Few things concern Brooklyn parents more than getting their child into a good school. Desirable public schools offer no guarantee of admission, and most private schools are priced out of reach, which is why any parent currently weighing their options should consider the new k-12 BASIS Independent Brooklyn opening in Red Hook this fall.
The school is one of the first two private schools from BASIS.ed–the other is in Silicon Valley–and it will draw upon the successes of its flagship charter schools. To name a few: BASIS students take an average of 10 AP exams each, and most complete them by their junior year. BASIS students also outperform their peers in Shanghai, China–the top students in the world according to international assessment tests.
“We’re bucking the trend of American kids falling behind their international peers,” says BASIS Independent Schools communications director David Schulz, a New York City native and Stuyvesant High School alum who understands the need for superior schools in the city.
Even if global test scores mean little to you, the way that BASIS teaches its own, rigorous curriculum is exciting in its own right. From the first through the fourth grades, students have two teachers in every class–a subject expert and a learning expert who travels with the students throughout the day, ensuring that any child experiencing difficulty in a subject can lean on this person for support. Mandarin is taught beginning in kindergarten, and by the first grade, students attend a class called “Connections” in which they’re given challenges to tie together their studies. A typical challenge might start with the children translating “The Three Little Pigs” into Mandarin, and then calculating the distance required for the wolf to blow down each house. All in the second grade.