Transitional Kindergarten: Foundation for Flourishing

For students not yet old enough for Kindergarten, the Transitional Kindergarten at BASIS Independent Fremont provides a unique program that creates a strong foundation for learning at a young age. But what makes this program work? The wonderful teachers, of course! Read on for insights from the current BASIS Independent Fremont Transitional Kindergarten teachers to discover why they love working with our youngest learners. Continue reading “Transitional Kindergarten: Foundation for Flourishing”

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”

Fifth Grade: The Foundation of Specialization

Fifth grade marks a transitional year for students at BASIS Independent Schools. Not only are they exercising more autonomy, as they no longer have the Learning Expert Teacher with them all day, but they are beginning intensive studies in new subjects such as Classics and Latin.

What does fifth grade look like for students and teachers? We asked students and teachers at BASIS Independent Fremont to find out! Continue reading “Fifth Grade: The Foundation of Specialization”

BASIS Curriculum: Middle School Program

“It makes a huge difference to have teachers who are passionate about the subjects they are teaching in every class. It makes you more excited to learn!” – Sophie, BASIS Independent McLean student

BASIS Independent Schools raises the standards of student learning to the highest international levels through our advanced, globally benchmarked curriculum. However, our schools are only able to achieve such incredible outcomes thanks to our passionate expert teachers–not just because they teach with expertise, but because each one inspires students to truly¬†love¬†learning. Good luck asking any of our students who their favorite teacher or class is; they will usually answer, “all of them!” Continue reading “BASIS Curriculum: Middle School Program”

The LET/SET Model: A Teacher’s Perspective

Through the innovative co-teaching design of the BASIS Independent Schools primary classroom–the Learning Expert Teacher/Subject Expert Teacher (LET/SET) model–two teachers work together to serve students’ different needs in each class throughout the school day.

Improving upon the traditional co-teaching model of lead teacher and assistant teacher, the expert knowledge of each individual BASIS Curriculum Schools teacher serves a unique purpose. Both teachers are experience professionals who possess deep understanding of their respective fields. Continue reading “The LET/SET Model: A Teacher’s Perspective”

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