Posts about Student Life

February 18, 2022

BISV Lower Playground

We are just months away from opening our brand new BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower Campus and we are already busy finalizing the new playground! 

Ms. Brooklynn Titus, our Head of School, has loved working with our construction and design teams over the last few months to finalize the playground design. We couldn't be more thrilled to share these renderings with our future Bobcats, and hope you are as excited as we are!

Keep reading below to learn about some of the specific design elements in the new playground area opening this fall. 

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January 6, 2022

Top 5 Blogs of 2021

2021 has been quite a year! We regularly publish articles on student life, our community, school accomplishments, and more to both celebrate and highlight our Bobcat community. From college acceptance information to Mandarin in the Lower School, read on to review the Top 5 most-read blog posts of 2021.

We look forward to 2022, and what our amazing community will accomplish in the next year. 

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June 11, 2021

Top 10 Questions Asked Every Admissions Season

Every admissions season we field hundreds of questions about the admissions process, our program, the transition, student life, electives, extracurriculars, and so much more! 

While we are happy to speak to every one of our families, we notice the same questions being asked consistently. 

Keep reading below to learn more about the top ten questions asked every admissions season. 

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December 28, 2020

Top 5 Blogs of 2020

2020 has been quite a year! We regularly publish articles on student life, our community, school accomplishments, and more to both celebrate and highlight our Bobcat community. From college acceptance information to Senior Projects, read on to review the Top 5 most read blog posts of 2020. We look forward to 2021, and what our community will present for the next year. 

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January 9, 2020

What Are Our Middle School Students Doing Outside the Classroom?

Being a BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Bobcat means actively participating in a vibrant learning community, enjoying endless opportunities to connect studies with the real world, discovering new talents and skills, and building lasting bonds of friendship and camaraderie.

For our Middle School students, all of these are achievable through our Enrichment Programs, Sports & Athletics, and Term Project Trips. 

For the 2019 - 20 school year, we have 55 different offerings between after-school clubs and athletics. Over 80% of our students participate in these activities. 

Below is just a highlight of some of the things we offer to our Middle School Community. 

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November 22, 2019

Shadow Day at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley

We know there's nothing quite like trying something on to see if it truly is the right fit. That’s why we invite students on campus to join us for a Shadow Day so they can experience a day at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley!

What is a Shadow Day? It's an opportunity for a prospective student to spend the entire day on our campus shadowing the grade they are interested in. They will attend a full day of classes, eat lunch, have outside time, attend office hours, meet teachers, participate in classes, get to know a group of students, and so much more! This is not a requirement of the application process, just a perk! 

We often hear from prospective families that they have questions about the transition, the academics, the culture, they don't know if their child can keep up with the schedule, etc. We believe the Shadow Day puts parents, and students, questions to rest. By being on campus and spending a day in classes with real BASIS Independent Silicon Valley teachers and students, they are able to meet students with similar backgrounds (i.e. public to private), learn what the workload is like from students actually doing it, and also learn how students, who had the same questions they did, transitioned with the help of their teachers and Student Affairs Team. 

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November 15, 2019

Fall Drama Production: Puffs!

This past weekend, the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Drama Club treated our Bobcat community to quite the event. Puffs (Two Act for Young Wizards) by Matt Cox, proved to be fun and hilarious, with shining performances from all. The majority of shows sold out in this limited five performance run, and the audience was full of parents, teachers and staff, and fellow students.

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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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July 22, 2019

Why Latin in the Middle School?


Why do we teach Latin in 5th and 6th? What's the benefit?

Students at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley study Latin in 5th and 6th grade because it helps shape them into well-rounded students with a good knowledge of western history, literature, and language.  Western society has been shaped by Roman ideas and ideals for two millennia, and learning the language, history, and mythology of the Romans helps our students to see the traces they've left behind in our own society. 

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