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Our goal is to make the admissions process a seamless, exciting experience. Below are some of the most common FAQs 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?

Read about our application process here: Admissions Information. We are accepting applications for the 2018–19 school year on a rolling basis (Rolling Admissions) for Pre-K1 and Pre-K2.  

What is your cut-off date? Pre-K1 students must turn 3 by the first day of school; Pre-K2 students must turn 4 by September 30, 2018. For Kindergarten admissions, students must turn 5 by September 30, 2018.

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

BASIS Curriculum Schools' mission is to create a love of learning in all students. 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. 

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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. The offerings are based on the school's student interests and teacher expertise in sports, music, humanities, competition clubs, and sciences clubs, to name a few. 

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.

Do you have a referral program?

Yes, as a token of our appreciation in helping us build 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 $1000 tuition credit. After the Early Admissions deadline, the referring family will receive a $750 tuition credit and the new family will receive $250 tuition credit. 

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 likewise we will assist with recommendations.

Ask any experienced BASIS Independent teacher what a BASIS Independent student looks like and they will give you this very straightforward answer: A BASIS Independent student works hard, asks questions and helps other people.

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.

What distinguishes BASIS Independent schools from BASIS charter schools?

BASIS Independent schools and BASIS charter schools are both managed by BASIS Curriculum Schools, an education management company. All BASIS Curriculum Schools feature the tested, refined, and proven educational philosophy and learning approach that has been developed since 1998 and is now in place in 31 schools across the United States and internationally.

However, BASIS Independent McLean is distinctive in our lower student-to-teacher ratio, cutting-edge academic facilities that include labs, a theatre, collaboration rooms, and fine arts and music facilities. We also have a selective admissions process and do no fundraising. 

What is a for-profit independent school?

Outside the United States most private schools, especially new private schools, are for-profit. The United States is an anomaly in this regard.

A for-profit independent school is a business. The school is owned by its investors, and like any business, to thrive the school must satisfy its customers—in this case, our parents, guardians, and grandparents, who pay the tuition. Our objective as a business is simple: to offer an internationally-acclaimed learning experience at an exceptional value.

BASIS Independent schools break the traditional, elitist model of private education. There is no self-perpetuating Board of Trustees made up of influential parents and significant donors. There will be no fundraising whatsoever in any of our schools. The Head of School at a BASIS Independent school is thus liberated from significant conflict-of-interest issues and is able to focus entirely on his or her educational mission: managing teachers and ensuring the quality of the learning culture.