In our founding year, we developed the set of values that define BASIS Independent McLean. These values encapsulate both our local community and the legacy of academic excellence of BASIS Curriculum Schools. We know that with each passing year these values will continue to take shape. Students and teachers alike feel a sense of ownership and onus to hold themselves and each other to orienting behavior around these values, which we call “show, take, make” for short:
...to yourself, to people, places, things, to our surroundings, and to that which is new and that which is old.
...to the process of learning something new, to the trial and error that defines growth, to the process that is individual to each of us.
...to different beliefs, ways of thinking, of approaching the world around us. By practicing the ever-important skill of listening and by demonstrating empathy.
...for your education, and for your own outcomes.
...for your actions towards others, and for how you choose to navigate your surroundings.
...for the care of our physical space, for the fostering of community, and for ensuring that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
...in the spirit of continual growth, be fearless in the face of uncertainty, seek support to learn from mistakes and expand upon successes.
...with the understanding that taking risks and trying again (with determination and good humor) is paramount to the learning process and to contributing to the growth of our individual and collective knowledge.
...for the betterment of self and for your community, knowing that you have the ability to enact significant change.