The liberal arts and sciences BASIS Curriculum provides students many opportunities to demonstrate excellence in and out of the classroom. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students and teachers at BASIS Independent Schools. Below is a selection of media recognition of school achievements and noteworthy happenings across our network:
BASIS Independent Manhattan Launches Fall 2017 Admissions Campaign
-The PR Newswire
BASIS Independent Manhattan will serve students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The school will start enrolling students beginning this summer for the school year starting fall 2017. The school’s campus is located at 795 Columbus Avenue. Graduates of BASIS Independent Manhattan will matriculate into BASIS Independent Brooklyn, the PreK through 12th grade institution located in Red Hook that opened to acclaim in 2014.
A revolutionary school ‘turns back the clock’ in Brooklyn
-New York Post
“… As headmaster Hadley Ruggles tells me, “Brooklyn is a progressive place, and it looks like we have rolled back the clock.” The students are taught grammar. Math in the early grades involves drilling. Students are required to take three years of Latin. Writing is focused on analytical work, not “journaling.” The school does offer some trendy classes: Elementary school requires several years of engineering and Mandarin. But they’ve also stuck with Advanced Placement classes, even as many schools have dropped them out of fear that kids will burn out from all the tests. Students as young as eighth grade are taking APs and scoring well.”
Inside the $28,000-a-year private school where children of tech workers learn to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk
“In a school inside a former IBM office building in San Jose, California, students in grades five through 12 take on some of the most rigorous classes offered at any American grade school.
Each student at Basis Independent Silicon Valley takes a minimum of six Advanced Placement courses and completes their graduation requirements before senior year, when they embark on capstone classes and independent research. Many go onto top colleges like Stanford and Cornell. In class, kids develop a mastery of all things STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And for some students, the school could be just a stepping stone on their way to becoming the next Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg.”
Students from McLean school focus on science, environment in Galápagos Islands
“Students studied plant, animal and habitat conservation, and visited the Darwin Research Center and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about conservation efforts for endangered animals. Students were able to swim with sea turtles, snorkel with puffer fish and sea urchins, walk the Galápagos Islands’ Flamingo Lake, hike the Sierra Negra volcano, visit the Twin Craters and see lava tunnels. Though the trip was science-focused, students were immersed in the Spanish language and Ecuadorian culture, as well. They tried new foods and traditional dancing, and had the chance to experience local traditions, religious parades and customs.”
Dr. Ashley Leyba, Developing a Growth Mindset in Students
This episode features Dr. Ashley Leyba, Founding Head of School at BASIS Independent Fremont. She discusses the power of giving teachers a lot of autonomy and developing student engagement through social-emotional learning. Dr. Leyba is focused on developing a growth mindset within her students and invests families by strategically explaining why her school is implementing its initiatives. Listen in to hear about how the school is valuing skill-based learning with international benchmarking over traditional content-based mastery.