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Virtual Summer Programs

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

At BASIS Independent McLean, the learning and fun do not stop when the regular school year ends! BASIS Independent Summer proudly offers a wide variety of academic and recreational programs taught by expert educators and staff.

Summer Program Basics

All of our sessions are open to any interested students. We have a variety of programs available for elementary, middle, and high school students. Students have access to a number of summer activities that are both enriching and academic. Create your own BASIS Independent Summer experience – choose one or a few sessions that work for your schedule, or try them all!

Dates
  • June 27–July 1
  • July 5–July 8* (Class will not be held on July 4)
  • July 11–July 15
  • July 18–July 22
  • July 25–July 29
  • August 1–August 5

Follow the links to see our summer program enrollment agreement & waiver and course guide. Below is the full menu of flexible offerings. Please see the area below our course offerings for additional important info.

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For Credit Academic Courses

The following Math courses are offered both for credit and enrichment and will run concurrently. For credit sections are open to non-BASIS Independent Students as well as currently enrolled BASIS Independent students who have advancement approval. For-credit students are eligible for full credit upon successful completion of the course when they are able to demonstrate subject mastery. Please consult your individual BASIS Curriculum School to determine if you have earned credit for the course. Enrichment classes are open to all students. The following Elective courses including Economics are open to students entering grades 10-12 in the fall of 2022 and credit will be awarded: Intro to Programming is open to students entering grades 9-12 but only students entering grades 10-12 will receive full credit. Please note, BASIS Independent Schools will award academic credit for the list of for-credit courses below. If you are not a current BASIS Independent student, it is up to the discretion of your child's school to accept this credit.
  • Pre-Algebra

    Note: BASIS Independent students must be either rising or incoming grade 6 and have advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT to be eligible to take this course. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: This course includes concepts typical of this type of course and also topics from geometry, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics. At the end of the course, students are well-versed in areas of fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, percentages, proportions, ratios, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions, scientific notation, and data representation, algebraic representation, and solving real-world problems.

    Required materials: SAVAAS ebook will be provided.

    Course Session:
    June 27–August 5 (Class will not be held on July 4)
    11:30 AM–4:00 PM EST – For for-credit students

    Live Lecture: 11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST
    Independent Study: 1:30 PM–3:00 PM EST
    Live Office Hour: 3:00 PM–4:00 PM EST 

    Tuition:
    $2,995

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    Note: BASIS Independent students must have completed Pre-Algebra or its equivalent and have advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT (this requirement does not apply to non-BASIS Independent students). This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: Algebra and Geometry I: This course covers all of the traditional first-year algebra topics while helping students build higher-order thinking skills, real-world application skills, reasoning, and an understanding of interconnecting math strands. The class focuses on multiple representations of algebraic thinking: verbal, numerical, symbolic, and graphical. Topics covered include: algebra foundations; basic geometric concepts; functions and relations; linear equations; polynomials; rational expressions and functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; radical expressions and functions; quadratic equations; absolute-value equations and inequalities; and probability and data analysis. Real-world applications and continual practice/review are fundamental parts of the class and are important for mastery of the material.

    Required materials: SAVAAS ebook will be provided.

    Course Session:
    June 27–August 5 (Class will not be held on July 4)
    11:30 AM–4:00 PM EST – For for-credit students

    Live Lecture: 11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST
    Independent Study: 1:30 PM–3:00 PM EST
    Live Office Hour: 3:00 PM–4:00 PM EST 

    Final Math Exam: Aug 5

    Tuition:
    $2,995

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    Note: BASIS Independent students must have completed Algebra I/Geometry or its equivalent and have advancement approval for FOR-CREDIT. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Required materials: SAVAAS ebook will be provided.

    Description: This is the second part in a series of algebra and geometry courses. Students will continue working on concepts introduced in Algebra 1/Geometry, but more in-depth. After mastering topics introduced in this course, students should be able to solve equations and inequalities with absolute value quadratic and logarithmic equations and work with complex numbers and trigonometric functions of right triangle. Also, geometry will be incorporated and the equivalent of formal geometry will be concluded. Students will be introduced to proof.

    Course Session:
    June 27–August 5 (Class will not be held on July 4)
    11:30 AM–4:00 PM EST – For for-credit students

    Live Lecture: 11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST
    Independent Study: 1:30 PM–3:00 PM EST
    Live Office Hour: 3:00 PM–4:00 PM EST 

    Final Math Exam: Aug 5

    Tuition:
    $2,995

  • Economics

    For students entering grades 10–12 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: The summer economics course will introduce students to the concepts of economics. This includes learning about many of the basic models in economics such as supply and demand and how specific markets and economies behave. The course will take some key elements from both microeconomics (individual and firm analyses) and macroeconomics (nationwide analyses). By the end of the course, students will be economically literate. They will be able to understand how our world works from the viewpoint of an economist.

