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.