2021 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 Mandarin in the Lower School, read on to review the Top 5 most-read blog posts of 2021.

We look forward to 2022, and what our amazing community will accomplish in the next year. 

#1 - Class of 2021 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."

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#2 - BASIS Independent is Opening a Silicon Valley Lower School Campus!

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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#3 - A Community and its Traditions

Ms. Sara Kolb is the Head of Operations at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. She has worked in private education for the last 12 years, and has been at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for four years.

I grew up in a large Midwestern family that valued tradition and never shied away from creating new ones as our family grew. While I cannot speak for every fellow Midwesterner, I think most of us would agree that a sense of community is definitely a big part of who we are. For me, I can say that it has shaped almost every aspect of my life. After graduation, I spent four and a half years in the United States Navy, an institution well known for tradition and ceremony. I eventually found my calling in private education, and have loved being able to share my love of community and tradition with the students I work with. As I joined BASIS Independent Silicon Valley at the start of the third academic year, I saw an incredible opportunity to help build upon a new community that was already very well established.

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#4 - The Symbiotic Classroom: SET and LET Partnership

Unlike the traditional self-contained classroom led by one teacher, or one teacher and an aide, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students in Grades 1 - 4 will benefit from the expertise of multiple full-time teachers, one of whom follows the students as they move between classrooms throughout the day. Students thus have two full-time, qualified teachers in each core class, resulting in a uniquely robust classroom environment. BASIS Independent Schools philosophy towards teaching, also known as pedagogy, is one of autonomy. The balance between autonomy in the classroom and shared accountability is what maintains academic quality control across all schools. Subjects to be taught and standards for the scope and sequence of instruction in that subject are set through the BASIS Curriculum, but pedagogic autonomy is given to teachers to develop innovative ways to meet and exceed these standards.

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#5 - Why Mandarin?

When families begin learning about our Early Learning and Primary programs, they often ask us the same question: “Why do you teach Mandarin to all your students?" Mandarin is a required part of our curriculum from Transitional Kindergarten to Grade 4 because Mandarin provides our early learners with the opportunity to engage both sides of their brains, provides students with visual and artistic stimulation, and promotes the development of interdisciplinary thought and analysis.

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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.

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