Ensuring students are happy, secure, and prepared to participate
Our educational philosophy is centered around student autonomy and self-advocacy. We’ve designed specific services to help empower students when they come to school each day in addition to providing many critical auxiliary services such as a lunch program, before-and after-school care, and transportation.
Ongoing student support is a critical part of our academic program. Deans regularly monitor student performance and proactively identify those who need support or are making exceptional strides.
All teachers are required to hold weekly office hours that are available to students (and guardians) who want to check in on progress, review content or homework, work on some extra skills, and more.
Whether a transferring student needs to catch up on material or a student is struggling in a particular class, a customized student support plan is necessary. Deans play a very specific role in developing and orchestrating a plan for students who need additional support above what is offered in the classroom. They meet with the student and assess, then they employ strategies such as extra teacher hours, peer tutoring, executive functioning and organizational support. Whether a student is on a Student Support Plan or not, we celebrate success as students inevitably make strides towards achieving their individual goals as scholars.
In every grade, students focus on the development of two fundamental competencies: efficient organization and productive time management. BASIS Organizational Skills for Success (BOSS) not only focuses on executive functioning skills to prepare students to tackle complex tasks, but also helps students transition into BASIS Independent Bellevue as they get to know fellow classmates and academic expectations.
Peer tutoring is purposefully designed to be a hallmark of our school. Held as an after-school program, it is designed to achieve two outcomes:
- To encourage academic confidence. Peers are often sufficiently well-equipped to explain a concept to a struggling student, and we want to give them the chance to demonstrate their knowledge.
- To normalize asking for help. Students become more comfortable with asking for help when they seek it, not just from teachers, but from fellow students.
Early Bird is a voluntary brief extension of the school day available to all students before the start of school. Early Bird provides a place for students to be dropped off early and quietly finish homework or socialize with friends in a structured, supervised environment. There is no fee for Early Bird.
Late Bird is a fee-based after-school extension of the school day available to all students until the closing time of the school. We provide students with a supervised environment in which to complete homework and an opportunity for some quiet socializing. Late Bird runs from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and has a daily drop-in fee.
We offer students healthy and delicious meal options from well-known, local restaurants. Students are provided options for dietary needs including vegetarian and nut-free.
BASIS Independent Bellevue does not offer bus transportation at this time. As our school continues to grow in size and grades, we will review the transportation needs of our school community.