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For-Credit Academic Courses

For credit sections are open to both current BASIS Independent students as well as non-BASIS Independent students who have met the Math Advancement Criteria (see your Dean for details). For-credit students are eligible for full credit upon successful completion of the course and passing of the corresponding Math Exam. Enrichment classes are open to all students. The following Economics, Fine Arts and PE courses are for BASIS Independent students entering grades 9 – 12 in fall 2020 who need to fulfill graduation requirements for Economics, Fine Arts and PE respectively. Non-BASIS Independent students may also take these for-credit courses if they wish. Please note, BASIS Independent Schools will award and accept academic credit for the below list of for-credit courses. For any non-BASIS Independent student, it is up to the discretion of your school to choose to accept this credit.
  • Pre-Algebra

    BASIS Independent students must be either rising or incoming grade 6 to be eligible to take this course (this requirement does not apply to non-BASIS Independent students).

    Pre-algebra includes topics from geometry, discrete mathematics, probability and statistics. At the end of the course, students are well-versed in areas of: fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, percentages, proportions, ratios, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions, scientific notation, and data representation, algebraic representation, and solving real-world problems. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Required Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1/2: Incremental Development Edition 3 2004; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-149-9

    Textbook rentals available for course

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–1:30 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Final Math Exam: July 24

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    BASIS Independent students must have completed Pre-Algebra or its equivalent, and have advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT (this requirement does not apply to non-BASIS Independent students).

    Follow the link to see the Math Placement Letter and learn about the approval process.

    Algebra I / Geometry covers all of the traditional first-year algebra topics while helping students build higher-order thinking skills, real-world application skills, reasoning, and an understanding of interconnecting math strands. The class focuses on multiple representations of algebraic thinking: verbal, numerical, symbolic and graphical.

    Topics covered will include algebra foundations, basic geometric concepts, functions and relations, linear equations, polynomials, rational expressions and functions, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, radical expressions and functions, quadratic equations, absolute-value equations and inequalities, and probability and data analysis. Real-world applications and continual practice/review are fundamental parts of the class and are important for mastery of the material. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Required Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1: Incremental Development (Student Edition) ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-134-5

    Textbook rentals available for course

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–1:30 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Final Math Exam: July 24

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    BASIS Independent students must have completed Algebra I/Geometry or its equivalent and have advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT (this requirement does not apply to non-BASIS Independent students).

    Follow the link to see the Math Placement Letter and learn about the approval process.

    This is the second part in a series of algebra and geometry courses. Students will continue working on concepts introduced in Algebra I/Geometry, but more in-depth. After mastering topics introduced in this course students should be able to solve equations and inequalities with absolute value, quadratic and logarithmic equations, and work with complex numbers and trigonometric functions of right triangles. Also, geometry will be incorporated and the equivalent of formal geometry will be concluded. Students will be introduced to proofs in geometry with similar and congruent figures, circles and their parts, lines, and planes. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Required Materials
    Saxon Algebra 2 Student Edition Grades 9-12 2004 ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-140-6

    Textbook rentals available for course

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–1:30 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Final Math Exam: July 24

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Economics

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020.

    The summer economics course will introduce students to the concepts of economics. This includes learning about many of the basic models in economics such as supply and demand and how specific markets and economies behave. The course will take some key elements from both microeconomics (individual and firm analyses) and macroeconomics (nationwide analyses). By the end of the course, students will be economically literate. They will be able to understand how our world works through the viewpoint of an economist. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Course Session
    June 15–July 2
    8:30 AM–1:30 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $1425

  • Digital Photography

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020.

    This course is designed to investigate and develop students’ photographic skills with an emphasis on composition as well as content. Students will explore traditional and contemporary methods of photography as well as commercial techniques. This course is based on individual expression, historical perspective and current trends as a vehicle for communication. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–1:30 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Film Studies

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020.

