Our Values

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Our Values

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:

SHOW Respect
...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. 

TAKE Responsibility
...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.

MAKE Improvements
...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.

BASIS Independent McLean Students

BASIS Independent students find joy in discovery, both inside and outside of the classroom.

BASIS Independent students are fundamentally risk takers. Students are not afraid to challenge themselves, their peers, their teachers, or their favorite authors. The hallmark of a BASIS Independent student is an appetite for academic challenge; the hallmark of BASIS Independent teachers is their tireless work each day to inspire and satisfy that hunger. Despite their intellectual drive, BASIS Independent kids are kids, they are real, relaxed, interested in athletics, art, music, cooking — you name it. Students are incredibly supportive and respectful of one another.

Our students are smart but above all curious. Children become BASIS Independent students in our classrooms, inspired by our great teachers, our excellent curriculum and our raised expectations for what they can achieve. At our school, we promise an education that teaches children that learning and success depend on commitment and hard work. We encourage their willingness to take on challenges, to manage the inevitable disappointments and to understand that the most authentic, joyous feelings of accomplishment are not given or bought, but earned. Our most successful students realize and fully take advantage of the endless help offered at BASIS Independent Schools.

5 Key Principles

We Take Our Commitment to Our Learning Community Seriously

BASIS Independent McLean’s academic program and high expectations for student learning require an environment free from disruption, one that fosters mutual respect among students and staff members. To accomplish this, all BASIS Independent Schools have a shared code of conduct based on five key principles of behavior that sustain our community:

  • 1

    Promote respect for fellow students and staff members

    All students are expected to behave in a respectful manner toward themselves, other students, staff and property. In particular, the school adheres to a zero tolerance policy toward any language or behavior that intimidates, belittles or causes physical or emotional injury to others.

  • 2

    Promote respect for all individuals

    BASIS Independent Schools strive to provide an environment in which all students feel comfortable and thrive. For this reason, certain behaviors are strictly prohibited on school premises. These include, but are not limited to, the use of derogatory statements in reference to race, sexuality, ethnicity, culture or religious background.

  • 3

    Promote individual responsibility and responsibility for community

    BASIS Independent Schools hold each student individually responsible for his or her own language and actions.

  • 4

    Provide a safe environment for students

    BASIS Independent staff and students work together to ensure a safe environment for all community members and any potentially dangerous situation is immediately reported to school officials.

  • 5

    Provide a disruption-free educational environment

    BASIS Independent Schools will provide students with the kind of distraction-free learning environment that is necessary to achieve academic excellence.