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The BASIS Independent Brooklyn learning community of students, teachers, and administrators worked together to create a set of school-wide expectations to be carried from classroom to classroom, grade to grade, and to establish a strong sense of community. The underlying concept of this set of expectations is Respect—between students and their teachers, students and their peers, and students and themselves. These guidelines, which manifest as the Four R's, help to promote greater success inside and outside of school because they are founded on the belief every individual at BASIS Independent Brooklyn can meet (and exceed) these expectations. 

The Four R's: 

Respect Your Classroom

The classroom is a student's habitat; as such, it is critical to create a climate of respect where students feel confident and ready to tackle whatever comes their way. Conversely, this expectation ensures students regard their teachers with courteous and respectful attitudes. 

Respect Your Friendships

An effective support system includes peers just as much as it includes teachers and families. BASIS Independent Brooklyn students support one another through their academic journeys with relationships of equal respect and care.

Respect Your Learning

At BASIS Independent Brooklyn, we recognize and value all phases of the learning process, including academics, social growth, emotional perseverance, and communicative progression. When students and teachers alike respect the essential elements of the learning process, progress follows.

Respect Your Community 

A respectful community fosters youth development and the growth necessary for productive actions and satisfying end results. It brings educators, students, and families together to equally contribute to an ultimate shared vision.

This short list of broad guidelines fosters ethical thinking as well as the practice of self-regulation by giving children the opportunity to apply general behavior expectations to a range of situations. These four rules can be applied to any scenario our students find themselves in, from their after school extracurriculars to their AP Bio lab.  

BASIS Independent Schools: Students

BASIS Independent Brooklyn Students

BASIS Independent students find joy in discovery, both inside and outside of the classroom.

BASIS Independent students are fundamentally risk takers. Students are not afraid to challenge themselves, their peers, their teachers, or their favorite authors. The hallmark of a BASIS Independent student is an appetite for academic challenge; the hallmark of BASIS Independent teachers is their tireless work each day to inspire and satisfy that hunger. Despite their intellectual drive, BASIS Independent kids are kids, they are real, relaxed, interested in athletics, art, music, cooking—you name it. Students are incredibly supportive and respectful of one another.

Our students are smart but above all curious. Children become BASIS Independent students in our classrooms, inspired by our great teachers, our excellent curriculum, and our raised expectations for what they can achieve. At our school, we promise an education that teaches children that learning and success depend on commitment and hard work. We encourage their willingness to take on challenges, to manage the inevitable disappointments and to understand that the most authentic, joyous feelings of accomplishment are not given or bought, but earned. Our most successful students realize and fully take advantage of the endless help offered at BASIS Independent Schools.

Student Values

We Take Our Commitment to Our Learning Community Seriously

BASIS Independent Schools' academic rigor and high expectations for student learning require an environment free from disruption, one that fosters mutual respect among students and staff members. To accomplish this, BASIS Independent has developed a code of conduct based on five key principles of behavior:

  • 1

    Promote respect for fellow students and staff members

    All students are expected to behave in a respectful manner toward themselves, other students, staff and property. In particular, the school adheres to a zero tolerance policy toward any language or behavior that intimidates, belittles, or causes physical or emotional injury to others.

  • 2

    Promote respect for all individuals

    BASIS Independent strives to provide an environment in which all students feel comfortable and thrive. For this reason, certain behaviors are strictly prohibited on school premises. These include, but are not limited to, the use of derogatory statements in reference to race, sexuality, ethnicity, culture or religious background.

  • 3

    Promote individual responsibility and responsibility for community

    BASIS Independent holds each student individually responsible for his or her own language and actions.

  • 4

    Provide a safe environment for students

    BASIS Independent staff and students work together to ensure a safe environment for all community members and any potentially dangerous situation is immediately reported to school officials.

  • 5

    Provide a disruption-free educational environment

    BASIS Independent will provide students with the kind of distraction-free learning environment that is necessary to achieve academic excellence.