Posts about High School Program

September 13, 2019

24 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Seniors are 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

We are so proud to announce that 24 of our students have earned places as Semifinalists in the 2020 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. 71% of our senior class was recognized this year including National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students.  

Of these Semifinalists and Commended Students, Head of School, Mr. Toby Walker gushed, "We are immensely proud of the National Merit Semifinalist and Commended Students this year. They have achieved so much as high school students and this recognition is no surprise to anyone. Please join me in congratulating each and every one of them." 

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August 27, 2019

Community Traditions: The Fall 2019 Enrichment Faire | Clubs and Athletics

A favorite Bobcat annual tradition: The Fall Enrichment Faire

On the court, the stage, and at the podium, our Bobcats participate in a variety of clubs, athletics and competitions.

The Enrichment Faire is the kickoff for the year and our Bobcat community turned out, last Friday, with great excitement to preview the variety of clubs and athletics offered for the 2019-20 school year. The gymnasium was a packed house as students met with club and athletic team leaders, and joined their classmates to learn more about each activity prior to registering for an enrichment activity.

This annual and exciting tradition showcased returning clubs such as Speech and Debate, National Honor Society, and Drama Club, with new clubs as well. The Athletics stations also saw a big turnout as students met with coaches to discuss Middle School and High School Volleyball and Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing and more.

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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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