Meet Keshav N! Keshav joined us in grade 5 from a local private school. Keshav was familiar with BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (BISV) as his older brother joined us as a student in grade 6 the year the school opened. He had a solid idea of what BISV was going to be like before he enrolled, and once he was on campus his brother was a big help and shared lots of strategies. He was initially nervous about the workload, but his teachers "were very communicative and helped a lot" he mentioned. He thinks that it has been easy to make friends from the start, but that over the past few years, he has especially enjoyed seeing more of his friends from his previous school join BISV.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a grade 6 Bobcat? Meet Chloe H.! She joined us last year as a student in grade 5 from a local public school. Her older brother paved the way for her, as he started at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (BISV) a few years before she did, so she was not very nervous to begin at a new school.
When we talked about the difference between a public school and BISV, she said that there is definitely a difference in the work level. She explained "there is a lot more work here, but it is worth the change, I am learning more here and it's more interesting." In grade 5, everyone is new to BISV together. Chloe explained that this year is different for her than last year, as there is more of a mix of students who are both new to the school, and those who've risen up from grade 5. In grade 6, she has made more connections with new friends through clubs. One of Chloe's favorite clubs this year is Robotics, it's new for her this year and she is enjoying every moment of it.
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.
Sathvik joined BASIS Independent Silicon Valley as a 6th grader this year after he and his family felt he needed more of an academic challenge at school. He thinks that if he'd been here for grade 5, he would have known some of the grade 6 teachers and had a feel for the rotating schedule—but it has been a smooth transition. He liked the jump into a Middle School environment, and especially enjoys that "there are way more activities in the classroom here, and more classroom participation: I feel like I'm a part of everything."
When asked what he would say to a new 6th grader who was trying to decide if BASIS Independent Silicon Valley was the right fit and this was his response: "They should absolutely come here if they are interested in a new environment. It's a little different than other middle schools, but definitely teaches you how to be organized and how to be ready for the future.
Khushi C. is a 5th grader at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. She is a new student to campus (as all 5th graders are) and is very excited to have joined the school. She has an older sister enrolled in grade 10, so she knew some of what to expect before school started, but she was especially excited to get her own locker!
Khushi had a shadow day before she started at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, and the student ambassador she shadowed told her “If you like all of the subjects taught, even if they are new to you, and you are open to coming to a new environment and having lots of fun, then you should definitely come to BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.” Khushi agreed that this was true for her, and it's the very same advice she would give to any student who is thinking about starting grade 5 at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.
Netra Shetty, grade 8, has attended BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for three years. She has a passion for science and is widely recognized by her teachers as a student who is always willing to help out and is enthusiastic about learning. Outside of school she is an award-winning badminton player, winning 1st place for doubles in the Junior PanAm under 13 division.
When Netra first came to BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, she said that it seemed daunting but that perception quickly disappeared. “School is challenging, the courses are complex but fun, and the teachers really take the time to make sure everyone understands,” said Netra.
Meriam Ahmad, grade 7, has attended BASIS Independent
Silicon Valley for three years. She has spent two of those years as a student ambassador where she helps with the student shadow program, open house and information session events, and in general extends hospitality to everyone she meets.
Meriam said that “BISV has a safe learning environment, free from bullying, where teachers help you learn, not just feed you information, but really help you understand.” She said that everyone is welcoming and friendly and that everyone works to respect each other, in and out of class.
Ashutosh Kumar, grade 9, is a first year student at BISV, he really, really loves Biology, is a skilled raconteur and debater, and loves a good challenge, be it a rigorous debate on stem cells or learning a new language.
“What I love about BISV” said Ashutosh, “is that this is a school where you can get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself in a safe environment. The teachers take the time to meet students where they are in their academic development, and the support is there to help us along the way.”
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.