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Our Values

At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, we are focused on preparing our students to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. We are passionate about encouraging students to think critically, to make connections, and to joyfully pursue their ambitions. Our core values as a learning community are represented through a series of deliberate, thoughtful actions that every student must work through in order to embody fully our school's legacy of academic excellence

1. Reflection

At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, students must take the time to reflect—on their schoolwork, friendships, personal growth, and futures. In doing so, they learn to critically assess and analyze all information they receive and, as a result, develop a voracious appreciation for learning and a deep understanding of a wide variety of subjects. 

2. Evaluation

Throughout their academic journey, evaluation comes into play as students go from class to class learning how advanced disciplines connect to each other and as they are contextualizing expertise. They understand that you cannot have a biology class without a history class or vice versa, as the subjects cannot and do not exist in isolation.  

3. Progression

It is critical that students are constantly progressing and evolving through their academic journey. Progression, to us, is more than moving through the year's classes and getting good grades. It signifies a student is always trying their best to grow academically, personally, and mentally, rather than remaining stagnant in their thoughts and actions. 

4. Innovation

Innovation is driven by people who are comfortable changing and affecting change. If our students are to become innovators and problem solvers, they must ask questions, challenge concepts and ideals, face failure, and press onward toward success.  

BASIS Independent Schools: Students

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley 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. Our 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 Schools.

Student Values

We Take Our Commitment to Our Learning Community Seriously

BASIS Independent Schools' 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 Schools have 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.