    Film Studies provides an overview of film history from the invention of motion picture technology to the present day. This course is broad, both chronologically and geographically, incorporating many foreign language films while focusing on the history of the American motion picture as a frame of reference. There are six major components engaged throughout the year: the evolution of the technology and its connection with major historical movements; analysis of film utilizing key terminology from films studies and theory; critique of social issues such as gender, class, race, and politics in film; creative production of a short film and exhibition in a festival; publication of a contemporary film review; and a film exhibition and discussion with an audience. In summary, film studies students will acquire language to critique historical, theoretical, technical, and social issues in film, create a short film for exhibition in a campus film festival, and generate a film review blog shared with the campus community. Course films include, but are not limited to: City Lights (1931); Bringing Up Baby (1938); Rebecca (1940); The Red Shoes (1948); High Noon (1952); Singin’ In the Rain (1952); Some Like It Hot (1959); The 400 Blows (1959); Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967); Zanjeer (1973); Raise the Red Lantern (1991); The Hate U Give (2018). Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

     

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–1:30 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Studio Art

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020.

    Students will investigate and develop their 2D and 3D art-making skills. They will explore traditional and contemporary methods of art-making, incorporating various media. The course will focus heavily on the works of contemporary artists, but will also reference historical art pieces. In addition, the class will follow thematic threads woven through time and cultures. This course is based upon the quality of individual expression, a thorough knowledge of historical perspective, and an understanding of current trends, with art as a vehicle of communication. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–1:30 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $2850 + $75 material fee

  • Competitive Sports Clinic

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020.

    This program focuses on learning technical skills in various sports. The students will rotate through a daily schedule that includes running, exercise, skill development, and competition. Throughout the summer, students will build confidence in their technique and play various sports. They will learn about the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork in all aspects of their training and physical play. By the end of the summer, the students will have learned proper mechanics, teamwork, sportsmanship, and high-level skills. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–1:30 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $2850

     

Math Enrichment

  • Pre-Algebra

    BASIS Independent students must be either rising or incoming grade 6 to be eligible to take this course (this does not apply to non-BASIS Independent students).

    Pre-Algebra  includes topics from geometry, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics. At the end of the course, students are well-versed in areas of: fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, percentages, proportions, ratios, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions, scientific notation, and data representation, algebraic representation, and solving real-world problems.

    Suggested Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1/2: Incremental Development Edition 3 2004; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-149-9

    Textbook rentals available for course

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–11:50 AM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    Completion of Pre-Algebra or its equivalent is recommended.

    Algebra I/Geometry covers all of the traditional first-year algebra topics while helping students build higher-order thinking skills, real-world application skills, reasoning, and an understanding of interconnecting math strands. The class focuses on multiple representations of algebraic thinking: verbal, numerical, symbolic, and graphical.

    Topics covered will include algebra foundations, basic geometric concepts, functions and relations, linear equations; polynomials, rational expressions and functions, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, radical expressions and functions, quadratic equations, absolute-value equations and inequalities, and probability and data analysis. Real-world applications and continual practice/review are fundamental parts of the class and are important for mastery of the material. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Suggested Materials
    Saxon Algebra 1: Incremental Development (Student Edition) ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-134-5

    Textbook rentals available for course

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–11:50 AM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    Completion of Algebra I/Geometry or its equivalent is recommended.

    This is the second part in a series of algebra and geometry courses. Students will continue working on concepts introduced in Algebra I/Geometry, but more in-depth. After mastering topics introduced in this course students should be able to solve equations and inequalities with absolute value, quadratic and logarithmic equations, and work with complex numbers and trigonometric functions of right triangles. Also, geometry will be incorporated and the equivalent of formal geometry will be concluded. Students will be introduced to proofs in geometry with similar and congruent figures, circles and their parts, lines, and planes. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Suggested Materials
    Saxon Algebra 2 Student Edition Grades 9-12 2004 ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-140-6

    Textbook rentals available for course

    Course Session
    June 15–July 24
    8:30 AM–11:50 AM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $2250

World Language Enrichment

  • Spanish

    For students entering grades 6-10 in the fall of 2020.

