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For-Credit Academic Courses

The following Math courses are offered both for credit and enrichment and will run concurrently. For-credit sections are open only to BASIS students who have met the Math Advancement Criteria (see your Dean for details). New students may sign up for the math summer program once they have completed all enrollment activities. Enrichment classes are open to all BASIS and non-BASIS students who meet the course pre-requisites. BASIS students will have priority registration and are eligible for full credit upon successful completion of the course and passing of the corresponding Math Placement Exam. The following economics course is for BASIS students entering grades 9–12 in fall 2018 who need to fulfill the required ½ credit in Economics. BASIS students will be eligible for ½ credit upon successful completion of the course.   The following World History course is for BASIS students entering grades 9–12 in fall 2018 who need to fulfill the required partial credit in World History. BASIS students will be eligible for partial credit upon successful completion of the course. 
  • Pre-Algebra

    Saxon Pre-Algebra (or Algebra ½) 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.

    All students will need to successfully pass the math placement exam on July 27th with a score of 90% or higher to receive credit for this course.

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

    Admissions Requirements
    Completion of Math 8/7 as 5th grader, or entering as 6th grader. Follow the link to see the Math Placement Letter and the approval process.

    New incoming students may sign up for the math summer program once they have completed all enrollment activities.

    Course Sessions
    June 18–July 27
    9:00 AM–2:00 PM
    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    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).

    All students will need to successfully pass the math placement exam on July 27 with a score of 90% or higher to receive credit for this course.

    Required materials
    • TI-83/84 calculator
    • Saxon Algebra 1: Incremental Development (Student Edition) ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-134-5

    Admissions requirements
    Completion of Pre-Algebra or its equivalent, and advancement approval. Follow the link to see the Math Placement Letter and the approval process.

    New incoming students may sign up for the math summer program once they have completed all enrollment activities.

    Course Sessions
    June 18–July 27

    9:00 AM–2:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    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).

    All students will need to successfully pass the math placement exam on July 27 with a score of 90% or higher to receive credit for this course.

    Required materials
    • TI-83/84 calculator
    • Saxon Algebra 2 Student Edition Grades 9-12 2004 ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-140-6

    Admissions requirements
    Completion of Algebra I or its equivalent, and advancement approval. Follow the link to see the Math Placement Letter and the approval process.

    New incoming students may sign up for the math summer program once they have completed all enrollment activities.

    Course Sessions
    June 18–July 27

    9:00 AM–2:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Economics

    For BASIS Independent students entering grades 9–12 in fall of 2018.

    The summer economics course will introduce students to the economic style of thinking. This includes learning about many of the basic models in economics, including supply and demand, and later transitioning to more complicated models explaining 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 should be able to use economics as an additional lens to help understand our world, and will be literate in terms of understanding the actions of US government in driving the direction of the country’s economy.

    Course Sessions
    June 18–July 6

    9:00 AM–2:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $1425

  • World History

    For BASIS Independent students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2018

    This World History course will focus on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance—focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures—provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course.

    This four-week class encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions. Students will be using four different books by prominent historians to analyze different perspectives of world history.

    Required materials
    • Strayer, Robert W. Ways of the World: Brief Global History with Sources, Combined Volume, 3rd Edition. ISBN 13: 978-1-4576-9991-7
    • Harari, Yuval N. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. , 2015. Print. ISBN-10: 0099590085
    • Kurlansky, Mark. Salt: A World History. New York: Walker and Co, 2002. Print. ISBN-10: 0142001619
    • MacGregor, Neil. A History of the World in 100 Objects. London: Allen Lane, 2010. Print. ISBN-10: 0143124153

    Course Sessions
    June 18–July 13

    9:00 AM–2:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $1900

Math

  • Pre-Algebra

    Saxon Pre-Algebra (or Algebra ½) 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.

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

    Admissions requirements
    Completion of Math 8/7 as 5th grader, or entering as 6th grader.

    Course Sessions
    June 18–July 27

    9:00 AM–12:20 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    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
    • TI-83/84 calculator
    • Saxon Algebra 1: Incremental Development (Student Edition) ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-134-5

    Admissions requirements
    Completion of Pre-Algebra or its equivalent, and advancement approval.

    Course Sessions
    June 18 – July 27

    9:00 AM – 12:20 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    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
    • TI-83/84 calculator
    • Saxon Algebra 2 Student Edition Grades 9-12 2004 ; ISBN 13: 978-1-56577-140-6

    Admissions requirements
    Completion of Algebra I or its equivalent, and advancement approval.

