On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, ofﬁcials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semiﬁnalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program – including 23 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.
Mr. Brady received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Middlebury College during which he had the opportunity to study abroad at Cambridge University. He then completed a Masters of Arts in Ancient Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
He joined BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in 2015 as part of the founding faculty. He spent three years in the World Language department teaching Latin, then spent two years teaching in the Monterey Bay Area, before returning home to BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (BISV) as a member of the administration.
As the Dean of Students for grades 10-12 and the Senior Projects Coordinator, Mr. Brady is an integral part of the Student Support Team. He offers workshops and both emotional and academic support to high school students, and acts as an advisor to our seniors who choose to participate in the Senior Project. Mr. Brady can often be found engaging in spirited discourse with students, and is always available for a lunchtime board game tournament.
Ms. Angkham received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Jose State University. While pursuing her academics, she also helped build schools in Mexico, provided Katrina Relief to residents of New Orleans, and presented at various academic conferences throughout the country.
After college, she found her love of teaching and was a classroom teacher for grade 1 and grades 5 - 8. After a decade of being in the classroom, she’s ready for her next adventure: supporting students’ academics and overall well-being as a Dean of Students!
“I love that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley provides the students with so many opportunities,” she says, “and I’m so excited to be a part of their developmental years in which they are learning, growing, and becoming wonderful human beings.”
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One of our amazing Bobcats, Tanvi B. (class of 2020), runs her own non-profit organization No Birthday Left Behind. As a young child, she tagged along with her parents who made it a family custom to volunteer at homeless shelters. After becoming acutely aware that there were many children whose families did not have the resources to throw them birthday parties, she decided that she would do everything possible to help make a difference. In middle school, she began partnering with homeless shelters to host parties for some of the resident children. She has seen more and more community involvement over the years, and has been able to reach even more children due to some amazing local supporters.
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.
On Wednesday, September 13, ofﬁcials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semiﬁnalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program – including 21 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
In new rankings released Monday evening, the BASIS Curriculum Schools network has the three best public high schools in the nation, four of the top five, and five of the top seven public high schools, in what is among the most-admired annual reports on American high schools.
The BASIS Curriculum Schools network had five schools eligible for the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. It is the first time a network or district has swept the top three spots – or had four of the top five, five of the top seven, or even five of the top ten:
BASIS Scottsdale - #1 high school in U.S.
BASIS Tucson North - #2 high school in U.S.
BASIS Oro Valley - #3 high school in U.S.
BASIS Peoria - #5 high school in U.S.
BASIS Chandler - #7 high school in U.S.
BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has proudly celebrated many firsts since the first day of school, August 20, 2014.
Together with students and staff, we are creating traditions that will remain a lasting part of the school culture of BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, which is one of the most exciting aspects of being part of an emerging school community.
Recently, the Prom Committee, comprised of volunteer Leadership members, hosted its very first prom for BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Their hard-work and collaboration was evident by the attention to detail and overall success of the event.
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.