Posts about High School Program

August 1, 2019

Your Fall 2020 Admissions Guide: Applying for Grades 5-9

We are excited to launch Fall 2020 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 70 club and athletic offerings. 

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 Admissions is for grades 5-9.

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July 20, 2019

Term Project Trip 2019: Japan

The last week of school means Term Project Week at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Term Project Week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multidisciplinary projects and to engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various grade levels. Students are grouped with Term Project Teachers for each project.

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July 11, 2019

Term Project Trip 2019: Thailand

The last week of school means Term Project Week at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Term Project Week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multidisciplinary projects and to engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various grade levels. Students are grouped with Term Project Teachers for each project.

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July 9, 2019

Term Project Trip 2019: Hawaii

The last week of school means Term Project Week at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Term Project Week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multidisciplinary projects and to engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various grade levels. Students are grouped with Term Project Teachers for each project.

These projects challenge our students to be cooperative learners and to function as a team. We offer a variety of options each year, and strive to add new projects each year based on both faculty and student interest.

Trips, both domestic and international, are offered every year. This year we had a group of our Bobcats journey to Hawaii! 

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May 29, 2019

On Five Years: Part III

Part III of our five-year anniversary series features Subject Expert Teacher Dr. Parson, who has taught high school history for the five years BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has been open. Remember to read part I and part II of our celebration series as well!

Our Head of School Mr. Walker took a few moments to share some thoughts about the ever-popular Dr. Parson. 

Dr. Parson has been the AP U.S. Government teacher at this campus since our founding year. He has, in his time here, taught other classes however, he is universally recognized as the "AP Gov Guy". What an interesting time it has been to study government these past five years! Dr. Parson has provided the inspiration and guidance for many in-depth political conversations that have, I'm sure, spilled over from the classroom to the dinner table. Through his expert instruction Dr. Parson has produced students that are not only able to articulate their own personal view points, but are also respectful and inclusive of others. 

Each day, Dr. Parson brings history and law to life for his students. We wanted to get the nitty gritty on his experience, perspective, and day-to-day over the last five years:  

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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 12, 2019

On Five Years: Part II

Part II of our five-year anniversary features another one of our expert teaching staff, Ms. Leila Kosiba. You can see part I of our celebration series here

Our Head of School Mr. Walker took a few moments to share some thoughts about the incomparable Ms. Kosiba. 

I first saw Ms. Kosiba teach back in the mists of time (before we opened BASIS Independent Silicon Valley). She was visiting Arizona and I had the pleasure of watching her give a demo French class to BASIS Scottsdale students. They, and I, loved the class! There was an obvious passion in her teaching and the students were instantly connected to her. At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, Ms. Kosiba has taught every level of French from 7th Grade to Capstone. She has enriched our community with her dedication to French learning and her insights into life in New Caledonia. 

Ms. Kosiba has been a French Subject Expert Teacher at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley since we first opened. She has primarily worked with students in the middle school years.

We also asked Ms. Kosiba some questions about her time at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, as well as her perspective on our students, curriculum, teaching methods, and more. Read on below: 

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September 14, 2018

23 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Seniors are 2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

We are so proud to announce that 23 of our students have earned places as Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Roughly 16,000 students across the nation have qualified as Semifinalists, and we are thrilled to have continued representation on our campus.

To qualify as a Semifinalist this year, each student must have a score that falls in the top 1% on the PSAT taken during their junior year. All Semifinalists now have the opportunity to compete for a Finalist position, which could lead to securing a National Merit Scholarship. We wish our students the best, and look forward to the Finalist results coming out in February.

Please join us in congratulating our Semifinalists:

Brandon Baik

Chethan Bhateja

Jaydev Bhateja

Ethan Feng

Jasleen Ghai

Mario Goranov

Shiven Gupta

Kayra Ilkbahar

Sahil Jain

Nikhita Jayaprakash

Edrea Jiang

Aniket Kapadia

Ray Lin

Samrit Mathur

Eva Prakash

Simran Sadhwani

Alexander Seys

Lori Tsai

Abhiraam Wadekar

Dennis Woo

Krystal Yang

Beryl Zhou

Jennifer Zhou

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May 14, 2018

2018 Senior Projects: Environmental Science

The final post in our Senior Project blog series is here! On behalf of our school community: thank you for following along, engaging with our seniors’ personal blogs, and watching with us as they become scholars in their own right. The support of our community has and continues to be the bedrock to the continued success and confidence of our students.

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June 5, 2017

What are your Summer Vacation Plans?

BINS SV A.Sanayei.jpgI had the opportunity the connect with one  of our rising seniors, Armaun S. in the closing weeks of his junior year. He is an incredibly motivated and focused student, who makes every moment of summer break count. Read on to learn about his adventures during the summer between Junior and Senior year! 

Tell me about your summer plans?

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