    Course Sessions
    June 18 – July 27

    9:00 AM – 12:20 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $2250

Science

  • Biology I

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2018

    Week 1 biology course covers grades 6 and 7 and will introduce students to the cellular world and 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 ask questions about the living world not only around oneself, but oneself as well—students will explore and explain the underlying mechanisms that govern the functioning of all living organisms. By this 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 Sessions
    June 18–June 22

    2:15 PM–4:15 PM

    Tuition
    $250

  • Biology II

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2018

    Week 2 biology course covers grade 8 and will further student’s 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 and AP biology.

    Course Session
    June 25–June 29

    2:15 PM–4:15 PM

    Tuition
    $250

  • Chemistry

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2018

    In 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 Sessions
    July 16–July 27

    2:15 PM–4:15 PM

    Tuition
    $500

  • Physics

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2018

    “First Time Physics” seeks to learn 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 Sessions
    July 2–July 13

    2:15 PM–4:15 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $450

Engineering and Technology

  • Robotics Design Code Build Bootcamp

    For students entering grades 6–10 in the fall of 2018

    This workshop will feature VEX IQ  and Lego EV3 design kits.  Small teams of students will start off by learning about the design and prototyping process.  There will be daily mini-competitions as well as a grand finale Tournament.  All students will learn block coding.  While line coding is not a focus, self-directed students will have access to Robot C.  Grab your friends and come have fun building, coding and competing.

    Course Sessions
    June 18–June 22         1:00 PM–4:00 PM
    June 25–June 29         1:00 PM–4:00 PM

    Tuition
    $350 per session

  • Advanced Robotics Laboratory

    For students entering grades 8–11 in the fall of 2018

    Self-directed students will have access to building VEX VRC parts and coding with Robot C.  Creating successful VRC robots takes a lot of time and experience from a team.  Grab a friend and conquer a sprint challenge.  Mentoring sessions and check points will be provided.  You may choose to focus on programing or building. This is your chance for hands on time with robotics technology. The challenge is there, are you up to it?

    Pre-requisite experience required.

    Course Sessions
    June 18–June 22         1:00 PM–4:00 PM
    June 25–June 29         1:00 PM–4:00 PM

    Tuition
    $200 per session

  • Mobile Video Game Design with Stencyl

    For students ages 9–14

    Join TechSmart Academy at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Understand game design by laying out, planning and working with the nuts and bolts of the extensive Stencyl libraries. Learn to develop interactive video games for mobile devices with slick graphical user interfaces while comprehending concepts such as event handling, decision making and control structures. Laptops provided. No prior programming experience necessary.

    Course Sessions
    June 18–June 22

    9:00 AM–4:00 PM

    Tuition
    $500

  • App Inventor Mobile Application Design

    For students ages 9–14

    Join TechSmart Academy at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Explore the mechanics behind MIT’s App Inventor, a visual drag and drop interactive tool, by building mobile apps for Android devices! Understand app design and programming concepts by working on a variety of projects and games that take advantage of all of App Inventor’s capabilities. Laptops provided. No prior programming experience necessary.

    Course Sessions
    June 25–June 29

    9:00 AM–4:00 PM

    Tuition
    $500

  • Web Design Adventures

    For students ages 9–14

    Join TechSmart Academy at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Take on a digital journey, one that starts with storyboarding and ends with a snazzy website. Along this journey, learn HTML, Cascading Style Sheets and JavaScript. ​Explore HTML tags, structural elements and include graphics and animation. Then, create cool design effects with Cascading Style Sheets and code in interactivity with JavaScript. Laptops provided. No prior programming experience necessary

    Course Sessions
    July 23–July 27

    9:00 AM–4:00 PM

    Tuition
    $500

Writing

  • Essay Writing Blueprint

    For students entering grades 6–8 in the fall of 2018

    Is essay writing something that makes you anxious or confused? Do you find it hard to brainstorm ideas for your writing or have issues knowing what type of writing you should be employing on different mediums? Join us in a one week course that will work to improve your writing skills across different formats. Students will lean standardized essay writing for AP World History classes throughout the regular school year. As such, time will be spent discussing and practicing writing skills for exam essay writing (with an emphasis on thesis statements and structure), electronic communication, presentation type writing, creative writing; business writing (letters, memos, resumes), and casual/friendly communication. Have fun while improving skills necessary for growth in any subject!

    Course Sessions
    June 25–June 29          9:00 AM–12:00 PM
    July 9–July 13               9:00 AM–12:00 PM

    Tuition
    $350 per session

  • Writing Preparation for SAT

    For students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2018

    This summer course is designed to prepare students for the writing section of the SAT. We will focus on identifying purpose, audience, and various rhetorical techniques used by authors. Additionally, we will be writing several SAT essays responding to a variety of prompts in order to improve our construction of thesis statements, developing content, and 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 Sessions
    June 18–June 22

    9:00 AM–12:00 PM

    Tuition
    $350 per session

  • Writing Preparation for AP History Exams

    For students entering grades 8–12 in the fall of 2018

    This workshop is designed to help students conquer the Free Response Questions on AP History Exams. Learn about the expectations, rubrics, and construction of a well-crafted response. In this workshop, students will practice the three types of FRQ: Short Answer Question, Document-Based Question, and Long Essay. Through history lectures and practical essay practice, students will walk away with confidence as they enter the New Year in AP.