    Course Session:
    June 27–July 29 (Class will not be held on July 4)
    5:00 PM–7:30 PM EST – For for-credit students

    Tuition:
    $1,500

Math Enrichment

The following Math courses are offered both for credit and enrichment and will run concurrently. For credit sections are open to non-BASIS Independent Students as well as currently enrolled BASIS Independent students who have advancement approval. Enrichment classes are open to all students.
  • Pre-Algebra

    Note: BASIS Curriculum students must be either rising or incoming grade 6 to be eligible to take this course (this requirement does not apply to non-BASIS Curriculum students). This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: Pre-algebra includes topics from geometry, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics. At the end of the course, students are well-versed in areas of fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, percentages, proportions, ratios, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions, scientific notation, and data representation, algebraic representation, and solving real-world problems.

    Course Session:
    June 27–August 5 (Class will not be held on July 4)
    11:30 AM–3:00 PM EST – For enrichment students

    Live Lecture: 11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST
    Independent Study: 1:30 PM–3:00 PM EST

    Tuition:
    $2,365

  • Algebra I/Geometry

    Note: Completion of Pre-Algebra or its equivalent is required. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: This course covers all of the traditional first-year algebra topics while helping students build higher-order thinking skills, real-world application skills, reasoning, and an understanding of interconnecting math strands. The class focuses on multiple representations of algebraic thinking: verbal, numerical, symbolic, and graphical. Topics covered include: algebra foundations; basic geometric concepts; functions and relations; linear equations; polynomials; rational expressions and functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; radical expressions and functions; quadratic equations; absolute-value equations and inequalities; and probability and data analysis. Real-world applications and continual practice/review are fundamental parts of the class and are important for mastery of the material.

    Course Session:
    June 27–August 5 (Class will not be held on July 4)
    11:30 AM–3:00 PM EST – For enrichment students

    Live Lecture: 11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST
    Independent Study: 1:30 PM–3:00 PM EST

    Tuition:
    $2,365

  • Algebra II/Geometry

    Note: Completion of Algebra I/Geometry or its equivalent is required. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: This is the second part in a series of algebra and geometry courses. Students will continue working on concepts introduced in Algebra 1/Geometry, but more in-depth. After mastering topics introduced in this course, students should be able to solve equations and inequalities with absolute value quadratic and logarithmic equations, and work with complex numbers and trigonometric functions of right triangle. Also, geometry will be incorporated and the equivalent of formal geometry will be concluded. Students will be introduced to proofs in geometry with similar and congruent figures, circles and their parts, lines, and planes.

    Course Session:
    June 27–August 5 (Class will not be held on July 4)
    11:30 AM–3:00 PM EST – For enrichment students

    Live Lecture: 11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST
    Independent Study: 1:30 PM–3:00 PM EST

    Tuition:
    $2,365

  • Pre-Calculus

    Note: Completion of Algebra II/Geometry or its equivalent is required. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: This enrichment opportunity provides a five week in-depth coverage of major topics covered during the Pre-Calculus AB course in the fall. Each week will focus on one of the major topics starting with the elementary conceptual level and developing them into intermediate and advanced level by the end of the week. The major topics include Conic Sections, Functions, Logarithms, and Trigonometry (two weeks will be dedicated to this topic). An emphasis will be placed on students to discuss each of these topics using Algebraic, numerical, graphical and verbal standards. There will be daily in-class and independent study assignments and many checks for understanding throughout the week. There is no required textbook for this course. All material will be provided by the instructor within the framework of the distant learning model and applicable online platforms.

    Course Session:
    June 27–August 5 (Class will not be held on July 4)
    11:30 AM–3:00 PM EST – For enrichment students

    Live Lecture: 11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST
    Independent Study: 1:30 PM–3:00 PM EST

    Tuition:
    $2,365

Science Enrichment

  • Biology Week 1

    For students entering grades 7 – 8 in the Fall of 2022 (and entering grade 9 if student has not taken Biology). This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: This one-week biology course covers grades 6 and 7 and introduces students to the cellular world, specifically how cells come together in billions of different combinations to produce the enormous variety of life on this planet. After learning what it means to be a biologist – to not only ask questions about the living world around oneself, but within oneself as well – students will explore and explain the underlying mechanisms that govern the functioning of all living organisms. By the end of this course, students should not only have a baseline knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, but also understand how humans compare and contrast with our distant relatives, the Plant Kingdom.

