Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is to turn the typically stressful admissions process into a seamless, exciting experience. Below are some of the most common FAQs about our program. We know that you are bound to have more questions—please contact us or visit one of our informational events and we will be happy to address them.
  • What is the application process?

    Submit an online application, along with a $65 non-refundable application fee, download student transcript requests and letter of recommendation forms, and schedule an entrance exam and a family meeting. For more details, click here.

  • What happens if I miss the deadline?

    The admissions deadlines are purposefully arranged throughout the admissions cycle, and it is best to adhere to them. If you miss the initial deadline, you will be placed in a secondary pool for rolling admissions and given a secondary priority to those students who completed their applications before the deadline.

  • Do you offer a shadow program?

    Our shadow program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid fall through the end of April, and is open to students who have applied and scheduled their entrance exam and family meeting. The program is very popular and we encourage families who think their student may want to experience a shadow day at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley to sign up early. The weeks leading up to deadlines tend to be very busy and we are not always able to accommodate requests in those time periods, so please plan accordingly. Contact our admissions department to schedule a shadow day.

  • The curriculum is challenging; how do I know my child will succeed?

    From their very first day as a BASIS Independent Silicon Valley student, all new students are placed on an academic support plan. At the start of the new school year, your student meets with his or her dean once a week to ensure a smooth transition.

    Ours is an environment that champions hard work and the belief that all students can meet high standards with the right level of support. Our administrative staff, faculty, and deans partner with you and your child, to ensure that he or she feels successful and empowered. The support your child will receive is unmatched; our school environment is warm, spontaneous, alive with curiosity, and always nurturing. Our results are possible because of our culture of learning and support. Teachers provide office hours throughout the school week for students and parents, and are available to talk through concerns or questions. Our student-led Peer Tutoring program operates after school, Monday through Friday, and to help expand their networks and become comfortable asking for help.

    Read more about student services.

  • What kind of transportation is offered?

    We offer a private bus service from key locations in the valley for an additional fee. We partner with ZUM, a ride sharing program for students, and we also facilitate carpools via Carpool to School.

  • What type of extracurricular activities do you offer?

    While the classroom experience is tremendously important to our students, we also offer an array of sports and clubs to enrich life outside of the classroom. Our offerings are always based on student and teacher interest.

  • Do you offer financial aid?

    At this time we do not offer any financial aid.

  • What resources will you have in your school for students with special needs?

    We do not maintain a school psychologist, nor have anyone on campus who is certified in special education. However, our deans will follow accommodations based on recommendations from outside professionals that follow the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Above all, our strong and results-oriented support team of teachers and administrators will be a robust system of support for every student.

  • What distinguishes BASIS Independent Schools from BASIS Charter Schools?

    BASIS Independent Schools and BASIS Charter Schools are a part of the BASIS Curriculum Schools Network. All BASIS Curriculum Schools feature the tested, refined, and proven educational philosophy and learning approach that has been developed since 1998 and is now in place in 37 schools across the United States and internationally.

    BASIS Independent Schools are for-profit, private schools with a simple business objective: to foster an internationally acclaimed learning experience at an exceptional value. As an independent school, we will not have a board of trustees, nor will there be any fundraising expectations. The school is owned by its investors, and like any business, to thrive the school must satisfy its customers—in this case, our parents, guardians, and grandparents, who pay the tuition.

    This helps ensure our Head of School is able to focus entirely on his or her educational mission: managing teachers and ensuring the quality of the learning culture.