    Course Sessions
    June 18–June 22         9:00 AM–12:00 PM
    July 16–July 20            9:00 AM–12:00 PM
    July 23–July 27            1:00 PM–4:00 PM

    Tuition
    $350 per session

College Preparation

  • Multimedia Presentations for Academia and the Professions

    For students entering grades 7–12 in the fall of 2018

    This summer course is designed to assist students in developing confidence, verbal poise, and effective multimedia presentations for higher education and the professions. Students will deconstruct the habits of effective speakers, develop presentations of their own for a variety of disciplines and fields, rehearse and execute polished multimedia presentations, and make compelling visual and rhetorical arguments. This course, in addition to helping students become articulate public speakers and presenters, will be useful in laying the foundation for several Upper School courses, including AP Capstone and Post-AP Seminars.

    Course Sessions
    June 18–June 22

    1:00 PM–4:00 PM

    Tuition
    $350

  • 4 Point ACT or 180 Point SAT Guarantee

    Only for BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students entering grades 7–12 in the fall of 2018

    In this program, you will improve at least 4 points on the ACT or 180 points on the SAT! Zenith Tutoring, our partner, will be providing private attention to each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan for each student, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials, with access to over 1000 test preparation videos prepared by Zenith.

    The class format is also very flexible in that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any 10 sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in the fall, as well as Zenith’s Mountain View location any time during the summer or fall.

    Note: With this program, the maximum guarantee provided is a 32 on the ACT or a 1420 on the SAT. For example, a student starting with a 29 on the ACT would receive the same guarantee (32) as one who starts with a 28. That said, there’s no reason you couldn’t exceed the guarantee; many of Zenith’s students do!

    For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-silicon-valley

    Course Sessions
    June 18–July 27

    M, W, F; 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $1,500 for the entire duration of the program, with all materials included.

  • 7 Point ACT or 300 Point SAT Guarantee

    Only for BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students entering grades 7–12 in the fall of 2018

    In this program, you will improve at least 7 points on the ACT or 300 points on the SAT! Zenith Tutoring, our partner, will be providing private attention to each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan for each student, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials, with access to over 1000 test preparation videos prepared by Zenith.

    The class format is also very flexible in that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any 25 sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in the fall, as well as Zenith’s Mountain View location any time during the summer or fall.

    Note: With this program, the maximum guarantee provided is a 32 on the ACT or a 1420 on the SAT. For example, a student starting with a 26 on the ACT would receive the same guarantee (32) as one who starts with a 25. That said, there’s no reason you couldn’t exceed the guarantee; many of Zenith’s students do!

    For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-silicon-valley

    Course Sessions
    June 18–July 27

    M, W, F; 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4

    Tuition
    $3,000 for the entire duration of the program, all materials included

  • 34+ ACT or 1500+ SAT Guarantee

    Only for BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students entering grades 7–12 in the fall of 2018

    In this program, students will receive a 34+ on the ACT or a 1500+ on the SAT! This program is specifically designed for high-scoring students (minimum 29 on ACT or 1300 on SAT). Zenith Tutoring, our partner, provides unlimited sessions until the goal is reached, with each class providing private attention to each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan for each student, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials, with access to over 1000 test preparation videos prepared by Zenith.

    The class format is also very flexible in that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in the fall, as well as Zenith’s Mountain View location any time during the summer or fall.

    Note: With this program, the maximum guarantee provided is a 34 on the ACT or a 1500 on the SAT. That said, there’s no reason you couldn’t exceed the guarantee; many of Zenith’s students do! (including perfect scores among BASIS students)

    For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-silicon-valley

    Course Sessions
    June 18–July 27

    M, W, F; 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $3,000 for the entire duration of the program, all materials included

  • 800 Score Guarantee for Math 2 Subject Test

    Only for BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students entering grades 7–12 in the fall of 2018

    In this program, students will get an 800 on the Math 2 Subject Test! Zenith Tutoring, our partner, provides unlimited sessions until the goal is reached, with each class providing private attention to each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan for each student, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials.

    The class format is also very flexible in that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in the fall, as well as Zenith’s Mountain View location any time during the summer or fall.

    Note: Students need a minimum score of 650. Students with lower scores can still participate in the program, but would need to agree to a reduced guarantee based on the initial test.

    For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-silicon-valley

    Course Sessions
    June 18–July 27

    M, W, F; 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    (Class will not be held on July 4)

    Tuition
    $1,200 for the entire duration of the program, all materials included

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