    Course Session:
    July 11–15
    Grades 7 & 8 (or rising 9 if student hasn’t taken Biology)
    Time: 4:30 PM–6:30 PM EST

    Tuition:
     $265

  • Biology Week 2

    For students entering grade 9 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: This one-week biology course covers grade 8 and will further students’ comprehension of cells by learning about the cellular processes in-depth and -the maintenance of homeostasis. This course will dive into the details of the biochemistry of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids. Cellular transport and membrane structure are emphasized.  Plant processes like photosynthesis are studied at a molecular level. Students will learn all basic reactions occurring in the process of cellular respiration. Cell division, Genetics, DNA structure, DNA replication, transcription, and translation are studied in depth. Evolutionary and ecological concepts will be reinforced especially in the context of genetics. This course is an excellent preparatory course for Honors Biology.

    Course Session:
    Date: July 18–22
    Time: 4:30 PM–6:30 PM EST
    Grades 9

    Tuition:
     $265

  • Chemistry

    For students entering grades 7 – 9 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: In the summer chemistry program, students will be introduced to measurements and significant figures, atomic structure, types of matter, physical and chemical changes, bonding, and chemical reactions. They will learn how to read the periodic table, name simple ionic and covalent compounds and do chemical calculations involving moles and Avogadro’s number. The instruction will be a mix of hands-on activities, guided inquiry, lectures, and lab experiments.

    Course Session:
    July 11–July 22
    Grades 7–9
    8:30 AM–10:30 AM EST

    Tuition:
     $530

  • Physics

    For students entering grades 7 – 9 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: First Time Physics teaches the essential definitions and descriptions of classical physics in the areas such as motion, forces, Newton’s laws, momentum, energy and electrostatics. Mathematically, our course will primarily use three variable equations with basic algebra. Students must clearly solve these equations for missing variables and use proper units and notation. The core focus of First Time Physics is building fluent verbal descriptions of physical systems as well as learning fundamental rules for solving problems in classical physics. The course prepares students for the coming year’s most challenging topics such as 2-D vectors, 2-D kinematics, 2-D force analysis, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, and electrostatics.

    Course Session:
    July 25–August 5
    Grades 7–9
    8:30 AM–10:30 AM EST

    Tuition:
     $530

Writing Enrichment

  • Creative Writing

    For students entering grades 4 – 5 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: In this program, students will gain inspiration from popular texts, then set out to write their own material. We will write mythical poetry, monster stories, food reviews, and short stories. During the process, we will cover root words, outline a text, and read from multiple genres that range from the classics to the comics.

    Course Session:
    June 27–July 1
    Grades 4–5
    8:30 AM–10:30 AM EST

    Tuition:
     $370

  • Reading Skills & Comprehension

    For students entering grades 1 – 3 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: In this course, students will embark on a reading adventure! They will work in both small and whole group settings to hone their reading skills and develop a passion for reading all types of literature. Students will get to examine many different genres to develop foundational literacy skills that support the BASIS curriculum. They will read picture books, poems, fictional texts, information articles, and nonfiction texts and engage in discussions and hands-on activities focused on reading comprehension. They will develop their reading skills through lively vocabulary games, introductions to helpful graphic organizers, and utilize new effective distance learning techniques! There will be a focus on developing an understanding of figurative and descriptive language and effective storytelling.

    Course Session:
    July 25–July 29
    Grades 1–3
    8:30 AM–10:30 AM EST

    Tuition:
     $370

  • Reading & Writing Workshop (Gr. 7 & 8)

    For students entering grades 7 – 8 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: This class will engage with interesting literature and grapple with big ideas through writing. Students will study plot structure and analyze character development. Then, they will express their opinions of the author’s characters with structured writing pieces that will build their confidence as scholarly writers.

    Course Session:
    July 5–July 8 (No class on July 4)
    8:30 AM–10:30 AM

    Tuition:
    $300

  • Study Skills & Notetaking

    For students entering grades 6–12 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: This class is designed to help students understand the challenges in reading multiple secondary and primary sources, and to teach students effective study strategies based on their learning style. Students will look at different styles of notetaking, will learn the power of staying organized, and get to know the methodology and benefits behind these lifelong skills. Through the exploration of their own learning styles and new forms of notetaking and studying, these skills will become something to look forward to instead of dread. At the end of this course, students will learn how to use their study time more effectively and develop easy strategies to maximize their time while sustaining a high level of comprehension and organization. These powerful skills will lower the stress and anxiety associated with high-stakes testing, and provide the preparation support students need to succeed in those situations.

    This course will also help prepare new students for the transition into the BASIS curriculum. Students will learn about the importance of a daily communication journal, the benefits of different note-taking styles for different courses, and learn strategies for how to manage the challenging workload.

