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Summer Enrichment & Camp Programs from One of the Best Schools in America.

At BASIS Independent McLean, learning and fun don't stop when the regular school year ends! BASIS Independent Summer proudly offers a wide variety of academic and recreation programs and is conveniently located on our school campus and taught by our BASIS Independent expert educators and staff.

Summer Program Basics

  • Open to both BASIS Independent and non-BASIS Independent students entering grades 1-12 in the fall of 2017.
  • Various programming offered from June 26-August 4 with full day or half day (morning or afternoon) options.
    • Full day: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Morning half day: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Afternoon half day: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Create your own BASIS Independent Summer experience - choose any individual week for each program, or try them all!
    • Early Registration discounts available until March 15th. Full day camp registrations will receive $25 off by using code EARLYREG. Half day camps will receive $20 discount using code EARLYHALF.
    • All multi-week registrations receive 5% discount. (Note that the 5% discount is not applicable to the first course registered, but is applicable to each course registered thereafter). All courses need to be purchased in one transaction to be eligible for the 5% discount. Programs not eligible for this discount are marked with an asterisk.
  • Summer programs are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment
  • Early-bird/Late-bird service (before/after care)
    • Early-bird will run from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM with a $35 fee per week.
    • Late-bird will run from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM with a $65 fee per week.

Registration closes April 30th. After April 30th, you may request to register for the summer programs with remaining available spaces or be wait-listed for programs with full capacity. Click on the REGISTER NOW button to select and pay for your programs using our quick and easy online registration system. Follow the links to see our summer program enrollment agreement & waiver, fees & policies and quick course guide.

Below is the full menu of flexible offerings.

Summer Programs

For students entering grades 1-12 in the fall of 2017

Description
Students will experience a variety of summer activities that are both enrichment and academic. These activities take place on the BASIS Independent McLean campus and may include field trips to educational and recreational facilities.

Dates
Week 1: June 26-30
Week 2: July 5-7
Week 3: July 10-14
Week 4: July 17-21
Week 5: July 24-28
Week 6: July 31-August 4

Times
Half Day (Morning 9:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Half Day (Afternoon 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
Full Day (9:00 AM—4:00 PM)

Fee

  • Half Day courses are $375 per week unless otherwise noted.
    • Multi-week registrations receive a 5% discount
  • Full Day Courses – fees are as listed
    • Multi-week registrations receive a 5% discount
  • Note: Summer programs are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Early Registration Discount

  • Available until March 15th

Traditional Day Camp

Traditional Day Camp

For students entering grades 1-5

Description
Offers a variety of activities including arts and crafts, music and singing, sports, and many other group-based learning and enrichment activities. This camp takes place on the BASIS Independent McLean campus and features some exciting field trips to theme related destinations. Our 6-week camp is divided into themes. During each individual session, all activities and projects are connected to the overall theme. Students can enroll for an entire theme or any individual week within the theme. Students can also enroll for multiple themes or even the entire summer!

Theme One 6/26-6/30: Culinary Institute of BASIS
Join the BASIS culinary team as we learn kitchen safety while preparing healthy, age-appropriate recipes. We’ll explore food and cooking through hands-on creations, food art, and STEM activities. Campers will also plant their own BASIS pizza garden.

Theme Two 7/5-7/14: DC Experience
Is there a better way to celebrate our country’s independence than exploring DC as a true tourist? From the Washington Monument to the Capitol Building, campers will be ready and willing to share fun facts about their nation’s capital! Campers will explore the history of our country, visit local museums, design their own monument and more during this two week camp. (Students may enroll for one or both weeks)

Theme Three 7/17-7/21: Land Before Time
Travel back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth during this week long camp. Campers will learn to do the Dino Stomp, create and hatch dinosaur eggs and go on a fossil hunt. During this camp we’ll also explore fossils and life in the ocean.

Theme Four 7/24-8/04: BASIS Independent Spy School
We’re looking for secret agents to join the BIA (BASIS Intelligence Agency)! Sharpen your detective skills while learning to use the tools of the trade. Use your detective skills to solve secret messages, examine a crime scene, and get yourself and your detective friends out of our very own escape room. (Students may enroll for one or both weeks)

Dates
June 26-30
July 5-7
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31-August 4

Times
Full Day: 9:00-4:00 PM

Fee
Full Day $495 per week


English Enrichment: Writing & Critical Reading

Focus: Fantasy Fiction

For students entering grades 5-7 in the fall of 2017

Description
Fantasy world-building, character development, and dragons… who could ask for more?! This course will explore the magic and excitement that is fantasy fiction. Students will read and analyze the important aspects of the fantasy world. While deconstructing this fictional world and characters, students will identify the qualities of fantasy worlds, heroes, villains, and beasts in classic and contemporary fantasy. Along with the fantasy genre focus, this course will focus on helping students’ grammar, writing, critical reading, and note-taking skills. This course is designed to help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them for middle and high school.

