At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, we are preparing our students to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. We are passionate about teaching students to think critically, to make connections, and to pursue their ambitions unafraid of uncertainty. Our values manifest as a series of deliberate, thoughtful processes that every student must face to embody fully our school’s legacy of academic excellence.
Students must take the time to reflect—on schoolwork, friendships, and self. To reflect is to critically assess and analyze all information received and, as a result, develop a deep appreciation for the learning process and the breadth of opportunities to do so throughout a student’s education.
Throughout their academic journey, evaluation is key as students move from thinking of disciplines in discreet silos to learning how content connects. When they understand that, for example, biology as we know it doesn’t exist without history, they’ve gained the critical ability of evaluation and perspective.
It is critical for students to constantly progress and evolve throughout their academic journey. Progression, to us, is more than moving through the year’s classes and getting good grades. It means a student is always trying his or her best to grow academically, and personally and doesn’t settle or stagnate in their thoughts and actions.
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.