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Our goal is to make the admissions process a seamless, exciting experience. Below are some of the most common FAQs about our program. We know that you are bound to have more questions - please contact us. We're here to help.

What is the application process?

Read about our application process here: Admissions Information.

What is your cut-off date? Pre-K1 students must turn 3 by September 1, 2018; Pre-K2 students must turn 4 by September 1, 2018 For Kindergarten admissions, students must turn 5 by September 1, 2018.

How long is a typical school day?

PreK: 9 AM to 3 PM

Kindergarten: 7:55 AM to 3 PM

Grades 1–3: 7:55 AM to 3:50 PM

Grade 4: 7:55 AM to 3:40 PM

Grades 5–7: 7:55 AM to 3:10 PM

Grades 8+: 7:55 AM or 8:50 AM to 3:10 PM or 4:05 PM 

The curriculum is challenging; how do I know my child will succeed?

From their very first day as a BASIS Independent student, children see and understand how incredibly serious we take their education and academic growth. Ours is an environment that champions hard work and the belief that all students can achieve amazing feats when they put their minds to it. We are all a team—your child, other students, teachers, administrators alike—and the team works together to ensure the success and empowerment of each student. The support your child will receive is unmatched, and the culture that welcomes them each day to explore and learn is warm, spontaneous, alive with curiosity, and always nurturing. Our results are only possible because of our culture of learning. Teachers provide office hours throughout the school week for students. And, students can go to our peer tutoring center Monday through Friday.

Read more about student services.

What qualities allow students to succeed at BASIS Independent Brooklyn?

If a student begins in our Early Learning Program or Primary School, we believe the only quality that is necessary to succeed at BASIS Independent Brooklyn is a sense of curiosity. For students beginning in middle or high school, curiosity remains important as well as a strong work ethic and the motivation to challenge themselves. 

How do you select teachers?

We hire the country's brightest and most promising minds: teachers who are committed to sharing their subject matter expertise with students. Our educators hold academic degrees in the disciplines they teach, whether calculus or grade 1 Mandarin, and have a passion for their subjects that no teacher training can provide. While many have been teaching for years in college preparatory or university settings, some are leaping into a new career, transferring from another BASIS Curriculum School campus, leaving a research lab or corporate job to share their experience and applied knowledge with BASIS Independent students.

Upon selection as top candidates, prospective teachers are asked to teach a lesson during one of our regular Teacher Demo Days. Heads of School assemble classes of our students, and candidates are given the opportunity to teach a lesson, challenge students, and show their subject expertise, as well as show their ability to communicate high-level subject matter to young students while inspiring them. Our students take these sessions extremely seriously as they know that their feedback weighs heavily in our hiring decisions.

It is a condition of employment that our teachers demonstrate a natural connection with students and a strong ability to learn and adjust quickly to new and demanding situations.

Do you offer transportation?

Yes, we offer buses that travel across Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island City. Each bus has both a driver and a bus matron to ensure the best experience for our students. The minimum age to ride the bus is 4 years old. 

What before and after school options do you offer?

We offer a variety of before and after school options for your child including Early Bird, Late Bird, and extracurriculars (see next FAQ).

Early Bird is a voluntary extension of the school day available to all students before the start of school. Early Bird provides a place for students to complete homework and quietly socialize with friends in a structured, supervised environment. Students are required to follow all school disciplinary rules during this time. Students are not allowed to leave the designated area before the start of the student's scheduled classes. There is no fee for Early Bird.

Late Bird is a voluntary, fee-based extension of the school day available to all students. Students are provided a quiet academic environment to complete homework and quietly socialize with friends in a structured, supervised environment. Late Bird is available from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

What type of extracurricular activities do you offer?

We offer a tremendous variety of extracurricular and athletic activities, always based on the school's student and teacher interests.

Do you offer financial aid?

At this time we do not offer any financial aid. We do offer tuition payment plans in one, two, or ten installations.

Do you offer a referral program?

Yes, the referring family will receive a $500 tuition credit for each new family referred to and attending BASIS Independent Brooklyn, or our new campus, BASIS Independent Manhattan. The new family will also receive a $200 credit. In order to be eligible as a referring family, you must apply before the new family and the new family must name your family on their child’s application for admission. Learn more.

Do you offer Merit Scholarships?

We will award a select number of scholarships based on academic merit to a highly-selective group of students entering our grades 9 or 10. Applicants can select to be considered for the merit scholarship on our online application. Qualification for the scholarship is determined by the student’s entrance exam score, academic record, and demonstration of leadership. The merit scholarship awards are competitive, and we regret that we are not able to offer them to all who qualify for consideration.

What resources will you have in your school for students with special needs?

We will not have resources on campuses for many special needs, however we will work diligently and energetically with the parents of students who meet our admissions criteria, to find them the best outside resources and to make available space in the schools for tutorial sessions. We will also not maintain a school psychologist, but likewise we will assist with recommendations.

Ask any experienced BASIS Independent teacher what a BASIS Independent student looks like and they will give you this very straightforward answer: A BASIS Independent student works hard, asks questions and helps other people.

Our teachers and administrators have a long and successful record of supporting, challenging and inspiring students who require various learning accommodations. All we ask is that the student is willing to work. At BASIS Independent Schools we build on that educational competency.

Above all, our strong and results-oriented support team of teachers and administrators never gives up on a student.

What standardized tests do your students have to take?

Our students take internationally recognized tests such as the PISA and the ISA, in addition to the College Board's APs and PSAT. The SAT and ACT are optional but heartily recommened. We do not take the Common Core or the Regents or any other state-mandated tests. 

What distinguishes BASIS Independent schools from BASIS charter schools?

BASIS Independent schools and BASIS charter schools are both managed by BASIS Curriculum Schools, an education management company. All BASIS Curriculum Schools feature the tested, refined, and proven educational philosophy and learning approach that has been developed since 1998 and is now in place in 21 schools across the United States and internationally.

However, BASIS Independent Schools are distinctive in our lower student-to-teacher ratio, cutting-edge academic facilities and our significantly enhanced athletic, fine arts, theater, dance, and music facilities. A part of the mission of the educators at BASIS Independent Schools is to "do as we say"—we always state that the relationship between teachers and students is the heart of our schools.

What is a for-profit independent school?

A for-profit independent school is a business. The school is owned by its investors, and like any business, to thrive the school must satisfy its customers—in this case, our parents, guardians, and grandparents, who pay the tuition. Our objective as a business is simple: to offer an internationally-acclaimed learning experience at an exceptional value.

BASIS Independent Schools break the traditional, elitist model of private education. There is no self-perpetuating Board of Trustees made up of influential parents and significant donors. There will be no fundraising whatsoever in any of our schools. The Head of School at a BASIS Independent School is thus liberated from significant conflict-of-interest issues and is able to focus entirely on his or her educational mission: managing teachers and ensuring the quality of the learning culture.