Posts about Admissions Process

October 27, 2021

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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September 13, 2021

What to Expect at Your Virtual Entrance Exam

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, Subject Expert Teachers, and Learning 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.

 

What is the Entrance Exam?
The Entrance Exam is part of the admissions process for students applying for Grades 2 - 9 for fall 2022. Its results show us concepts understood, and concepts not yet understood for the grade level they are applying for. All applicants will take this virtual exam.

 

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August 25, 2021

What to Expect at Your Virtual Play Date

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 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.

What is the Virtual Play Date?
The play-based assessment provides our teachers, administrators, and admissions staff the opportunity to get to know your child and observe your child's social-emotional and academic development in a one-on-one setting.

The virtual assessment will take place in the comfort of your own home and we request that you have a few materials available for your child to use during the duration of the Play Date.  

Play Dates generally last 30 minutes and feature time for our teacher or administrator to get to know your child, followed by an age-appropriate lesson or activity. 

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August 16, 2021

What to Expect at Your Virtual Family Meeting

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 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.

What is the Family Meeting?
The Family Meeting is an essential part of the admissions process at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (BISV) and is part of our final admissions decision. This 30-minute meeting is the school's opportunity to learn more about your child and your family’s interest in BISV.

While we are happy to answer questions about our program, the Family Meeting is not the best time to learn about our offerings. Prior to the Family Meeting, we strongly encourage families to visit our website and blog, attend an Admissions Event, or speak with a member of the Admissions Team.

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July 30, 2021

The Admissions Process

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 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 location!

Beginning in the 2022 - 2023 school year, we will have two campuses.

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. 

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October 30, 2020

The November Event to Remember is Here: Our Fall Open House!

When students and Subject Expert Teachers engage in a spiraling liberal arts and sciences curriculum benchmarked to the best education systems in the world, they excel. One of our recent graduates says it best.

“I love the BASIS Curriculum because it challenges how far a student can go academically but also instills in them qualities of determination, resilience, and exploration. Most importantly, the program instills in students the ability to ask for help and support their peers.” – BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Graduate

Join us at our Virtual Fall Open House on Saturday, November 7! Attending an Open House is the best way for prospective families to discover our middle and high school Subject Expert Teachers, classroom difference, learn about our advanced liberal arts and sciences curriculum, tour our campus virtually, and meet current Bobcat Students!

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September 26, 2020

Admissions FAQ: What to expect on our Fall 2021 Online Entrance Exam

Thank you for your interest in BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for the 2021-22 school year. We are excited to know that you are wanting to participate in a internationally benchmarked program where our teachers ignite passion in the mind, heart, and soul of every student. When students love to learn, they excel!

All applicants are required to take an online BASIS Independent Schools Entrance Exam. This admissions season is unlike any other given the current health crisis, and although the content is the same, we have adjusted the manner in which we test. Our traditional process of in-person testing has shifted to an online model. This online examination is created, administered, and proctored by BASIS Independent Schools.

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August 1, 2020

Your Fall 2021 Admissions Guide: Applying for Grades 5-9

We are excited to launch Fall 2021 admissions for grades 5-9!

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

At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, students and subject expert teachers engage in a spiraling liberal arts and sciences curriculum benchmarked to the best education systems in the world. We believe in setting a higher standard for students and promoting self-reliance and accountability in an environment where learning is encouraged and celebrated.

Outside of the classroom, students explore their interests in nearly 60 club, athletic, and competitive offerings. 

Early and Regular Admissions
This year, we have two admissions cycles: Early and Regular Admissions. Early Admissions is only open for Grades 5-7 while Regular Admissions is for grades 5-9.

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January 20, 2020

Final Open House of the Regular Admissions Season: Sunday, January 26

We are excited to host our final Open House of the Regular Admissions season on Sunday, January 26 at 10:00 AM! This last, big admissions event is for families considering grades 5-12 for the 2020-21 school year and is the final admissions event before the Regular Admissions application deadline on January 30!

Attending an Open House is the best way to discover our middle and high school Subject Expert Teachers, classroom difference, learn about our advanced liberal arts and sciences curriculum with STEM offerings, tour our campus, and meet current students and parents!

Click here to Register for the January Open House>>

Middle and High School Start Times
On Sunday, January 26 we will host our Open House for Grades 5-12. This special event begins at 10:00 AM and concludes at 12:00 PM. We recommend joining us by 10:00 AM. Students are welcome to attend!

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