Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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, managers 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 is your student to teacher ratio?

Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4: 15–18 students per class to 2 Early Learning Teachers
Kindergarten: 15–18 students per class to 2 teachers (Teacher and Teaching Fellow)
Grades 1-4: 17–20 students per class to 2 teachers (Learning Expert Teacher and Subject Expert Teacher)
Grades 5 and above: 17–20 students per class to 1 Subject Expert Teacher (though class size tends to decrease towards grades 11 and 12 as studies become more specialized)

More important is the BASIS Curriculum Schools principle that the performance of the teacher has a vastly greater impact on student learning than the number of students in the room. This has been proven by the Gates Foundation, and is tested year after year in BASIS Curriculum classrooms. Many of our teachers would suggest that classroom discussion and academic vitality would not be improved by fewer children; but quite the opposite effect would occur.

Read more about the different types of teachers present in our classrooms.

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 $750 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 $250 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 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.