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 $75 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 May, 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 over 65 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?

    BASIS Independent will not have resources on campuses for many special needs, and we will also not maintain a school psychologist; however, our teachers and administrators have a long and successful record of supporting, challenging and inspiring students who require various learning accommodations.

    Ask any experienced BASIS Independent teacher what a BASIS Independent student looks like and they will give you this very straightforward answer: a BASIS Independent student works hard, asks questions, and helps other people.  All we ask is that the student is willing to work. At BASIS Independent Schools, we build on that educational competency. Above all, our strong and results-oriented support team of teachers and administrators never gives up on a student.

    For questions regarding your student’s specific situation, please contact your Head of School.