Frequently Asked Questions

We are excited to work with you and your family throughout the admissions process! Below are some of the most common and frequently asked questions about our program. We know that you are bound to have more questions—please contact us. We're here to help.
  • What is the application process?

    Our admissions process is holistic and comprehensive. We are now accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year for PreK-1 through Grade 10. Read more about our admissions process here.

  • What are your age requirements for students in Early Learning?

    PreK-1 applicants must be three years old by the first day of school. PreK-2 applicants must be four years old by September 30, 2019. Kindergarten applicants must be five years old by September 30, 2019.

  • The curriculum is challenging; how do I know my child will succeed?

    Our mission is to create a love of learning in all students and our curriculum is carefully calibrated so that in every discipline and at every grade level, students are appropriately challenged and excited by their learning.

    Each year builds for the challenges to come in a supportive and joyful classroom. We are all a team—your child, other students, teachers, deans alike—and the team works together to ensure the success and empowerment of each student. Teachers provide office hours throughout the school week for students and students can go to our peer tutoring center Monday through Friday.

    Read more about student services.

  • What type of extracurricular activities do you offer?

    With over 50 clubs and organizations and over 80% of students participating in extracurricular activities, we are a vibrant and fun community where students are encouraged to expand and complement their academic programs. Our offerings are based on student interests and teacher expertise in sports, music, humanities, competition clubs, and sciences clubs, to name a few. For a more complete list of the offerings available, explore our sports and athletics and clubs and activities.

  • Do you offer financial aid?

    At this time, we do not offer any financial aid. We do offer tuition payment plans in one, two, or ten installations. Read more about our tuition and fees for each grade.

  • Do you have a referral program?

    Yes, we appreciate your help in building our school. Your family will receive a tuition credit for each new family referred to and enrolled at BASIS Independent McLean. The new family will also receive a tuition credit. If both families apply and enroll during the Early Admissions cycle, both families will receive a $1,000 tuition credit. After the Early Admissions deadline, the referring family will receive a $1000 tuition credit and the new family will receive $500 tuition credit. In order to receive the referral, the new family must list the current family as the referring family on their application.

  • What resources will you have in your school for students with special needs?

    We will not have resources on campuses for many special needs, however we will work diligently and energetically with the parents of students who meet our admissions criteria, to find them the best outside resources and to make available space in the schools for tutorial sessions. We will also not maintain a school psychologist, but are able to assist with recommendations.

    Our teachers and administrators have a long and successful record of supporting, challenging, and inspiring students who require various learning accommodations. All we ask is that the student is willing to work. At BASIS Independent Schools we build on that educational competency.

    Above all, our strong and results-oriented support team of teachers and administrators never gives up on a student.

  • Do you offer transportation?

    BASIS Independent McLean is committed to ensuring that getting to and from school is as safe and convenient as possible. Our fee-based transportation program includes morning and afternoon bus service throughout the DC metro area for students in kindergarten and above. Our bus service will not be available for children in our PreK-1 and PreK-2 classes. Our bus routes attempt to accommodate the majority of students who are interested in the service, but due to the growing nature of our school are subject to change annually.

  • What distinguishes BASIS Independent Schools from BASIS Charter Schools?

    BASIS Independent Schools and BASIS Charter Schools are a part of the BASIS Curriculum Schools Network. All 37 BASIS Curriculum Schools across the world feature the proven educational philosophy and learning approach that has been developed and refined since 1998.

    However, BASIS Independent McLean is distinctive in our lower student-to-teacher ratio, cutting-edge academic facilities that include labs, a theater, collaboration rooms, and fine arts and music facilities. We also have a selective admissions process and do not fundraising.