Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
Our goal is to turn the typically stressful admissions process into a seamless, exciting experience. Below are some frequently asked questions about our process. We know that you are bound to have more questions – please contact us or visit one of our info sessions and we will be happy to address them.
There are many advantages of our school over other international schools. The rigorous BASIS Curriculum, which is one to two years more advanced than comparable schools, is rewarding for students as they build a scholarly foundation for their future academic and professional success. The BASIS Curriculum is widely recognized as one of the most academically advanced in the world. A minimum requirement for all of our faculty is that they are all subject-expert teachers who love teaching students of a certain age. They transform the rigorous BASIS Curriculum into learnable units. They instill in students a love of learning. Faculty and staff both go to extraordinary efforts to provide additional academic, behavioral, and scholarly skill-building support to all students who express or demonstrate a desire for more help. Our school builds student accountability, placing each student in the center of his or her education. This accountability gives our graduates significant advantages over their college classmates and future co-workers. Seniors have an opportunity to conduct a Senior Project, which provides a chance to select an external internship, select an internal faculty advisor, conduct research based on a chosen thesis, write the results, and presents the results verbally to the public. Every BASIS Curriculum School graduate receives at least one admission to a four-year U.S. college or university and also receives several years of instruction and training for college admissions.
There are only three differences in the BASIS Curriculum for BASIS International Schools in China compared to BASIS Curriculum Schools in the United States. In the BASIS International Schools in China, we teach Chinese for native speakers and Chinese as a second language (CSL) in every grade. In the U.S. Chinese is taught in the elementary grades from Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade. Latin is a required foreign language in 5th and 6th grades in the U.S. Chinese is also offered as a foreign language elective starting in 7th grade in the U.S. In BASIS International Schools in China, we substitute Chinese History in 7th grade for Chinese History. Finally, in BASIS International Schools in China we replace the 9th grade course Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government with AP Human Geography.
Our school, as does all other BASIS Curriculum Schools, strives to instill in its students a love of learning. This love of learning is not restricted to just required and elective courses. We also realize the opportunity to enrich students’ lives through after school activities and clubs. That’s why we have offered about 40 after school activities and clubs during our first year. We also tell students if you find an activity you would like the school to support, find a few other students who are interested too and we will find a leader for that activity or club.
All BASIS Curriculum Schools operate independently of each other. That means if a student at our school is interested in transferring to a BASIS Curriculum School in the United States, parents must apply directly with the desired school according to that school’s application policies. There is a transfer of information between the two schools regarding a student’s grades, behavioral records, etc., but any student transfer request must be initiated by parents.
Our school recruits teacher candidates from a wide variety of sources including employee referrals, recruitment agencies, job fairs, unsolicited applications, direct responses to job advertisements, and employee transfer requests.
Depending on a student’s grades or mid-year enrollment, it may be necessary for some students to attend a teacher’s student hours. Some students attend their teachers’ student hours voluntarily. Regardless of the reason, attending student hours is an opportunity for any student to ask their teacher questions not understood in class, get additional instruction from a teacher, or work with a peer tutor or in small study groups under the supervision of a teacher.
Students just need to do their best on our admissions assessments. Our admissions criteria are confidential and proprietary and, therefore, are not published.