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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.

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.

What is your cut-off date?

The vast majority of our kindergarten students will be 5 by September 1, 2018, however, we accept applications for students turning 5 up through December 1, 2018. For PreK, students must turn 4 by September 1, 2018. 

We evaluate each student based on their academic preparedness and potential. Generally, this is the pattern we see for admissions across all grades. If, however, during the application process we deem a student more suitable for a grade that doesn't align with his or her birthdate, we will make that grade placement recommendation.

What is the application process?

Read about our application process here: Admissions Information. Read more about our application process at BASIS Independent Manhattan - 795 Columbus Avenue New York, New York 10025

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

From their very first day as a BASIS Independent student, children see and understand how incredibly serious we take their education and academic growth. Ours is an environment that champions hard work and the belief that all students can achieve amazing feats when they put their minds to it. We are all a team—your child, other students, teachers, managers alike—and the team works together to ensure the success and empowerment of each student. The support your child will receive is unmatched, and the culture that welcomes them each day to explore and learn is warm, spontaneous, alive with curiosity, and always nurturing. Our results are only possible because of our culture of learning. 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 kind of transportation is offered?

We offer various bus routes throughout Manhattan for a supplemental fee. Specific pick-up and drop-off locations are determined based on demand. Final routes are adjusted annually and are distributed in the summer.

Why don't you allow fundraising at BASIS Independent Schools?

It requires tremendous administrative support and overhead, which distracts the Head of School and detracts from the academic environment. We also do not want parents to be continually solicited for funding or hope that extra financial contributions will sway influence in the school. However, we welcome parent involvement in other ways such as the Parent Volunteer Committee.

What type of extracurricular activities do you offer?

We offer a tremendous variety of extracurricular and athletic activities, always based on the school's student and teacher interests.

Do you offer a referral program?

Yes, the referring family will receive a $750 tuition credit for each new family referred to and attending BASIS Independent Manhattan or our existing campus, BASIS Independent Brooklyn. The new family will also receive a $250 credit. In order to be eligible as a referring family, you must apply before the new family and the new family must name your family on their child’s application for admission. Learn more.

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.

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.

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, 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.