Learning Outside the Classroom

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Learning Outside the Classroom

We believe that every student should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of growing up and establishing character. Learning isn't limited to the classroom, and we want to ensure our students have the opportunity to associate learning in all environment and in any circumstance. BASIS Independent Silicon Valley seeks to provide a framework for learning that uses surroundings and communities outside a student's primary learning environment and that complements their academics. 

Some of the ways we inspire learning outside the classroom include:  

Project Week

The last week of school means Project Week at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Project Week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multidisciplinary projects and to engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various grade levels. Students will be grouped with Term Project Teachers for each project. 

These projects challenge our students to be cooperative learners and to function as a team. Here are just a few of the projects we are thrilled to be offering this upcoming year:  

  • Colorado River Canoe Trip
  • Contemporary/Modern Dance Workshop
  • Broadway Boot Camp
  • Physics Exploration
  • Mythological Studies  

Field Trips

Fields trips enable our students to construct their own learning in order to live successfully in the different environments that surround them. We have seen that field trips broaden the educational experience and make subject matter more relevant, especially as our field trips are purposefully crafted to sync with our curriculum. 

International Travel Opportunities

From the heart of Silicon Valley to the ends of the earth—Journey to the Galapagos 

This year we welcomed students back from an educational trip to the Galapagos Islands to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. His studies in the Galapagos Islands represent diversity, and not just diversity of species, but diversity of inquiry and understanding. In many ways, what the Galapagos represents for the development of the human intellectual experience resonates with our core values and approach to education.

To embody Darwin in our travels, we took a cross-curricular approach, sending along a History teacher and an AP Science teacher to help connections made come full circle, finding relevance from one topic within another. Collaborative learning is indicative of the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley community, and we want our students to have an appreciation of the multi-faceted nature of studying and learning.