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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 to non-BASIS Independent Students as well as currently enrolled BASIS Independent students who have advancement approval. For-credit students are eligible for full credit upon successful completion of the course and passing with 90% or above of the corresponding Math Exam. Enrichment classes are open to all students. The following Elective courses are open to students entering Grades 9-12 in fall 2021; however, BASIS Independent Students cannot receive High School Credit or meet Graduation Requirements with these courses, with the exception of Economics, unless they are entering Grades 10-12 in fall 2021. Students entering Grades 9-12 will meet Economics Graduation Requirements by taking this course.
Please note, BASIS Independent Schools will award academic credit for the below list of for-credit courses. It is up to the discretion of your child's school to accept this credit.
  • Pre-Algebra

    BASIS Independent students must be either rising or incoming grade 6 and have advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT to be eligible to take this course. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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.

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

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM PST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Live Office Hour: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST (for For-Credit Students only)

     

    Final Math Exam: July 30

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    BASIS Independent students must have completed Pre-Algebra or its equivalent, and have advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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.

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

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM PST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Live Office Hour: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST (for For-Credit Students only)

    Math Placement Exam: July 30

    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 course will be offered in an online format.

    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.

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

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM PST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Live Office Hour: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST (for For-Credit Students only)

    Math Placement Exam: July 30

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Economics

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2021.This course will be offered in an online format.

    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.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 16
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM PST

    Live Office Hour: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Tuition
    $1425

  • Digital Art

    For students entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall of 2021. High School credit will only be awarded to students who take this course when they are in rising grade 10 or higher. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Students will investigate and develop their 2D and 3D art-making skills using Digital Software.

    The course will focus heavily on foundational art skills and how it applies to a digital platform. Students will explore the pros and cons of doing art digitally and have an understanding of how it applies to the current trends of art. Students must have at least one drawing software (Photoshop, Procreate, Sketchbook, etc.) installed and hardware for means of drawing digitally (Graphics/Drawing Tablets, iPads with stylus/Apple Pencil, etc.). Students can work on Laptops and/or iPads. The course projects will involve realism as well as more stylized and abstract forms of expression. This course is currently under review to meet the UC A-G criteria for a Visual and Fine Arts credit.

    Required Materials
    There are many options for software and hardware, and any combination will work for the class. Some software will be subscription based (For example, for Photoshop, you could subscribe to the Adobe’s single app price which would be about $15/month for a year). There are also free software and free trials out there as well. As for hardware, the lowest graphics/drawing tablet to connect via usb, runs about $20, but that is well below the average.  IPads and various tablets will also have a stylus and apps that will work for the class. Please check for compatibility with your devices before purchasing.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:30 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM PST

    Break: 12:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST

    Live Office Hour: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Digital Photography

    For students entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall of 2021. High School credit will only be awarded to students who take this course when they are in rising grade 10 or higher. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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. This course meets the UC A-G criteria for a Visual and Fine Arts credit.

    Required materials

    • Digital Camera: must have a manual mode and be able to shoot in raw (uncompressed); cell phones will not be allowed as the class camera; see a list of recommended compatible cameras here.
    • SD or other camera compatible memory card (8 GB minimum)
    • 16 GB minimum USB drive
    • Computer that is compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud (CC)
    • Adobe CC Photography Plan Subscription ($9.99/month)
    • Tripod (many sold for roughly $20)

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:30 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM PST

    Break: 12:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST

    Live Office Hour: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Film Studies

    For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2021. High School credit will only be awarded to students who take this course when they are in rising grade 10 or higher. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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).

    Required Materials
    A Netflix streaming account
    The Big Screen by David Thomson; ISBN 13: 978-0374534134

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:30 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM PST

    Break: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

    Live Office Hour: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  PST

    Live Lecture: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Introduction to Business

    For students entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall of 2021. High School credit will only be awarded to students who take this course when they are in rising grade 10 or higher. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Introduction to Business provides an overview of starting a business, the types of businesses that exist, and the challenges that businesses face in our current economy. This course will teach students the basics of starting a business by having them write a startup business plan. They will have to name their business, create a marketing plan, hire employees and figure out how to pay them, court investors, and plan for a sustainable future. Students will be required to purchase or rent the college introductory book Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future 12th Edition (ISBN-13: 978-0134324821 / ISBN-10: 013432482X), along with corresponding workbook, in order to learn and practice business terminology. By the end of the course, the students will have a completed and fully-designed business plan. They will be versed in subjects such as business ethics, sustainability, marketing, and finances; and they will understand and appreciate many of the most common difficulties new businesses face.