Sample texts
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien; Eragon by Christopher Paolini; The Novice by Taran Matharu, and other selected stories.

Dates
July 10-14
July 17-21

Times
Morning: 9:00 AM-12:00PM (Grades 5-7)

Fee
Half Day (Morning) $375 per week.

Focus: Social Justice

For students entering grades 8-10 in the fall of 2017

Description
The 20th Century was full of monumental social events that changed the course of history in America. This course will explore the changes that occurred, ranging from the Jim Crow South to the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968. It will analyze the importance of Dr. King’s non-violent, civil obedient marches through the South but through the eyes of two young female protagonists, Scout Finch (TKaM) and Lily Owens (TSLoB). Along with the historical and literary focus, this course will focus on grammar, writing, critical reading, and note-taking skills. This course is designed to help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills to prepare for the SAT, AP exams, and college-level coursework.

Sample texts
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd; collected poetry from 20th Century poets.

Dates
July 24 – July 28
July 31- August 4

Times
Morning: 9:00 AM-12:00PM)

Fee
Half Day (Morning or Afternoon) $375 per week.


Rhetoric and Oratory

Poetry Recitation & Public Speaking

For students entering grades 5-10 in the fall of 2017

Description
Rhetorical devices, poetic devices, and the art of public speaking will be introduced during this summer course. This course will introduce students to the many different aspects of spoken language. Students will read, analyze, and recite speeches, monologues, and poetry to help build speaking skills and confidence. Students will have the opportunity to research, organize, write and develop their own speeches and/or poems, and they will deliver them in front of a classroom audience. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop confidence through presentations that reflect their understanding of rhetorical devices, such as ethos, pathos and logos, while allowing students to use the power of words to persuade through spoken-word poetry and other forms of poetry. This course is designed to help students improve confidence with the spoken word, presentation and writing skills, and to prepare them for middle and high school classroom environments.

Dates
July 10 – July 14 (Grades 5-7)
July 17 – July 21 (Grades 5-7)
July 24 – July 28 (Grades 8-10)
July 31 – August 4 (Grades 8-10)

Times
Afternoon: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Fee
Half Day (Afternoon) $375 per week


Foreign Language Immersion

Mandarin Immersion

For students entering grades 1-5 in the fall of 2017

Description
In this course the following themes of language, art, travel, and cuisine are combined into one fun class of introduction to the Mandarin language and culture. Each week, we will work on songs, movies, technologies and games, cooking, and continue to get students interested by answering their needs, creativities, and development. Every day, each student will participate, listen, read, draw, write, speak, and sing in Mandarin in activities that interest them.

Dates
June26 - June 30
July 5 – July 7

Times
Full Day: 9:00-4:00 PM

Fee
Full Day $495 per week


Science

Science Exploration

For students in grades 1-8

Description
Up, up, and away! In this hands-on and engaging science program, students will conduct laboratory experiments in the fields of chemistry, biology, and engineering. Students will also deepen their understanding of the concepts by working on group-based projects such as building towers and creating hot air balloons.

Dates
July 17 – July 21
July 24 – July 28

Times
Morning (Grades 1-4): 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Afternoon (Grades 5-8): 1:00PM – 4:00 PM

Fee
Half day $375

Lego Robotics

For students in grades 3-5

Description
This introductory robotics program uses the Lego Mindstorms EV3 to introduce students to engineering and technology ideas. Students will build samples of simple robots to solve problems with real world applicability. In addition, students will be introduced to the basics of programing.

Dates
June 26 – June 30

Times
Morning: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fee
Half day $375

Engineering

For students in grades 3-5

Description
Students will learn about the scientific principles behind engineering and architecture, and will get the opportunity to design and build structures such as dream houses and towers. While designing their structures, students will conduct research to learn from real world examples. Further, students' structures will be tested in different categories at the end of the week. Students will explore how a 3D printer operates, potential uses, and have opportunities to print their own 3D prizes!

Dates
June 26 – June 30

Times
Afternoon: 1:00PM – 4:00 PM

Fee
Half day $375


Math Enrichment Courses

Saxon Review and Preparation

Recommended for rising grades 4-8

Description
This critical program will give students the opportunity to learn and/or review essential topics to help set them up for success in math for the year to come. Incoming students, as well as current students, desiring review will benefit from the focused approach and further practice offered by the program. The program is flexible: students can enroll for one week, concentrating on preliminary material, or two weeks for an introduction to material from target math levels.

Level I - Recommended for rising grades 4-6
Intended for those going into Math 8/7 or Algebra 1/2. Topics include but are not limited to basic operations, order of operations, word problems, basic geometry, etc.