    Course Session:
    July 18–July 22
    Grades 6–8
    8:30 AM–10:30 AM EST

    July 25–July 29
    Grades 9–12
    8:30 AM–10:30 AM EST

    Tuition:
     $370

Languages

  • AP Latin

    For students entering grades 7–11 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: This enrichment week is intended to give rising AP Latin students an intensive ‘head start’ to this rigorous course by introducing the course itself and its exam, both authors (Caesar and Vergil), their styles and genres, meter and how to read it. This week will shake off the summer cobwebs and get students ready to start the year at full speed, reviewing and previewing material usually introduced in the first few months of the course.

    Course Session:
    July 18–July 22
    Grades 6–8
    8:30 AM–10:30 AM EST

    Tuition:
     $370

Technology

  • Build Your Own App Game!

    For students entering grades 3–8 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: Ever wanted to build your own games or apps? Love Roblox or Minecraft? Well, this is the camp for you! In this course, students will learn the skills of a coder through conceiving and designing, their own simple mobile app game. The resulting game will be made available on the VAC Gamehub app on the iOS Appstore. All students will gain an exciting set of 21st-century tech skills in coding and tech, and end up with a game they can play on their phones. You don’t need any previous experience or special software to take this: all you need is your creativity and a laptop!

    Course Session:
    June 27–July 8 (No class on July 4)
    Grades 3–8
    11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST

    July 11–July 22
    Grades 3–8
    11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST

    Tuition:
     $280

  • Tech & Entrepreneurship

    For students entering grades 3–8 in the Fall of 2022. This course will be offered in an online format.

    Description: In this course, you will both learn the skills of a coder and how to appreciate the mindset of an entrepreneur, as you build and release an iPhone app with your friends! You’ll gain an exciting set of 21st-century tech skills and learn how to make your own apps and games. To start, you’ll learn about logic, coding (Javascript and React), and design, through fun, group-based activities, led by an enthusiastic instructor. At the end of the course, you’ll complete a final project where you make an app for a real non-profit organization. Previous students have created real apps being used right now by a mental health charity, a New York non-profit, and a charter school in the UK for their final projects. You don’t need any previous experience or special software for the course: all you need is your creativity!

    Course Session:
    June 27–July 8 (No class on July 4)
    Grades 3–8
    11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST

    July 11–July 22
    Grades 3–8
    11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST

    Tuition:
     $280

DEPOSITS

A $75 non-refundable deposit is required for each course. Deposit amounts will be deducted from the program fees. Please see Program/Course Changes below for our one-time complimentary deposit transfer policy.

TUITION FEES AND BALANCES

Tuition fees are as listed and on our website. The balance of fees for summer programs will be automatically withdrawn on May 2 from the credit card on file.

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT

Receive a $50 discount when you register for 2 courses per student; $75 discount when you register for 3 courses per student; $100 discount when you register for 4 or more courses per student by 11:59 PM EST on April 11. All courses need to be purchased in one transaction to be eligible for the discounts.

PROGRAM/COURSE CHANGES

One complimentary transfer request is allowed by April 28. After April 28, approved transfer requests incur a $25 fee per request.

REFUND POLICY

Until April 28:
Refunds are permitted, minus the $75.00 non-refundable deposit.

After April 28:
In the event that a course is canceled due to low enrollment, the full amount (including the non-refundable deposit), minus a $25 processing fee, will be refunded. There will also be no tuition refunds or tuition transfers for any reason other than course cancellation. Deposits and program fees are non-refundable under any and all circumstances and cannot be transferred to another session or another student. This includes, but is not limited to, absence(s), withdrawal before the end of the program, and disruptive behavior or other misconduct.

Important Dates
  • February 14: Early registration opens
  • April 11: Early registration discounts end
  • April 28: Cancellations and refunds permitted, minus the $75.00 non-refundable deposit. No course changes are permitted after this date
  • May 2: Registration closes and the balance of fees for summer programs will be automatically withdrawn on May 2 from the credit card on file
  • After May 2: Registration remains open only if there are remaining spaces. Full payment required for all registrations on or after this date. Wait-lists available for programs with full capacity.
Attendance Policy for For-Credit Academic Courses
  • Students must inform the teacher in advance before missing any class.
  • Students may miss no more than 5 days if enrolled in any for-credit course.

In the event of low enrollment, courses are subject to cancellation and the full amount (including the non-refundable deposit), minus a $25 processing fee, will be refunded (see the Fees and Policies section in our Course Guide). We reserve the right to change instructors and expand or contract grade requirements for any course at our discretion.

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