    A two week Spanish course for students who need to catch up on or bolster their skills. The course will emphasize  grammatical structures and verb tenses; such as simple present, present progressive, future tenses, and reflexive verbs. This course moves beyond daily life into topics such as travel, sports, leisure activities, childhood, news, and professions. Skills are developed through reading, writing, and listening activities, as well as public speaking and presentations. By the end of this course, students will have established fundamentals in Spanish and be prepared to start Spanish II.

    Course Session
    July 6–July 17
    2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Tuition
    $750

  • French Immersion

    For students entering grades 8 – 9 in the fall of 2020.

    Highly recommended for students with no prior French exposure, this course allows students to learn French basic vocabulary and grammar concepts in a fun and non-academic setting. Students will engage in role-play and short skits; they will participate in games, sing songs, create art projects, work in small groups as they communicate in French and collaborate with other students. Students will have short breaks and lunchtime (lunch is not included).

    Course Session
    June 8–June 12
    9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

    Tuition
    $675

Science Enrichment

  • Biology Week 1

    For students entering grades 7–8 in the fall of 2020.

    This one week biology course covers grades 6 and 7 and introduces students to the cellular world, specifically how cells come together in billions of different combinations to produce the enormous variety of life on this planet. After learning what it means to be a biologist – to not only ask questions about the living world around oneself, but within oneself as well – students will explore and explain the underlying mechanisms that govern the functioning of all living organisms. By the end of this course, students should not only have a baseline knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, but also understand how humans compare and contrast with our distant relatives, the Plant Kingdom.

    Course Session
    June 15–June 19
    1:45 PM – 3:45 PM

    Tuition
    $250

  • Biology Week 2

    For students entering grade 9 in the fall of 2020.

    This one week biology course covers grade 8 and will further students’ comprehension of cells by learning more in depth about cellular processes and the maintenance of homeostasis. The course will dive into details of biochemistry of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Cellular transport and membrane structure are emphasized. Plant processes like photosynthesis are studied at a molecular level. The students will learn all the basic reactions occurring in the process of cellular respiration. Cell division, Genetics, DNA structure, DNA replication, transcription and translation are studied in depth. Evolutionary and ecological concepts will be reinforced especially in the context of genetics. This course is an excellent preparatory course for honors biology.

    Course Session
    June 22–June 26
    1:45 PM – 3:45 PM

    Tuition
    $250

  • Chemistry

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2020.

    In the summer chemistry program, students will be introduced to measurements and significant figures, atomic structure, types of matter, physical and chemical changes, bonding and chemical reactions. They will learn how to read the periodic table, name simple ionic and covalent compounds and do chemical calculations involving moles and Avogadro’s number. The instruction will be a mix of hands-on activities, guided inquiry, lecture, and lab experiments.

     

    Course Session
    June 29–July 10
    1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $450

  • Chemistry Boot Camp

    For students entering grades 9-11 in the fall of 2020.

    In this 15 hour boot camp, students will gain understanding of basic chemistry concepts necessary to keep up with the pace of the Honors Chemistry curriculum. The summer course will cover atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, reactions, chemical equations and stoichiometry through a combination of direct instruction, guided inquiry and hands on activities/experiments.

    Course Session
    June 15–June 19
    12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

    Tuition
    $425

  • Physics

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2020.

    First Time Physics teaches the essential definitions and descriptions of classical physics in the areas such as motion, forces, Newton’s laws, momentum, energy and electrostatics. Mathematically, our course will primarily use three variable equations with basic algebra. Students must clearly solve these equations for missing variables and use proper units and notation. The core focus of First Time Physics is upon building fluent verbal descriptions of physical systems as well as learning fundamental rules for solving problems in classical physics. This will help prepare students for the coming year’s most challenging topics such as 2-D vectors, 2-D kinematics, 2-D force analysis, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum and electrostatics.

