Our goal is to make the admissions process a seamless, exciting experience. Below are some of the most common questions about our program. We know that you are bound to have more questions—please contact us. We’re here to help.
All applicants are required to take the BASIS Independent Schools Entrance Exam. This examination is created and administered by BASIS Independent Schools. The exam covers three topics, including math, language arts, and writing. Each section is thirty minutes in length. Preparation is not necessary. The Entrance Exam is more of a diagnostic test that is used by the Admissions Team and Head of School to find out where your student is, academically speaking. The exam will be held at our campus. Admissions does not share the results of the exam with an applicant.
We hire the country’s brightest and most promising minds: teachers who are committed to sharing their subject matter expertise with students. Our educators hold academic degrees in the disciplines they teach, spanning from Calculus to Mandarin, and have a passion for their subjects that no teacher training can provide. While many have been teaching for years in college preparatory or university settings, some are leaping into a new career, transferring from another BASIS Independent Schools campus, or leaving a research lab or corporate job to share their experience and applied knowledge with students.
Upon selection as top candidates, prospective teachers are asked to teach a lesson during one of our regular Teacher Demo Days. The Head of School will assemble classes of our prospective students, and candidates are provided the opportunity to teach a lesson, challenge students, and show their subject expertise, as well as show their ability to communicate high-level subject matter to young students while inspiring them. Our students take these sessions extremely seriously and know their feedback weighs heavily in our hiring decisions.
It is a condition of employment that our teachers demonstrate a natural connection with students and a strong ability to learn and adjust quickly to new and demanding situations.
From their very first day on our campuses, our students see and understand how seriously we take the responsibility of their education and their academic and social-emotional growth. We celebrate hard work and believe that all students can achieve amazing feats when they put their minds to it. Your child and family, along with our school administration, and faculty and staff, are all part of a team that works together to ensure the success and empowerment of each student. The support your student will receive is unmatched; the community that welcomes them to explore and learn is warm, nurturing, spontaneous, and alive with curiosity. Our results are only possible because of our culture of respect and support. Each teacher provides office hours throughout the school week for students, and students can attend our peer tutoring center Monday through Friday, as well.
At this time we do not offer financial aid, however we do offer payment plan options. Families may submit tuition in three different ways: (1) One payment, (2) Two half-payments, or (3) 10 monthly payments.
Because fundraising requires tremendous administrative support and overhead, which distracts the Head of School and detracts from the academic environment, we do not fundraise. We also do not want parents to be continually solicited for funding or hope that extra financial contributions will sway influence in the school. However, we welcome parent involvement in other ways such as the Parent Volunteer Committee.
BASIS Independent does not have resources on campuses for many special needs, and does not maintain a school psychologist; however, our teachers and administrators have a long and successful record of supporting, challenging and inspiring students who require various learning accommodations.
For questions regarding your student’s specific situation, please contact the Admissions team.
BASIS Independent School does not require school uniforms.