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BASIS Independent Schools is redefining education in New York City. Positioned in two prime locations, Red Hook, Brooklyn (Preschool–Grade 12) and its newest campus on the Upper West Side in Manhattan (PreK–grade 8), BASIS Independent Schools has certainly garnered the attention of families around the city.
In the short time since opening in 2013, BASIS Independent Brooklyn has grown to a population of over 800 students and has received great recognition already, particularly within their impressive (and growing) selection of over 50 extracurricular offerings. They not only cheered their girls’ volleyball team to a regional win this past year, but they experienced major wins in MATHCOUNTS, the National Latin and Spanish exams, and the Scholastic Arts Competition, just to name a few. The Brooklyn school has filled so quickly this admissions season that only a few select seats are left for the 2018–19 school year.
Here are a few more reasons why you shouldn’t miss your opportunity to check them out:
They are history-makers in motion.
BASIS Curriculum Schools co-founders Dr. Michael and Olga Block sought to revolutionize the K-12 experience in the U.S. by taking a blend of the top progressive and traditional education practices from around the globe and putting them in one program. Their mission is to raise the standards of student learning to the highest international levels, and to create a learning environment where curiosity is celebrated and students actively seek answers and participate in their learning. Since their programs first became eligible for national rankings, they’ve been ranked among the top high schools in the country.
Their advanced, well-rounded curriculum lays the foundations for high-level learning.
The BASIS Curriculum, inspired by global best practices and honed for nearly 20 years, offers students an impressive array of classes in both the core disciplines and electives, including
Engineering and Mandarin starting as young as PreK, all three sciences in the middle school grades, and conceptual courses like Logic. The curriculum is built to give students the opportunity to discover, to inquire, and most of all, to love learning.
Their teachers are real experts and invested mentors.
BASIS Independent Schools teachers are some of the most passionate educators around. Subject Expert Teachers, named as such due to their advanced degrees or expertise in a particular discipline, lead content delivery and, in the primary grades, work alongside Learning Expert Teachers who are experts in pedagogy. Together this two-teacher unit monitors students’ individual needs, skills, challenges, victories, all while providing academic, social, and emotional support. This culminates in a trusting student-teacher bond that not only curates the learning experience, but also encourages student mastery.
They inspire excellence in all forms.
At the core of the program is the belief that motivation and hard work results in extraordinary outcomes – students are ahead of global peers in readiness for college and beyond, and possess the self-direction and autonomy to tackle any challenge. With BASIS Curriculum Schools occupying 5 of the top 10 spots on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best High Schools, it is clear that there is something to this philosophy.
If you’d like to learn more about BASIS Independent Brooklyn, join school leadership at an Open House on January 20 to learn more about their program, meet their faculty and staff, and get a taste for their dynamic, engaging classroom environment.
With two campuses in New York City—their flagship in Red Hook, Brooklyn (Preschool–Grade 12), and their newest location on the Upper West Side (PreK–8)—BASIS Independent Schools are quickly becoming a mainstay in the New York City school landscape.
The schools have seen incredible growth since opening: their Brooklyn school has just a few seats open for next year and their Manhattan campus – having just opened this fall – is poised to grow their nearly 170 count student body by leaps and bounds next year.
So, what are BASIS Independent Schools all about? They fashion themselves as a unique option amidst the vast number of prized independent schools in our city. Their mission is to raise the standards of student learning to the highest international levels. They teach a curriculum they’ve developed and honed for nearly 20 years since the first BASIS Curriculum Schools campus opened – a curriculum that consists of an impressive range of classes, such as Engineering and Mandarin starting as young as kindergarten, a project-based Connections classes where students solve complex challenges with the knowledge they’ve gained from their other subjects, and three science classes taken simultaneously in middle school. And that’s just a few examples.
BASIS Independent Schools teachers are not only subject experts, but have a true passion to inspire students to love every subject. In the primary grades, each class has different Subject Expert Teachers for each subject and a Learning Expert Teacher that stays with them throughout the day, helping to curate their learning experience, ensuring needs are met, and focusing on student mastery.
The culture of the program is one that places an emphasis on and celebrates hard work, effort, and the value of learning from mistakes. The school believes that any motivated student can achieve academic excellence, and that hard work and intellectual pursuits result in extraordinary outcomes.
Extraordinary, indeed, are the outcomes of a BASIS Curriculum Schools education. BASIS Curriculum Schools occupy 5 of the top ten spots on U.S. News and World Report list of Best High Schools. Not to mention, their students have accumulated some impressive and highly selective colleges and universities acceptances, and most importantly, the honed the skills to be successful in any pursuit they choose.
