The liberal arts and sciences BASIS Curriculum provides students many opportunities to demonstrate excellence in and out of the classroom. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students and teachers at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Below is a selection of media recognition of school achievements and noteworthy happenings around campus and across our network:
Inside the $28,000-a-year private school where children of tech workers learn to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk
“In a school inside a former IBM office building in San Jose, California, students in grades five through 12 take on some of the most rigorous classes offered at any American grade school.
Each student at Basis Independent Silicon Valley takes a minimum of six Advanced Placement courses and completes their graduation requirements before senior year, when they embark on capstone classes and independent research. Many go onto top colleges like Stanford and Cornell. In class, kids develop a mastery of all things STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And for some students, the school could be just a stepping stone on their way to becoming the next Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg.”
Tech workers in Silicon Valley are sending their kids to a $28,000-a-year private school that shuns technology
“The school said it shuns technology as a tool for teaching and uses laptops and tablets only when a teacher requires them for instruction — a practice that falls in line with the thinking of entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who largely raised their kids tech-free. “I think we see technology as a tool; we don’t necessarily see it as the solution in and of itself,” said Ian Block, CEO of BASIS Independent Schools, a company that runs seven private schools in the Bay Area and New York City. “What really makes our classroom work is the teacher.”
Local teen earns berth in national Brain Bee
-Los Altos Town Crier
“At the age of 12, I went to India and a family member who was a neurosurgeon let me watch a brain surgery,” he said. “From that point on, I’ve been really interested in it.” Bhateja’s interest in neuroscience only heightened at BASIS, a private school in San Jose, where he’s been able to take advanced science classes. “The biology department is absolutely amazing,” he said. “They are very fostering of interests in just about any branch of biology.” As a sophomore, Bhateja joined the Neuroscience Club at BASIS, where he was introduced to Brain Bee.”
Indian American Teens Team Up with High Tech Companies Team to Help the Homeless
Kattuparambil and Arjun, both passionate cricketers, teamed with Project Night Night to establish Cricket for a Cause, connecting the game with the nonprofit. The first of such events took place March 31 and April 1 with teams from Amazon, Hortonworks, Infosys, Oracle, PwC and TechMahindra taking part. The event, won by the Amazon team, raised funds for the nonprofit. Sixty percent of the funds went to Project Night Night. All the teams signed tote bags and those were delivered to the Casa de Clara Shelter in San Jose.”
Bay Area BioGENEius Biotechnology Competition: An Interview with CLSI’s Lori Lindburg
The California Life Sciences Institutes (CLSI) recently named the winners of the 2019 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge. This challenge is a Bay Area competition for high school students that focuses on the students’ individual research projects in the life sciences. The winner of the Challenge receives a cash award and a trip to the BIO International Convention, where they will compete in the Biotechnology Institute’s International BioGENEius Challenge, which this year is being held in Philadelphia in June.
PA Philharmonic showcases 3 local musicians
-Los Altos Town Crier
Three students from Los Altos are scheduled to perform at the Palo Alto Philharmonic’s Family Concert 3-5 p.m. Sunday at De Anza College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino The three local musicians are among the eight winners of the Palo Alto Philharmonic 2019 Concerto Movement Competition who will be featured at the concert.