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BASIS Independent Schools: Students

BASIS Independent students find joy in discovery, both inside and outside of the classroom.

BASIS Independent students are fundamentally risk takers. Students are not afraid to challenge themselves, their peers, their teachers, or their favorite authors. The hallmark of a BASIS Independent student is an appetite for academic challenge; the hallmark of BASIS Independent teachers is their tireless work each day to inspire and satisfy that hunger. Despite their intellectual drive, BASIS Independent kids are kids, they are real, relaxed, interested in athletics, art, music, cooking — you name it. Students are incredibly supportive and respectful of one another.

Our students are smart but above all curious. Children become BASIS Independent students in our classrooms, inspired by our great teachers, our excellent curriculum and our raised expectations for what they can achieve. At our school, we promise an education that teaches children that learning and success depend on commitment and hard work. We encourage their willingness to take on challenges, to manage the inevitable disappointments and to understand that the most authentic, joyous feelings of accomplishment are not given or bought, but earned. Our most successful students realize and fully take advantage of the endless help offered at BASIS Independent.

Student Values

We Take Our Commitment to Our Learning Community Seriously

BASIS Independent's academic rigor and high expectations for student learning require an environment free from disruption, one that fosters mutual respect among students and staff members. To accomplish this, BASIS Independent has developed a code of conduct based on five key principles of behavior:

  • 1

    Promote respect for fellow students and staff members

    All students are expected to behave in a respectful manner toward themselves, other students, staff and property. In particular, the school adheres to a zero tolerance policy toward any language or behavior that intimidates, belittles or causes physical or emotional injury to others.

  • 2

    Promote respect for all individuals

    BASIS Independent strives to provide an environment in which all students feel comfortable and thrive. For this reason, certain behaviors are strictly prohibited on school premises. These include, but are not limited to, the use of derogatory statements in reference to race, sexuality, ethnicity, culture or religious background.

  • 3

    Promote individual responsibility and responsibility for community

    BASIS Independent holds each student individually responsible for his or her own language and actions.

  • 4

    Provide a safe environment for students

    BASIS Independent staff and students work together to ensure a safe environment for all community members and any potentially dangerous situation is immediately reported to school officials.

  • 5

    Provide a disruption-free educational environment

    BASIS Independent will provide students with the kind of distraction-free learning environment that is necessary to achieve academic excellence.

The Classroom Experience

We Make Magic in the Classroom and Offer Unparalleled Support Outside of It

Our teachers are unwavering in their belief in the ability of every child to succeed. They set high expectations and offer continuous support as students rise to meet those expectations. Ask any BASIS Independent student what makes their school different, and they will first tell you "the teachers." Our teachers' passion for what they teach creates an environment in which students are nurtured and grow to love learning. Though driven by our core curriculum, teachers are given the freedom to do what they do best: lighting the fire of learning in every child.

BASIS Independent teachers are highly respected for their knowledge and insight into the individual needs of their students. Our teachers know that every child learns differently. Students are not only offered, but encouraged, to seek help and support in and out of the classroom. Every teacher has at least two hours of student hours set aside a week where students are supported one-on-one or in small groups. It is not uncommon to find older students voluntarily helping younger students during study periods, lunches, and before or after school.