Posts about College Counseling

May 17, 2022

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 on their College Acceptances!

Congratulations to the class of 2022! This group of seniors was able to return to in-person learning for their final year of high school, which was such a poignant way to honor their academic efforts here at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.  One of our College Counselors, Ms. McCollum shared, "Getting back on campus and working with this group of seniors has been nothing short of a joy. This is a group of students who has shown tremendous resiliency throughout their high school years, who care deeply about the world around them, and who will go on to do amazing things. Congratulations, Class of 2022, you deserve all the good that is coming to you!"

One of the most important aspects of our College Counseling curriculum is that it is centered around fit. Our Counselors spend a tremendous amount of time educating our students about all of the elements of the college experience that must be evaluated while submitting applications. Their amazing success is two-fold in terms of the schools to which they have been admitted to for fall 2022. Head of School Ms. Kolb explained, "While we continue to be proud of the notable colleges and universities on this list of acceptances, I am most proud that the class of 2022 has pursued colleges and universities that are the best fit for their goals and personalities. This is a class that knows who they are, is supportive of one another, and will surely continue to do great things once they leave BASIS Independent Silicon Valley."

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May 7, 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 on their 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."

We are excited to share our current list of college acceptances for the class of 2021. Head of School Ms. Kolb, shared, "I am so proud of this group of individuals. Our list of college acceptances is always impressive; but the positivity and determination shown by the class of 2021 was especially inspiring. Watching how they managed this challenging year gives me all the confidence in the world about the success they will see in the future."

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May 19, 2020

College Counseling FAQ: Summer During a Pandemic

McCollum, Amanda-2Ms. McCollum is a College Counselor at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.  She started at the school on the Admissions Team, and after a few years made a transition to the College Counseling office to be on the other side of the admissions process.  She enjoys working with our Bobcats and helping them determine which colleges and universities are the best fit for their interests and goals.

Throughout the shelter in place orders we’ve had many Zoom meetings with families of sophomore and junior Bobcats and one question is coming up more than any other: What should we do this summer?  

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May 1, 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 on their College Acceptances!

What a year for the class of 2020! While a lot of things have been atypical regarding many aspects of education over the past few months, one thing is certain regarding our Bobcats--and it is that they have bright, exciting futures ahead of them. “This group of students is especially collaborative and resilient. We watched them form a community in which every single member of the senior class was included. I especially enjoyed watching them set an example for the rest of the student body, and I wish them the best of luck as they move on to the next step on their respective journeys,” said Ms. Batrachenko, one of our College Guidance Coordinators.

We are so excited to share our current list of college acceptances for the intrepid class of 2020. Additional acceptances will continue to trickle in, however this is certainly a list worth sharing now. Please join us in joyful congratulations for our seniors. Their hard work, intellectual curiosity, kindness, spirit, and ideas will carry them forward and we look to their contributions. We are Bobcat proud!

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May 22, 2019

Words of Wisdom From A Class of 2019 Graduate

The college admissions process is something you’ve never experienced before—no matter who you are, or what you’ve done. As a senior who is graduating in a week, I just wanted to share some advice with current students and their parents—many of who are probably imagining what this day is going to be like for them, a day when classes are over and the most stressful thing is figuring out how to log onto your college portal.

There’s a few things that I think worked well for me during the college application process. In terms of finalizing my college list, my parents and I prioritized college visits before the beginning of senior year. I dedicated two weeks of my summer to visiting colleges, and I think attending tours and information sessions were the most important factor in deciding what schools I applied to, and what schools were a good “fit” for me.

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April 17, 2019

Class of 2019 College Acceptances

The end of the school year is nearly upon us and we can hardly believe it! After a rigorous senior year that has pushed our seniors to accomplish more than they thought possible, our soon-to-be graduates are ready to embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives. 

“I am delighted for all of the students in the senior class," said Head of School Mr. Walker. "Their hard work and experience at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley will absolutely mean that they are well prepared for the road ahead." 

College Guidance Coordinator Ms. McCollum added, "The college counseling department is so proud of all our seniors' hard work this year. We have no doubt they will continue to do amazing things in the coming four years and beyond." 

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May 21, 2018

Class of 2018 College Acceptances

A round of applause for the class of 2018, please! Our soon-to-be graduates have completed their final year at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, and we could not be more honored to have had the opportunity to guide them to this pivotal point in their lives.

Not only have these students conquered a rigorous senior year filled with capstone courses, which required a deep dive into high-level content, many of our seniors participated in Senior Projects or AP Research Projects. Throughout it all, they worked hard to find and apply to colleges that they believe will be the best fit for their skills and interests. As a result of their extraordinary efforts—not just this year, but through their entire academic journeys—our class of 2018 has gained entry to some of the oldest and most selective universities: California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and Stanford University, just to name a few.

Read on for the complete list, and please help us congratulate our 2018 Bobcats!

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April 14, 2017

Class of 2017 College Acceptances

We've finished our tallying and are delighted to share the impressive acceptances of our Class of 2017 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Bobcats! 100% of this year's 20 graduates - our second graduating class ever at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley - were offered admission to a list of outstanding colleges and universities, from Stanford to Georgetown and more. 

Review the list of acceptances, below. 

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April 12, 2016


SV_Seniors.jpgBelieve it or not, the end of the school year will be here before we know it. Our hallways are buzzing with excitement and anticipation as we get ready to celebrate a big first for us, not just here at our school, but for BASIS Independent Schools as a whole: our first graduating class! This first senior class in Silicon Valley is composed of a driven group of 14 students, since our admissions team was very selective in identifying candidates qualified to enter the high school as upperclassmen given the challenging curriculum.

With our first graduating class comes our first round of college admissions. At our State of the School address in February, we shared with participants some of the preliminary results of the tireless work of our College Counselor, Mr. Chris Wilcox, and our students as they worked together to fulfill college dreams. In their senior year, BASIS Independent Schools students take a daily College Counseling course and place a large focus of their time ensuring they have their best foot forward. We are pleased to share that all college admissions results are in: our very first graduating class has gained admission to some of the top universities in the nation! 

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