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, Learning Expert Teachers, 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 campus!

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. 


Step 1: Attend an Admissions Event (Optional)
Though not required, we strongly recommend you attend one of our Admissions Events to learn about our program before applying. Our events are held from August - January traditionally.

To view our upcoming Admissions Events, click here


Step 2: Submit an Online Application
You will submit an application on our website with general student information. This will officially start the application process! In your application, you will be able to email Teacher Recommendation Forms, download the Transcript Request Form, and schedule your student's Play Date or Entrance Exam and Family Meeting. We also keep families up to date on their application through a dashboard in their account. 

Please note: Steps 3, 4, 5, and 6 can be done in any order, but must be completed after the application is submitted and before the Deadline to Complete an Application.  


Step 3: Teacher Recommendations (TK - Grade 1 if Available, Grades 2 - 9 Required*)
You will be able to email the recommendations directly to your child's current teacher. We do not accept recommendations from past teachers, only current. You can also download fillable PDFs of both the math and English Teacher Recommendation. As listed in the instructions of the recommendations, we do not accept documents from parents. All recommendations must be sent from the teacher to the Admissions Office directly. 

*We understand some schools do not allow their teachers to write recommendations for students that are leaving their program. In these circumstances, the requirement can be waived. 


Step 4: Transcripts (Grades 2 - 9 Required*)
You will be able to download a Transcript Request Form in your application. This form requests your child's current school send us a current year report, along with the last two years. 
As listed in the instructions of the request form, we do not accept documents from parents. All transcripts must be sent from the school to the Admissions Office directly. 

*Depending on an applicant's prior school attendance, we understand a TK - Grade 3 applicant may only be able to provide transcripts for years they attended school. In these circumstances, the requirement of three years of transcripts can be waived. 


Step 5: Student Evaluation
Students applying for TK - Grade 1 will register for a one-on-one Virtual Play Date. Students applying for Grades 2 - 9 will register for a BASIS Independent Schools In-Person Entrance Exam. Both of these evaluations allow us to meet and interact with your child and determine if they are ready - academically, socially, and emotionally - to join our program in the grade for which they are applying. 

*Given the number of applicants for our Early Learning Program Play Dates are only offered virtually.


Step 6: Virtual Family Meeting
At least one parent or guardian is required to attend this 30-minute Virtual Family Meeting. Students applying for TK - Grade 1 are not required to attend. Students applying to Grade 2 - 9 are required to attend. This meeting is a chance for us to get to meet your family, your student, and learn a bit more about them in a one-on-one setting. 


Once all supplementary materials are received and required meetings are attended, your application is complete! If you complete your application by the completion deadline, you will receive an admissions decision on the notification day. See below for more details. 


Early Admissions (TK - Grade 7)

Deadline to submit an application: Friday, October 21, 2022
Deadline to complete an application: Monday, November 7, 2022
Notification date: Friday, November 18, 2022, by 5:00 PM PST
Commitment deadline: Friday, December 2, 2022, at 12:00 PM PST

Regular Admissions (TK - Grade 9)

Deadline to submit an application: Monday, January 30, 2023
Deadline to complete an application: Monday, February 27, 2023
Notification date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023, by 5:00 PM PST
Commitment deadline: Friday, March 24, 2023, at 12:00 PM PST

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BASIS Independent Silicon Valley is a TK - Grade 12 private school, providing students an internationally benchmarked liberal arts and sciences curriculum, with advanced STEM offerings. Considering joining the Bobcat community? Join our interest list by clicking here to receive admissions updates for fall 2023 and more.