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Learning Outside the Classroom

We believe that every child should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development at every age, in every grade level, and in any circumstance. While a classroom is a student's home during the school hours, at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, we seek to provide a framework for learning that uses surroundings and communities outside their primary learning environment, which will ultimately add value to classroom learning. We want to enable our students to construct their own learning in order to live successfully in the world that surrounds them, gaining life skills like subject-based knowledge and problem solving. 

From these beliefs, we have created a number of opportunities to allow our students to take in a variety of environments and other communities. These include the following:  

Field Trips

Students will take 2–3 field trips throughout the year. Our field trips are designed to make the curriculum come to life: first graders visit the Brooklyn Museum's Egyptian section after learning about pyramids in engineering and studying about Ancient Egypt in Humanities; third graders explore Greece and Rome in the Museum of Natural History after spending months on Greek myths and the ancient civilizations; fifth graders visit the Cloisters after learning about the middle ages in History class. 

Because BASIS Independent Brooklyn is uniquely situated in one of the most culturally rich and intellectually stimulating cities in the world, the city literally becomes our playground. Our teachers will utilize Brooklyn, as well as Manhattan, for all of their amazing resources:

  • The Museum of Natural History
  • The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens 
  • Central Park
  • The Bronx Zoo
  • The MET
  • Hayden Planetarium
  • Rooftop gardens
  • The Intrepid
  • And more!

Read all about our second graders' exciting trip to the Museum of Natural History here

Project Week

The last week of school means project week at BASIS Independent Brooklyn! Project week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multidisciplinary projects and to engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various grade levels. Students will spend around 4–5 days grouped with Term Project Teachers.

These projects challenge our students to be cooperative learners and to function as a team. Here are some of the incredible projects we've seen through the years: 

  •  DIY Survival Skills
  • Engineering Musical Instruments
  • Chinese Games
  • Anywhere but IKEA: Exploring Red Hook
  • Art of Henna Tattoos 
  • Fishing
  • Garden Team
  • Kingdom of Animals
  • Hogwarts Independent Brooklyn: Quidditch 

Community Service

Helping our students understand community and the importance of joining, creating, respecting, and growing a community is an ongoing high priority for us. We want to ensure that our students not only feel the comfort and sense of belonging that comes with their own community, but recognize the ways to give and give back to society at large.

To provide community service, we have a Key Club, a leadership club, and partnerships with the Red Hook Art Project. Our parent community is involved in outreach locally and beyond.  

The Red Hook Art Project works with professionals to provide tutoring and mentoring for gifted, under-served children and youth. The organization offers free classes and tutoring in visual art, music, and Homework Help.

We are excited to be involving our students in the Homework Help this year—they will get the opportunity to spend time helping younger students with their homework as well as playing games to help them unwind and socialize. 

Making the World Our Classroom

Exploring other countries and cultures first-hand is an amazing opportunity for our students, which is why BASIS Independent Brooklyn has hosted Middle and High School international trips two years in a row! Last year we were able to take a European trip as well as travel through Costa Rica. This coming spring we are expanding the number of educational school trips: 

Barcelona & Madrid (Gr. 7+)

Explore Gaudi's architecture, venture through the legendary Prado, and enjoy culturally-rich traditions like flamenco lessons.

Iceland: Glaciers & Geysers (Gr. 5-6)

See the geothermic wonders of Iceland: the Blue Lagoon hot springs, volcanic creators, and subarctic fauna. Starting in Reykjavik, the tour will travel the Golden Circle and see Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area, where students will learn about geyser cooking.

France (Gr. 8+)

From the stained glass of Notre Dame to the Louvre, get ready for a tour through the heart of Paris to Provence and along the Riviera.