the 2022 - 2023 school year, we will have two campuses.

TK - Grade 5: 1500 Partridge Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Grades 6 - 12: 1290 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126

When applying, each family will work with members of the Admissions Team whose role is to welcome new families to our program and educate them on the benefits of a BASIS Independent Silicon Valley education. They are the guides through the application and admissions process. Read below to learn more about the admissions process. 

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July 12, 2021

BASIS Independent Schools: Inside the 2021 Senior Projects

The Senior Project is the crowning achievement of the BASIS Curriculum. The last two years may have looked a little different—with Senior Project research, on-site work, and presentations taking a virtual form—but our students persevered in order to complete this extraordinary milestone.

This blog sheds some light on the Senior Project, its history, our incredible advisors, and most importantly, the students who continue to show that they can and will exceed all expectations.

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June 11, 2021

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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May 10, 2021

BASIS Independent Schools Network: 2021 College Acceptances

The college placement results for the Class of 2021 have arrived!

BASIS Independent Schools students continue to score impressive admission to some of the world’s best colleges and universities. From the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and New York City to California, students across the BASIS Independent Schools network have proven that even in the face of adversity and adaptation, hard work and commitment can reap incredible results. 

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May 7, 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 on their College Acceptances!

Congratulations to the class of 2021! This group of Bobcats spent their senior year learning remotely, which was certainly not what any of them expected. These bright and tenacious students took it all in stride and chose to look to the future.

"Even under normal circumstances, applying to college is stressful, to say the least. Add in a global pandemic, changes in standardized testing and other college requirements, and you get a senior year unlike any other. You never would have known anything different looking at this year's seniors," said Mr. Green, one of our College Guidance Coordinators. "They were quick to laugh and crack jokes, and overall maintained an unfailingly positive attitude; despite countless unique stressors that had never been present in the college application process before. This group of students were truly a joy to work with. I respect the positive attitude they displayed on a daily basis, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for them."

We are excited to share our current list of college acceptances for the class of 2021. Head of School Ms. Kolb, shared, "I am so proud of this group of individuals. Our list of college acceptances is always impressive; but the positivity and determination shown by the class of 2021 was especially inspiring. Watching how they managed this challenging year gives me all the confidence in the world about the success they will see in the future."

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April 22, 2021

BASIS Independent is Opening a Silicon Valley Lower School Campus!

New BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School Campus to Open Fall 2022!

BASIS Independent Schools, the world-acclaimed network of private schools, announced the expansion of BASIS Independent Silicon Valley to include a new Lower School campus in Sunnyvale where we will open our highly anticipated Lower School Program. The new campus will open in fall 2022, and we will begin to accept applications for the 2022-2023 school year on August 1, 2021. The Lower School will be located at 1500 Partridge Avenue in Sunnyvale!

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley will now serve students in TK through High School across both campuses providing them with our internationally benchmarked curriculum brought to life by passionate, dedicated Subject Expert Teachers. The Lower School will offer TK - Grade 5 while the Upper School in San Jose will focus on Grades 6 - 12.

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April 13, 2021

Dean of Students Series: Part 3

BIO - Mr. Brady

Mr. Brady received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Middlebury College during which he had the opportunity to study abroad at Cambridge University. He then completed a Masters of Arts in Ancient Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

He joined BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in 2015 as part of the founding faculty. He spent three years in the World Language department teaching Latin, then spent two years teaching in the Monterey Bay Area, before returning home to BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (BISV) as a member of the administration.

As the Dean of Students for grades 10-12 and the Senior Projects Coordinator, Mr. Brady is an integral part of the Student Support Team. He offers workshops and both emotional and academic support to high school students, and acts as an advisor to our seniors who choose to participate in the Senior Project. Mr. Brady can often be found engaging in spirited discourse with students, and is always available for a lunchtime board game tournament.

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