BASIS Independent Schools are characterized by creativity and spirit, and they are driven by best practices from the top educational systems in the world. As our private schools branch out across the U.S. and the world, one secret to maintaining excellence network-wide rests in our central Curriculum Team. These professionals work tirelessly to assess data across schools with a shared goal - to improve student outcomes deliberately, quickly, and meaningfully.
Currently BASIS Independent Schools educate students in Brooklyn, NY; Fremont, CA; McLean, VA; Manhattan, NY; and San Jose, CA. New campuses will open this fall in Bellevue, WA and Sunnyvale, CA. Our world-acclaimed curriculum taught by subject expert teachers draws families to the schools; however, a key strength that is not as well understood rests in our private school network’s ability and commitment to using data to improve continually, rather than rest on our reputation for excellence, particularly given our rapidly evolving world.
“It is critical that we have a continuity of excellence at BASIS Independent Schools,” said Toby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools. “That we hold ourselves to high standards, and that we learn from each other as school leaders and teachers across our network. The data around academic outcomes inform this approach; the collaboration among our teachers and administrators is based in large part on taking advantage of the insights our data provides. We take seriously our responsibility to act on these insights to improve our students’ experience.”
Our Bobcats do some pretty amazing things both on and off campus. Read on to learn about what some of our students have been up to outside of the classroom since the academic year began.
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.
The end of the year offered yet more opportunities for our Bobcats to engage in exciting outside competitions. Public Speaking and Robotics were a fun way for some of our students to participate in community events.
Our Bobcats are have been especially busy this fall! Not only are they involved with activities on our campus, but can often be found participating in exciting events off campus as well. Math has been a popular topic lately, with both middle school and high school students winning impressive accolades.
Our Bobcats are busy! Not only are they involved with activities on our campus, but are often also participating in exciting events off campus as well. Here is a snap shot of some of the achievements our students earned over the summer and since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year:
It is hard to believe that the 2017–2018 school year is just around the corner. There is no better time to reflect on our amazing students and all that they accomplished over the past year.
BASIS Independent Silicon Valley is thrilled to announce that one of our own, Amith V. will be participating in the CBS Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee this Saturday. Amith is no stranger to spelling competitions, and we know that he is going to do an amazing job! With the next stop being the SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee, the CBS Bay Area Regional Bee is definitely a high stakes event for these impressive spellers.
That's right - we are officially the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Bobcats!
As our school continues to flourish, we are so proud of milestones such as this. We can now proudly convey the spirit that lives within the walls of our school through the Bobcat's symbolism of strength and ferocity.
Mona Eskandari graduated from BASIS Tucson in 2007. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Ms. Eskandari is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and a Stanford Graduate Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Fellow.
Earlier this year I had a wonderful opportunity to meet with Ms. Eskandari, a BASIS Alumna, to learn about her experience attending a BASIS school. I was inspired by her accomplishments, and by how her education prepared her for college, graduate school and beyond. We recently connected again and I asked if she was willing to share what her experience at BASIS meant to her. Below is what she had to say.
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.