There are a few upcoming opportunities to learn more about BASIS Independent Brooklyn & BASIS Independent Manhattan in the coming weeks:
Abacus Mom recently received this information from Lawrence Woodmere Academy, which is actively seeking students from the Manhattan / Brooklyn Area to attend its beautiful 10 acre campus:
Now in our second century, Lawrence Woodmere Academy prides itself as an outstanding college preparatory school. Founded in 1912, our founding families understood the importance of being responsive to the individual needs of every student. Our goal of academic excellence is supported by small classes, an innovative curriculum, and a superb faculty. Our four guiding principles make this commitment clear:
We value our culturally diverse student body.
We seek to develop empathy and understanding.
We recognize that flexible problem solving requires considering more than one point of view.
We support individual strengths and learning difference.
We feature a program that reflects a global curriculum. This sentiment is expressed when we say that our students are "at home with the world." We see this as essential to the success of our students after graduation. We are proud of the success of decades of alumni who consistently tell us that the education we provided prepared them well for the future.
Everything we do at Lawrence Woodmere Academy is intentionally designed to build confidence and success for all our students. To achieve this goal, we focus on realizing the potential of each individual student. Content and skills are taught in an environment that customizes the learning process, enabling every student to achieve their very best. We are proud of the fact that 100% of our graduates attend colleges and that our college list continues to be impressive.
Lawrence Woodmere Academy believes in developing good citizens of the world. We begin this process by understanding what is needed to create a positive school community. Our head teachers and advisors spend a significant amount of time teaching community values. The lessons our students learn to support the development of good character are perhaps the most important outcomes of our program. Each morning I stand in the front hall to greet every student with a handshake. We make eye contact and a positive tone is set for the day. This is just one way that we underscore the importance of community.
Avenues Brazil opens... their long-promised international school now exists.
Avenues New York opened in 2011. From the start, Avenues promised international schools. In 2017, it finally happened with the opening of Avenues Brazil.
Located in Sao Paulo, Avenues Brazil offers:
a full English immersion program will continue through 3rd grade, although daily study of Portuguese language, literature and Brazilian Social Studies, integrated with our World Course, will begin in 2nd grade. Once students have become literate in English, the amount of instruction in Portuguese will increase, ensuring that students have the linguistic resources to thrive in Brazil.
Already, we have started getting inquiries from international parents about this school.
$50,000 private schools tuition in NYC is now becoming more common as private schools' tuition increases, again.
Trinity School and other NYC private schools' tuition plus fees now equal more than $50,000 according to Leslie Brody of the Wall Street Journal. John Allman of Trinity says he believes the tuition system is broken: "we're stymied in trying to figure out a way into a different funding model that looks really sustainable for families across the economic spectrum."
The charges, many private-school leaders say, don't cover the full cost of the rigorous educations provided. Their customers want small classes, arts, extracurricular activities, intensive college advising and teachers with advanced degrees. Leaders of these institutions say most depend on fundraising to fill the yearly shortfalls, in addition to holding capital campaigns for new construction.
Drivers of mounting tuitions include teacher salaries, health insurance, technology upgrades, more services for students with learning disabilities, and maintenance for expanded facilities, school leaders said.
It is clear that top private schools don't have strong pressure to keep down prices, as they are deluged by demand from parents who want the best for their children, and who will often pay multiples of current tuition for access.
Meanwhile, over in the UK, Prince George's parents, William and Kate, have to pay only $26,000 for his elite kindergarten: The best English education money can buy!' Prince George's £20,000-a-year prep gets rave reviews in Good Schools Guide
Can Trinity School fight the class war? Trinity School's headmaster, John Allman, sent shock waves through the city's private-school world by calling out parental entitlement and self-interest.
The Times reports that Allman wrote a letter pointing the finger at:
consumerist families that treat teachers and the school in entirely instrumental ways, seeking to use us exclusively to advance their child's narrow self-interest." He called for a dismantling of "this default understanding of Trinity as a credentialing factory," warning that without it, students would merely ascend to "a comfortable perch atop a cognitive elite that is self-serving, callous and spiritually barren." Without a shift in ethos toward greater commitments to the common good, toward social justice and activism, he said in the letter, "I am afraid we are, for a majority of our students, just a very, very expensive finishing school.
Allman further wrote:
We seek to incorporate public service and civic activism into all aspects of our program in part because we believe that individualism unredeemed by a commitment to purposes beyond the self leads to unhappiness and meaninglessness. Attentiveness to others is essential to well-being.