    Course Session
    July 13–July 24
    1:45 PM – 3:45 PM

    Tuition
    $500

Writing

  • Essay Writing Blueprint

    For students entering grades 5-6 in the fall of 2020.

    Writing is an essential skill that all middle school students will use in their classes. This Essay Writing Blueprint course offers younger students a chance to develop their writing skills in a fun week-long writing course. Students will practice writing paragraphs and short essays about different topics, including many topics of their own choosing! Our time will be spent on building students’ abilities, confidence, and enjoyment in writing of all kinds.

    Course Sessions
    June 29–July 2; July 13–July 17
    8:30 AM–11:30 AM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $280  (June 29–July 2)
    $350 (July 13–July 17)

  • Essay Writing Blueprint

    For students entering grades 7–8 in the fall of 2020.

    Clear and concise writing is the essential way that students demonstrate their ideas and understanding in all of their classes.  This week-long course offers students in rising grades 7 and 8 the chance to hone their essay writing skills while also developing their own unique voice as a writer.  Students will improve their grammar and vocabulary knowledge, as well as practice different styles of essay-writing, including research essays, persuasive essays, and personal essays.  Our time will be spent building students’ abilities, confidence, and enjoyment in writing.

    Course Session
    July 6 –July 10
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

    Tuition
    $350 per session

  • Writing Preparation for SAT

    For students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2020.

    This week-long SAT summer course will prepare students for the reading, writing, and essay sections of the SAT.  In this course, students will develop their reading comprehension, analytical thinking, and writing skills through language study and practice exams.  Students will also write several SAT essays responding to different prompts in order to improve the design of thesis statements, content, and essay organization. This course, in addition to preparing students for the SAT, will also be useful in laying the foundations for AP English Language and Composition. 

    Course Session
    June 29–July 2
    July 6–July 10
    July 13–July 17
    12:30 PM–3:30 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $280 (June 29–July 2)
    $350 (July 6 –July 10; July 13 –July 17)                                                                           

Sports

  • Basketball

    For students entering grades 5-12 in the fall of 2020.

    This basketball program provides high-level training and elite coaching for young athletes, and will help all players prepare for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. We will focus on the importance of teamwork, I.Q, defense, shooting, footwork, ball handling, and attacking the basket. We will also address character development on and off the court.

    Coach Brandon, our new Auxiliary and Summer Programs Manager, comes to BASIS Independent Silicon Valley with five years of experience coaching basketball at all levels (youth, middle school, high school and college). As a former athlete himself, Coach Brandon played for Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA where his team won two CIF State Championships in three years. Both former NBA veteran Jason Hart and LA City Section Great Derrick Taylor successfully led the team. Mr. Perry was an all-City CIF his senior year. He attended Cal State Northridge, transferring to the University of San Diego following his freshman year. At UCSD he enjoyed a successful playing career and earned his Liberal Studies undergraduate degree. While playing in college, he posted career highs in points at UCLA with 16, and Eastern Washington with 19.

    Course Sessions
    June 29–July 2 (Grades 5-8)
    July 6 –July 10 (Grades 9-12)
    1:45 PM–4:45 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 3)

    Tuition
    $280 (June 29–July 2)
    $350 (July 6 –July 10) 

  • Volleyball

    For students entering grades 5 – 8 in the fall of 2020.

    Students will learn basic volleyball skills including warm-up routines and stretches. As always, the concepts of teamwork and communication will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to skills including the forearm pass, setting, serving, format rotation, spiking, blocking, and rally scoring. The focus will be keeping the ball in play. The basic underhand serve will lead up to the overhand serve which requires a great deal of practice to master. After a few lessons, the students will be able to combine their newfound skills to play a mini modified volleyball game.

    Course Sessions
    June 15–June 19 (Grades 5 & 6)
    June 22 –June 26 (Grades 7 & 8)
    1:45 PM–4:45 PM

    Tuition
    $350 per session

Questions?

Please email sv.summer@basisindependent.com.

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