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Learning Outside the Classroom

We believe that every child should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development at every age, in every grade level, and in any circumstance. While a classroom is a student's home during the school hours, at BASIS Independent McLean, we seek to provide a framework for learning that uses surroundings and communities outside their primary learning environment, which will ultimately add value to classroom learning. We want to enable our students to construct their own learning in order to live successfully in the world that surrounds them, gaining life skills like subject-based knowledge and problem solving.

From these beliefs, we have created a number of opportunities to allow our students to take in a variety of environments and other communities. These include the following:

Field Trips

Students will take 2–3 field trips throughout the year. We wholeheartedly believe that field trips are the best way to enrich the lessons being taught inside any of our classrooms. Our field trips are designed to make the curriculum come to life. 

Our location affords us enormous opportunity. In the greater D.C. are, we have an abundance of U.S. History at our fingertips. Our students will get the chance to experience some of the most significant buildings, structures, and museums in the nation, including the following:

  • National Museum of Natural History 
  • Smithsonian's Discovery Theater
  • The National Museum of American History 
  • The National Portrait Gallery 
  • The U.S. Capitol 
  • The Supremem Court
  • U.S. Botanic Garden
  • And more!  

Project Week

The last week of school means project week at BASIS Independent McLean! Project week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multi-disciplinary projects and to engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various other grade levels. Students will spend around 4–5 days groups with Term Project Teachers.

These projects challenge our students to be cooperative learners and to function as a team. Below is a sampling of the projects students embarked on during Project Week last year:

  • We Like to Move it, Move it
  • The Land Before Time
  • D.C. Explorers 
  • Animal Explorers
  • Chinese Culture
  • Exploring the Civil War
  • Politics, Live!
  • Physics & Art Unite
Read more about our incredible Project Week and the wide-ranging adventures of our students here.