    Required Materials
    Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future 12th Edition; ISBN-13: 978-0134324821, along with corresponding workbook

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:30 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM PST

    Project Time: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST

    Live Lecture: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM PST

    Break: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Project Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  PST

    Office Hours: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Introduction to Programming

    For students entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall of 2021. High School credit will only be awarded to students who take this course when they are in rising grade 10 or higher. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Introduction to Programming serves as a pre-AP Java programming course. Students are introduced to the Java development cycle, object-orientation, and control structures. Students learn about primitive data types and their wrapper classes, operators, data structures such as arrays and lists, and special topics. The course also emphasizes the problem solving aspects of programming. Concepts covered in this course are further developed as students progress through the computer science discipline. Completion of this course fulfills the prerequisite to enroll in AP Computer Science A class. Topics include: introduction to the Java development environment; primitive data types; arithmetic and relational operators; conditionals and flowcharts; iterations – for, while, and do loops; testing and debugging; arrays and array lists; implementing methods; variable scope; introduction to object-orientation – objects and classes.

    Required Materials
    Big Java Early Objects, Cay S. Horstmann; ISBN: 978-1-119-4990

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–2:30 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM PST

    Break: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PST

    Live Office Hour: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  PST

    Office Hours: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2850

  • Fitness and Sports (PE)*

    For students entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall of 2021. High School credit will only be awarded to students who take this course when they are in rising grade 10 or higher. *This course will be offered at the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley campus.

    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.

    Course Session
    June 14–July 23
    (Class will not be held on July 5)
    8:30 AM–12:45 PM PST

    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 course will be offered in an online format.

    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 are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 5)

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM PST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    Completion of Pre-Algebra or its equivalent is recommended. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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.

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

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 5)

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM PST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    Completion of Algebra I/Geometry or its equivalent is recommended. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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.

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

    Textbook rentals are available for the course.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 5)

    Live Lecture: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM–11:30 PM PST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2250

  • Pre-Calculus

    Completion of Algebra II/Geometry or its equivalent is required. This course will be offered in an online format.

    This enrichment opportunity provides a five week in-depth coverage of major topics covered during the Pre-Calculus AB course in the fall.  Each week will focus on one of the major topics starting with the elementary conceptual level and developing them into intermediate and advanced level by the end of the week.  The major topics include Conic Sections, Functions, Logarithms, and Trigonometry (two weeks will be dedicated to this topic).  An emphasis will be placed on students to discuss each of these topics using Algebraic, numerical, graphical and verbal standards.  There will be daily in class and independent study assignments and many checks for understandings throughout the week. There is no required textbook for this course.  All material will be provided by the instructor within the framework of the distance learning model and applicable online platforms.

    Course Session
    June 28–July 30
    8:30 AM–1:00 PM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 5)

    Live Lecture:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST

    Independent Study: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM PST

    Break: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST

    Live Lecture: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Tuition
    $2250

Science Enrichment

  • Biology Week 1

    For students entering grades 7–8 in the fall of 2021 (and entering grade 9 if student has not taken Biology). This course will be offered in an online format.

    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 14–June 18
    2:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $250

  • Biology Week 2

    For students entering grade 9 in the fall of 2021. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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 21–June 25
    2:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $250

  • Chemistry

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2021. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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.

     

    Course Session
    June 28–July 9
    2:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST
    (Class will not be held on July 5)

    Tuition
    $450

  • Physics

    For students entering grades 7–9 in the fall of 2021. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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 12–July 23
    2:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $500

Writing

  • Essay Writing Blueprint

    For students entering grades 5-6 in the fall of 2021. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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 14–June 18
    2:30 PM–5:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $350

  • Essay Writing Blueprint

    For students entering grades 7–8 in the fall of 2021. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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
    June 21 –June 25
    2:30 PM – 5:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $350

  • Reading & Writing Preparation for SAT

    For students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2021. This course will be offered in an online format.

    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 14–June 18
    11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST

    June 28–July 2
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM PST
    2:30 PM – 5:30 PM PST

    Tuition
    $350 (per session)                                                                     

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