Ms. 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?
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!
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.
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."
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!
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.
Believe 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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