As Head of the Lower School, Ms. Shari D. Cameron proudly leads BASIS Independent Brooklyn’s expansion to a brand new Pre-K through grade 2 campus in Downtown Brooklyn. Starting in fall, the new 62,000 square foot Lower School campus will serve our youngest scholars. When the doors open at City Point (413 Albee Square West), Ms. Cameron will be right there with her hand-picked team of faculty and staff warmly greeting each student and family. Continue reading “Meet the Head of School for BASIS Independent Brooklyn’s New Lower School Campus”
Every BASIS Independent School aims to bring together educators who are knowledgeable, driven, and believe that with the right support and encouragement, any child can excel. As part of our teacher profile series, we wanted to feature someone who exemplifies that approach. Mr. Festo is one of our fourth grade Learning Expert Teachers (LETs) at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. He leads students through what we call a “bridge year”–a time focused on growing student independence and building the skills to make connections organically. Continue reading “Teacher Spotlight: Michael Festo, Learning Expert Teacher”
BASIS Independent Brooklyn is coming to Downton Brooklyn! In fall 2021, a new 62,000 square-foot Lower School Campus will open at City Point (138 Willoughby Street). The new campus offers the opportunity to customize a modern, large space to the needs of Early Learning and early Primary students in Pre-K through Grade 2. After Grade 3, students would then step up to the original 100,000+ square-foot Red Hook campus.
One of the defining elements of our Primary Program is our Symbiotic Classroom, an elementary classroom teaching model that pairs a Subject Expert Teacher with a Learning Expert Teacher for every core discipline. Continue reading “The SET/LET Relationship: The Symbiotic Classroom Experience”
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”
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!”
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”
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?”
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”
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”