Level II - Recommended for rising grades 7-8
Intended for those going into Algebra 1 or Algebra 2. Topics include but are not limited to order of operations with fractions and negative numbers, geometry and basic equation solving.

Dates
June 26 -- June 30 (Level 1: Morning; Level II: Afternoon)
July 5 – July 7 (Level 1: Morning; Level II: Afternoon)

Times
Morning 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Afternoon: 1:00PM – 4:00 PM

Fee
Half day $375


College Preparation

4 Point ACT or 200 Point SAT Guarantee

For students entering grades 7–12 in the fall of 2017

Description
In this program, you will improve at least 4 points on the ACT or 200 points on the SAT! Zenith Tutoring, our partner, will be providing private attention to each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan for each student, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials, with access to over 1000 test preparation videos prepared by Zenith.

The class format is also very flexible in that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any 10 sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at Zenith’s Mountain View location any time during the summer or fall.

Note: With this program, the maximum guarantee provided is a 32 on the ACT or a 1400 on the SAT. For example, a student starting with a 29 on the ACT would receive the same guarantee (32) as one who starts with a 28. That said, there’s no reason you couldn’t exceed the guarantee; many of Zenith’s students do!

For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-mclean.

Dates
June 26-August 4 (Class will not be held on July 3rd & 4th )

Times
Morning 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Afternoon: 1:00PM – 3:00 PM

Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Fee *
$1,500 for the entire duration of the program, with all materials included.

7 Point ACT or 350 Point SAT Guarantee

For students entering grades 7–12 in the fall of 2017

Description
In this program, you will improve at least 7 points on the ACT or 350 points on the SAT! Zenith Tutoring, our partner, will be providing private attention to each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan for each student, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials, with access to over 1000 test preparation videos prepared by Zenith.

The class format is also very flexible in that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any 25 sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at Zenith’s Mountain View location any time during the summer or fall.

Note: With this program, the maximum guarantee provided is a 32 on the ACT or a 1400 on the SAT. For example, a student starting with a 26 on the ACT would receive the same guarantee (32) as one who starts with a 25. That said, there’s no reason you couldn’t exceed the guarantee; many of Zenith’s students do!

For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-mclean.

Dates
June 26-August 4 (Class will not be held on July 3rd & 4th )

Times
Morning 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Afternoon: 1:00PM – 3:00 PM

Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Fee *
$3,000 for the entire duration of the program, with all materials included.

34+ ACT or 1500+ SAT Guarantee

For students entering grades 7–12 in the fall of 2017

Description
In this program, students will receive a 34+ on the ACT or a 1500+ on the SAT! This program is specifically designed for high-scoring students (minimum 29 on ACT or 1250 on SAT). Zenith Tutoring, our partner, provides unlimited sessions until the goal is reached, with each class providing private attention to each student—no group exercises. Students can expect a customized plan for each student, utilizing an innovative, data-driven approach. The curriculum combines one-on-one attention, online videos, and written materials, with access to over 1000 test preparation videos prepared by Zenith.

The class format is also very flexible in that you can also mix and match dates/times; just pick any sessions within the dates provided! You may also use sessions at Zenith’s Mountain View location any time during the summer or fall.

Note: With this program, the maximum guarantee provided is a 34 on the ACT or a 1500 on the SAT. That said, there’s no reason you couldn’t exceed the guarantee; many of Zenith’s students do! (including perfect scores among BASIS students)

For more information: https://www.zenithtutoring.com/basis-mclean.

Dates
June 26-August 4 (Class will not be held on July 3rd & 4th )

Times
Morning 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Afternoon: 1:00PM – 3:00 PM

Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Fee *
$3,000 for the entire duration of the program, with all materials included.


STEM Courses

Mindframe Education

 

 

Mindframe STEM summer camps for rising grades 1–10 combine fun and learning in one unforgettable experience. Students learn how to think and work like real engineers, scientists, creative designers, and developers. They get to work on cool projects, engage in fun, hands-on activities, and develop real-world products and digital creations. Students can select from camps focused on science, engineering, programming, robotics, game design, and digital arts.

Features include:
  • Hands-on, innovative STEM curriculum that combines fun and learning
  • Access to real-world tools and the latest technologies
  • Fun break activities, games, challenges, and social time
Mindframe Education provides many camps with focus on technology and digital arts including: 3D Game Design with Unreal Engine, Intro to programming & Robotics, Java Programming, Digital Filmmaking & Special Effects, Stop Motion Animation & Photography.
Check out these camps and many more at: https://mindframeeducation.com/stem-summer-camps/

 

To register for Mindframe Summer camps offered at BASIS Independent McLean visit here: https://www.iclassprov2.com/parentportal/mindframe/camps?camptype=21

Questions?

Please email mclean-summer@basised.com.

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