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January 22, 2021

Dean of Students Series: Part 2

Angkham, Che

Ms. Angkham received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Jose State University. While pursuing her academics, she also helped build schools in Mexico, provided Katrina Relief to residents of New Orleans, and presented at various academic conferences throughout the country.

After college, she found her love of teaching and was a classroom teacher for grade 1 and grades 5 - 8. After a decade of being in the classroom, she’s ready for her next adventure: supporting students’ academics and overall well-being as a Dean of Students!

“I love that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley provides the students with so many opportunities,” she says, “and I’m so excited to be a part of their developmental years in which they are learning, growing, and becoming wonderful human beings.”

How would you describe your position to a new incoming student and parent?

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December 28, 2020

Top 5 Blogs of 2020

2020 has been quite a year! We regularly publish articles on student life, our community, school accomplishments, and more to both celebrate and highlight our Bobcat community. From college acceptance information to Senior Projects, read on to review the Top 5 most read blog posts of 2020. We look forward to 2021, and what our community will present for the next year. 

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December 20, 2020

Biology at Home: Get Creative!

Each year, in Subject Expert Teacher Dr. Murthy's Biology class, high school students have the opportunity to create the many structures that they learn about in class. This year, instead of group projects completed in the classroom, our students applied their creativity skills at home. Dr. Murthy is happy to report that, "Learning and fun can go hand in hand!" 

Take a look at just a few of the fabulous creations our students developed. 

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December 11, 2020

Watch Our Newly Released Virtual Campus Tour!

We know there's nothing like being on campus, in a classroom, amongst our students and faculty, witnessing the BASIS Curriculum first-hand. However, during these uncertain times, we are unable to provide our usual campus tours. With a little bit of creativity and flexibility, a hallmark of 2020, we are thrilled to give you a virtual glimpse into our building and around our campus! 

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December 4, 2020

Election 2020: A Tight Race

The Bobcats who are enrolled in Dr. Parson's AP United States Government and Politics course have had quite a lot to talk about since the school year began in August. Not only are we in the middle of a pandemic, but this year has also been host to a high profile presidential election with many close congressional races in play. While this is a fascinating course to take at any time, the 2020 election has been one for the books, and one that has offered unusual scenarios that are rich for classroom discussions. 

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November 19, 2020

BASIS Independent Students Again Take the Lead in Global Readiness

In a global economy, in an environment that is hyperconnected to a substantial amount of information and knowledge sharing, students need to be prepared with the skills to actively participate, not spectate. When students are participants, they can synthesize large amounts of information to make significant contributions for themselves and for those around them.

For these reasons and more, BASIS Independent Schools adheres to a simple and powerful mission - to educate students to the highest international levels. We benchmark our program to the best education systems in the world and in the process, have developed a global best practices approach to education from toddlers to grade 12.

How do we measure the outcomes of our mission? We look to the gold standard, the OECD and PISA.

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November 5, 2020

Let's Create a Food Truck!

Ms. Silva, our Business Subject Expert Teacher, assigned her Intro to Business students a very fun task recently. All of the students in her class created their very own food truck business. The Food Truck Project is designed to let students creatively consider the fundamentals of business. They applied marketing skills to design their truck and to develop their own differentiated theme. An important aspect of menu creation they had to consider was the cost/benefit for items as they set menu prices, and also consider what their customers would truly want to find on their food truck menu. Overall, students utilized marketing, finance, and strategy skills in this product development exercise. 

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October 30, 2020

The November Event to Remember is Here: Our Fall Open House!

When students and Subject Expert Teachers engage in a spiraling liberal arts and sciences curriculum benchmarked to the best education systems in the world, they excel. One of our recent graduates says it best.

“I love the BASIS Curriculum because it challenges how far a student can go academically but also instills in them qualities of determination, resilience, and exploration. Most importantly, the program instills in students the ability to ask for help and support their peers.” – BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Graduate

Join us at our Virtual Fall Open House on Saturday, November 7! Attending an Open House is the best way for prospective families to discover our middle and high school Subject Expert Teachers, classroom difference, learn about our advanced liberal arts and sciences curriculum, tour our campus virtually, and meet current Bobcat Students!

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October 16, 2020

Dean of Students Series: Part 1

Kaminski, MonicaMs. Kaminski graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts in History where her focus was on human rights. Later, she received her Master of Science degree in Professional School Counseling from Sage Graduate School in Troy, New York.

As Dean of Students for Grades 5 - 7 at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, her goal is to inspire and help students discover the skills they need in order to be successful. She enjoys working at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley because teachers, staff, and students are excited to be here, “The overall environment is very welcoming and fun!” In addition, she appreciates that the culture of the school is to engage students in learning and to celebrate their achievements.

Her educational philosophy is the one that reflects the whole child approach, “I believe all students should be in a learning environment that promotes and encourages inclusiveness, safety, engagement, but also challenges.


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October 15, 2020

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Tops National Rankings Again!

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley once again has ranked among the best high schools in America. Niche released its 2021 Best High Schools Rankings and we are excited to share that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley ranked as the #1 best high school for STEM in California and #2 in America for STEM.

This is the second consecutive year that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has earned the #1 Best High School in California for STEM ranking and first for its #2 in America for STEM ranking.

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley moved up in the 2021 rankings as Niche recognized our school as the #11 Best College Prep Private High School in California. Our campus also earned the #5 ranking for Best College Prep High School in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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