Frequently Asked Questions
What is the application process?
Read about our application process.
What is your cut-off date?
PreK-1 students must turn 3 by September 1 (born between September 2, 2018–September 1, 2019 for the 2022–23 academic year).
PreK-2 students must turn 4 by September 1 (born between September 2, 2017–September 1, 2018 for the 2022–23 academic year).
For Kindergarten admissions, students must turn 5 by September 1 (born between September 2, 2016–September 1, 2017 for the 2022–23 academic year).
What is your student to teacher ratio?
It depends on the grade! Our classes are capped at the below student to teacher ratios. We have between 2-5 sections of each grade.
- Kindergarten: 20:2
- Grades 1-4: 25:2
- Grades 5 and above: 25:1
These are class size maximums, and often elective and capstone courses tend to be smaller.
How long is a typical school day?
- PreK: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
- Kindergarten: 7:55 AM to 3:05 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 at our campus, our students 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; 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.
What qualities allow students to succeed at BASIS Independent Brooklyn?
If a student begins in our Early Learning or Primary Programs, 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, spanning from Calculus to 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 Schools campus, or leaving a research lab or corporate job to share their experience and applied knowledge with 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 and know 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?
We encourage families at both campuses to make use of nearby public transportation options; we offer free or reduced MetroCards for students who plan to use public subways or buses. The BASIS Independent Brooklyn Upper School campus in Red Hook is conveniently located near stops for the B61 and B57, as well as the F and G trains at Smith & 9th Street Station. BASIS Independent Brooklyn Lower School is located centrally in Downtown Brooklyn near stops for the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, D, F, G, N, Q, and R trains; the LIRR at Atlantic Terminal; and many MTA bus lines, including the B25, B26, B38, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, and B67.
Families are also welcome to use CitiBikes, bikes, strollers, skateboards, and scooters. We have storage at both campuses for these modes of transportation. For those families who live further afield, we invite you to explore the independently-owned KidCarPool service.
Our fee-based transportation program at the Red Hook campus includes morning and afternoon bus services throughout New York City. Our bus routes attempt to accommodate the majority of students who sign up, and they are carefully planned with each school year. Please inquire directly for more details on our current routes.
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?
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.
We do award a select number of scholarships based on academic merit to a highly selective group of current BASIS Independent Brooklyn students entering grade 9. Qualification for the scholarship is determined by the student’s academic record, teacher recommendations and demonstration of leadership.
At most private and independent schools, financial aid and scholarships are operated through school fundraising, whether from parents, outside donors, alumni, or employees. BASIS Independent Brooklyn does not do any fundraising and does not expect or accept any monetary donations from our community.
Do you offer a referral program?
Yes, the referring family will receive a tuition credit for each new family who enrolls at BASIS Independent Brooklyn or any other BASIS Independent Schools campus. The new family will also receive a credit. In order to be eligible as a referring family, you must be currently enrolled at any BASIS Independent campus and the new family must name your family on their child’s application for admission.
More details can be found here.
What resources will you have in your school for students with special needs?
BASIS Independent will not have resources on campuses for many special needs, and we will also not maintain a school psychologist, though we do have a school counselor. Our teachers and administrators have a long and successful record of supporting, challenging and inspiring students who require various learning accommodations.
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. 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.
For questions regarding your student’s specific situation, please contact the Admissions team.
What standardized tests do your students have to take?
Our students take the College Board’s AP® exams and PSAT®. The SAT® and ACT are optional but heartily recommended. We do not take the Common Core or the Regents or any other state-mandated tests.