BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Tops National Rankings Again!

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley once again has ranked among the best high schools in America. Niche released its 2021 Best High Schools Rankings and we are excited to share that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley ranked as the #1 best high school for STEM in California, and #2 in America for STEM.

This is the second consecutive year that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has earned the #1 Best High School in California for STEM ranking and first for its #2 in America for STEM ranking. Continue reading “BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Tops National Rankings Again!”

BASIS Independent Schools Expand to Four Campuses in New York City

New Chelsea Upper School Campus and Downtown Brooklyn Lower School Campus Slated to Open Fall 2021

BASIS Independent Schools, the world-acclaimed network of private schools, announced the expansion of BASIS Independent Manhattan to include a new Upper School campus in Chelsea that will house their growing High School Program. Meanwhile, BASIS Independent Brooklyn will expand to a separate Lower School Campus at the City Point complex in Downtown Brooklyn due to increased enrollment. Both new campuses will open in fall 2021, and applications for the 2021-2022 school year were recently launched. Continue reading “BASIS Independent Schools Expand to Four Campuses in New York City”

What’s a Seating Chart Again?

With all of our Bobcats distance learning from the comfort of their homes, we have been looking for ways to reproduce that feeling of community that is inescapable when on our campus. With this in mind, My. Meyerowitz, one of our Master Teachers who teaches English and History, was looking for a way to keep his learners connected when he requested the following assignment. He asked students to photograph their distance learning workspace, and then share them with the rest of the class to help foster a sense of classroom community. Continue reading “What’s a Seating Chart Again?”

Back to School Parade

On Friday, August 14th BASIS Independent Silicon Valley welcomed students in person via a socially distanced Back to School Parade. It was HOT, with it topping over 100 degrees in the afternoon. While a heatwave definitely made things interesting for everyone, it was all worth it to see the students. Enjoy some photos of the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley teachers and staff. We can’t wait to get back to school with everyone, but for now, fun days like this help get us through. Go Bobcats! Continue reading “Back to School Parade”

Teacher Spotlight: Shantell Cameron-Scott

Our Primary School program offers a well-rounded, integrated curriculum that challenges children to make connections across subjects and apply their knowledge. Key to that process are our Learning Expert Teachers (LET), who possess a deep knowledge of effective pedagogical techniques. Throughout the day an LET accompanies their students from classroom to classroom. Core classes are led by Subject Expert Teachers (SET), who possess deep knowledge of the content being delivered to students. The two-teacher model provides students with consistency and continuity in support and expectations while also modeling flexibility in acquisition of knowledge.

In this Teacher Spotlight, we feature one of our BASIS Independent Brooklyn second grade Learning Expert Teachers Ms. Cameron-Scott, who is beginning her third year teaching on our campus. Ms. Cameron-Scott hails from a family of educators, and she always knew she was a teacher at heart. She believes in the power of early literacy to assist students in reaching their academic potential and work at an accelerated pace. “If you introduce a child to literacy at an early age, they will make great strides in all academic areas,” shared Ms. Cameron-Scott. “For reading is the key to all understanding.” Continue reading “Teacher Spotlight: Shantell Cameron-Scott”

Teacher Spotlight: Tyler Coquelin, Physical Education Subject Expert Teacher

It’s Teacher Spotlight time! In this post, we get to know Tyler Coquelin, Physical Education Subject Expert Teacher at BASIS Independent McLean. Mr. Coquelin earned a B.S. in Physical Education from Old Dominion University and is a certified personal trainer. He was attracted to BASIS Independent McLean because he wanted to be a part of an emerging school and help influence the way students look at moving. Continue reading “Teacher Spotlight: Tyler Coquelin, Physical Education Subject Expert Teacher”

2020 Senior Project Spotlight: BASIS Independent Silicon Valley

In their final trimester as BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students, after seniors have emerged from a deep dive into university-level, content-heavy capstone courses and completed the demanding college application process, they participate in their Senior Project–a high-level research project centered around a question or topic of their choosing. Some of our students are already a year in to the two year commitment that is the Senior Research Project. Continue reading “2020 Senior Project Spotlight: BASIS Independent Silicon Valley”

Being an Exemplary Teacher

Among the ideals for which we strive at BASIS Independent Schools is to be exemplary. Competent teachers are rather common, and great teaching is a noble goal. But extending beyond excellence to be an exemplar…this is and has been our common focus. Being exemplary, I argue, must be defined, practiced and shared. Here is an example of being exemplary from BASIS Independent McLean:

First, the faculty engaged in a group exercise citing exemplars from their own lives. We noted common themes and qualities. From there, we began to articulate what we would define as qualities of exemplary teaching. Then each of us, in our own words, began to craft and hone a descriptive narrative on what constituted exemplary teaching. The resulting statements are living documents, keeping us mindful of the ideal we strive to achieve. Continue reading “Being an Exemplary Teacher”

Teacher Spotlight: David Calhoun, Science & Math Subject Expert Teacher

For our next Teacher Spotlight, we highlight , David Calhoun, Science & Math Subject Expert Teacher at BASIS Independent McLean. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry, and in addition to teaching, he has also coached state runner-ups in co-ed flag football, regional final four in boys middle school soccer, and regional champions in girls’ elementary basketball. Currently, he teaches science and math at BASIS Independent McLean, and coaches the middle school boys basketball team. Prior to teaching at BASIS Independent McLean, Mr. Calhoun taught at two BASIS Charter Schools in Texas. Working for a BASIS Curriculum School runs in his family, as two of his three brothers also work at a BASIS Curriculum School. Continue reading “Teacher Spotlight: David Calhoun, Science & Math Subject Expert Teacher”

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