The “in between” years. This is what middle school is often regarded as before students enter the more serious, college-focused portion of their academic path. However, in today’s global education landscape, this mindset needs to change. The years in middle school and the transition into high school have become increasingly important in readying students with the knowledge, confidence, and grit needed to excel in high school and beyond.
How many of you remember what it was like to be in grade 5? Admittedly, it's been a few years for me, so when it came time to highlight what a school day is like for our middle school students, I decided to step into the classroom with one of our brand new Bobcats, Katherine S.
She joined us in grade 5 for the 2018-2019 academic year, and has been enjoying her time at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Coming from public school, she was a little nervous about being behind academically, but a summer camp focused on math, science and English helped her feel confident to join BISV. The math she is working on now is review from some of the work she did over the summer, so if she hadn't taken the summer course she would have been ready, but it was "good to feel prepared for anything," she explained.
We are so proud to announce that 23 of our students have earned places as Semifinalists in the 2019 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.
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:
Last year we introduced Food Truck Fridays as a fun way to offer exciting and delicious options that our students might not find in their lunchboxes, nor in our cafeteria. Student Appreciation Week during the 2017-2018 school year saw the first food trucks on campus, and we instantly knew that we were on to something. Those first few Fridays were such a success, that this year we have Food Truck Festivals once a month.
In celebration of our five year anniversary, our Head of School Mr. Walker took a few moments to share some thoughts about our incredible Mr. Ryan. As a Physical Geography and Chemistry instructor since day one, Mr. Ryan has seen five years worth of students in grades 5 and 6 transition to upper school, and has cheered them on the entire time.
Over the years, a number of parents, faculty, staff and generally any fully grown adult who has some connection with our school, have shared a common thought with me. If you spend any time in our school, and interact with BASIS Independent Silicon Valley teachers, you often end up wishing that you could actually take the classes that we offer. This desire is driven partly by the diversity of our curriculum and the course offerings that we have, but, I believe mostly, by the passionate subject expert teachers in every classroom. Mr. Ryan is a crystal clear example of this. As a founding faculty member Mr. Ryan has provided a rock-solid foundation for our Chemistry department and has helped countless students get a firm grounding in the sciences. We put him under the microscope… no pressure Mr. Ryan.
We sat down with Mr. Ryan to ask him what these past years have been like, and how he has seen our youngest Bobcats fare in his time here.
Have you ever imagined swimming across the San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island? Maybe you thought it would be too cold, or you were nervous about the infamous current? Two of our amazing students have each done so dozens of times! In fact, Mitali, an 11th grader at BISV, just completed her 50th trip, and Anaya, an 8th grader at BISV, completed her 40th trip across the bay from Aquatic Park Cove to Alcatraz Island this spring.
Parent FAQ Series: "I have the option to apply this year for grade 5, or next year for grade 6. What is the benefit of applying for grade 5?" We've had many parents ask this question when they attend our admissions events, and we are excited to explore the answer in depth!
The transitional years in middle school, set between foundational learning in elementary school and subject mastery in high school, can sometimes be seen as the lost years of education. However, these are the years where independence truly develops and where students can prepare for future academic settings.
At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, our Middle School Program begins in grade 5. There are distinct advantages to transitioning your child directly into grade 5 versus waiting until a later grade, and those students who join us earlier often see tremendous success in our middle and high school programs. Because the intermediate years of middle school are critical, beginning as soon as possible is essential for a comfortable and easy transition.
Below are five benefits of starting your child in grade 5 versus higher grades:
We are excited to launch admissions for Fall 2019 for grade 5-10!
Admissions is now open and you may click here to submit your application for our Early or Regular Admissions cycle.
We are also thrilled to celebrate our five-year anniversary! Congratulations to all our faculty and staff, and families. We are so proud of our BASIS Independent Bobcat community and all that our students, teachers, and administrators have accomplished through their academic and extracurricular journeys.
We invite you to join our world-leading learning community.
Early and Regular Admissions
This year, we have two admissions cycles: Early and Regular Admissions.
Early Admissions is only open for Grade 5-7 while Regular is for grades 5-10.
What's the difference between Early and Regular Admissions?
Early Admissions allows you to receive an admissions decision this fall versus next spring. If you apply in Early Admissions and your child(ren) is accepted, and you decide to enroll, your private school search is completed by December instead of March! In Regular Admissions, families are notified of an admissions decision in March, which aligns with decisions from other private schools.
Continue reading for more details.
Each year, hundreds of teachers from the various BASIS Curriculum Schools gather in Arizona for Summer Institute, a week of learning, networking, and preparing for the upcoming school year. Newly hired teachers and those changing roles attend this annual event, where they gather in peer groups to establish best practices for educating students in the context of the grades and subjects they teach within the BASIS Curriculum.
The fourth academic year at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley was a resounding success on all counts, especially when we take a look at all of the outside activities our phenomenal students participated in.
From local meets to national competitions, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students are a presence. Myriad interests keep our students busy and engaged. Join us in congratulating our Bobcats on a job well done!
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.