Posts about Admissions

October 1, 2018

Admissions FAQ: What to expect on the Entrance Exam

Thank you for your interest in BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for fall 2019. Listed below, are some of the more frequently asked questions about our Admissions Entrance Exam. All applicants are required to take the BASIS Independent Schools Entrance Exam. This examination is created and administered by BASIS Independent Schools.

Continue reading for a variety of questions about our admissions assessment. 

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August 17, 2018

Why Grade 5 at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley?

Parent FAQ Series: "I have the option to apply this year for grade 5, or next year for grade 6. What is the benefit of applying for grade 5?"  We've had many parents ask this question when they attend our admissions events, and we are excited to explore the answer in depth! 

The transitional years in middle school, set between foundational learning in elementary school and subject mastery in high school, can sometimes be seen as the lost years of education. However, these are the years where independence truly develops and where students can prepare for future academic settings.

At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, our Middle School Program begins in grade 5. There are distinct advantages to transitioning your child directly into grade 5 versus waiting until a later grade, and those students who join us earlier often see tremendous success in our middle and high school programs. Because the intermediate years of middle school are critical, beginning as soon as possible is essential for a comfortable and easy transition.

Below are five benefits of starting your child in grade 5 versus higher grades:

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August 13, 2018

Fall 2019 Admissions: What you need to know

We are excited to launch admissions for Fall 2019 for grade 5-10!

Admissions is now open and you may click here to submit your application for our Early or Regular Admissions cycle.

We are also thrilled to celebrate our five-year anniversary! Congratulations to all our faculty and staff, and families. We are so proud of our BASIS Independent Bobcat community and all that our students, teachers, and administrators have accomplished through their academic and extracurricular journeys.

We invite you to join our world-leading learning community. 

Early and Regular Admissions
This year, we have two admissions cycles: Early and Regular Admissions.
Early Admissions is only open for Grade 5-7 while Regular is for grades 5-10.

What's the difference between Early and Regular Admissions?
Early Admissions allows you to receive an admissions decision this fall versus next spring. If you apply in Early Admissions and your child(ren) is accepted, and you decide to enroll, your private school search is completed by December instead of March! In Regular Admissions, families are notified of an admissions decision in March, which aligns with decisions from other private schools.

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September 1, 2016

2017-18 Admissions Starts Now

3_kids_-_SV-905045-edited.jpgWe're pleased to invite you to apply now for the 2017-18 school year!

The application for the 2017-18 school year is now available on our online portal.  Find details of the application requirements below and please feel free to reach out to a member of the admissions team at any time with questions.

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  • Online Application
  • Entrance Exam

  • Family Meeting

  • Transcripts/Report Cards

  • Standardized Testing

  • Teacher Recommendations 

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December 27, 2014

This Application Season's Top 5 Admissions Questions

MQ2A3666This application season continues with excitment as Bay Area families seek out an advanced STEM-focused liberal education brought to life by passionate, dedicated subject experts.

Outlined below are the top five admissions questions we have received this season and some of which may guide you through our application process. 

1. Is there still space available?
Yes - and more classes are being added! To accommodate rising demand, we have added additional classes for grades 5 - 10. By adding more classes, the student-to-teacher ratio becomes more balanced. We invite you to join our community.

2. When is the application deadline?
The online application is due by Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Visit our Admissions page to learn more about the application process and to apply for the 2015-2016 school year.

3. When are application materials due?
In our regular admission cycle, report cards/transcripts and teacher recommendation letters are due on or before Friday, February 27, 2015.  For more information about application materials, please visit our Admissions page.

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