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The Transition Years

Posted by BASIS.ed on May 27, 2020 at 10:02 AM

Grades 4-5 at BASIS Charter Schools

Far from the wide-eyed children they were in kindergarten, yet not quite middle schoolers experiencing a new sense of independence, students in grades 4–5 often find themselves in a state of in-between. At BASIS Charter Schools, we consider grades 4–5 to be transition years, and we scaffold our approach with students accordingly. Students begin to increase their academic independence, require less guidance from teachers, master more challenging content, and become accountable for their work. They even begin to research, plan, and revise larger projects on their own. Students in grades 4–5 at BASIS Charter Schools learn essential skills that will help them achieve success in middle school and high school.

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Topics: BASIS San Antonio Northeast

BASIS Charter Schools Reach New Heights in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Posted by BASIS.ed on April 23, 2020 at 2:49 PM

While the 2020 rankings methodology still veers from schools with our network’s ‘college readiness’ goal, nine of our campuses are still ranked in the nation’s 99.6th percentile!

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Topics: For Everyone

How BASIS Charter Schools Stay Strong, Everywhere

Posted by BASIS.ed on April 3, 2020 at 10:42 AM

Our network retains its continuous commitment to high-level learning—even in newly necessary virtual classrooms

The K–12 network of BASIS Charter Schools is known for our commitment to providing world-class education to any student or family who wants our accelerated, college-preparatory program. Since 1998, the BASIS Charter School Curriculum has been guiding students to perform at the highest international levels, opening opportunities to find within our curriculum the subjects they love, and thus create and follow their own path. Aside from the nuts and bolts of the curriculum, delivered by experts in each discipline—our ‘secret sauce,’ as we often call it, is staying ahead of the curve.

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Topics: For Parents

Making History in the Classroom

Posted by BASIS.ed on March 4, 2020 at 2:20 PM

Often noted for its rigorous STEM courses, the robust BASIS Charter School Curriculum also presents a rich balance of humanities and fine arts at every grade level. History plays an important role in the BASIS Charter School Curriculum, because it is critical to our present and our future. As writer and philosopher George Santayana famously surmised "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Progress is possible only if we learn from history.

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Introducing Mandarin to Young Learners

Posted by BASIS.ed on February 25, 2020 at 3:03 PM

Most BASIS Charter Schools teach Mandarin, beginning as early as kindergarten. Learning Mandarin, particularly at an early age, has multiple benefits. Not only is it the most widely spoken language worldwide, but neurological studies show that Mandarin’s linguistic qualities as a tonal language benefit students in ways that English, as a non-tonal language, cannot.

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