Being a BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Bobcat means actively participating in a vibrant learning community, enjoying endless opportunities to connect studies with the real world, discovering new talents and skills, and building lasting bonds of friendship and camaraderie.
For our Middle School students, all of these are achievable through our Enrichment Programs, Sports & Athletics, and Term Project Trips.
For the 2019 - 20 school year, we have 55 different offerings between after-school clubs and athletics. Over 80% of our students participate in these activities.
Below is just a highlight of some of the things we offer to our Middle School Community.
We know there's nothing quite like trying something on to see if it truly is the right fit. That’s why we invite students on campus to join us for a Shadow Day so they can experience a day at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley!
What is a Shadow Day? It's an opportunity for a prospective student to spend the entire day on our campus shadowing the grade they are interested in. They will attend a full day of classes, eat lunch, have outside time, attend office hours, meet teachers, participate in classes, get to know a group of students, and so much more! This is not a requirement of the application process, just a perk!
We often hear from prospective families that they have questions about the transition, the academics, the culture, they don't know if their child can keep up with the schedule, etc. We believe the Shadow Day puts parents, and students, questions to rest. By being on campus and spending a day in classes with real BASIS Independent Silicon Valley teachers and students, they are able to meet students with similar backgrounds (i.e. public to private), learn what the workload is like from students actually doing it, and also learn how students, who had the same questions they did, transitioned with the help of their teachers and Student Affairs Team.
Walk down any of our campus hallways and you will experience wonderful views of student artwork, rich in creativity and passion. This fall, students across all grade levels have brought their exploration of the arts to life, with support and guidance from our two Subject Expert Art Teachers, Dr. Charuhas and Ms. Jones.
We invite you take a virtual walk-through of just a sampling of some Bobcat creations.
Grade 5 Studio
Students in grade 5 began the year with inspiration from Aboriginal dot paintings to practice the use of color schemes. They used watercolor, acrylic paint, and q-tips to form their Australian animal of choice.
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.
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.