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At BASIS Independent Manhattan, our educational philosophy is centered around student autonomy and self-advocacy. As such, many of the services we provide for students and families keep in mind this critical community pillar: 

  • Student Support and Teacher Office Hours—our program ensures that students are nurtured and supported academically, plus the unique offering of teacher office hours available for all students. 
  • BASIS Organizational Skills for Success (BOSS)—a program focused on student readiness for the start of the school year. 
  • Peer Tutoring—we hope to implement a program to support the academic success of all students and normalize seeking help from peers between students. 
We also offer many critical auxiliary services such as a lunch program, called Butterbeans, before and after care, and transportation to make school like as easy as possible: 
  • Early and Late Bird Programs—age-appropriate and productive activities before and after school hours. 
  • Transportation—Preliminary bus routes forthcoming; we hope to cover most neighborhoods in Manhattan, and potentially select routes outside of the five boroughs.
  • Butterbeans Program—an optional service for students who wish to purchase lunch. We offer gluten-free, nut-free, organic, and farm-to-table options.  

Read below to learn more details about these services and if you have any questions, please contact us.

Support Along the Way

Student Support

Deans are assigned to a specific grade level or group of grade levels, they are constantly monitoring student performance for those who need support or are making exceptional strides.

Deans play a very specific role in developing and orchestrating a plan for students who need additional support above what is offered in the classroom. First, they meet with the student and assess, then they employ a plethora of strategies such as extra teacher hours, peer tutoring, executive functioning, and organizational support.

Most importantly, whether a student is on a Student Support plan or not, we celebrate success as students inevitably make strides towards achieving their individual goals as scholars.

BASIS Organizational Skills for Success (BOSS)

In every grade, teachers focus on the development of two fundamental competencies: the organization of complex tasks and the productive management of the student's limited time. 

We take the importance of this preparation a step further with our BASIS Organizational Skills for Success (B.O.S.S.) program, which typically takes place the week before the start of the academic year.

The optional program focuses not only on executive functioning skills to set students up for success, but also serves as a way for students to get to know fellow classmates, supporting the transition into our program.  

Peer Tutoring

This after school program was purposefully designed to be a hallmark of our school. The aims of peer tutoring are twofold: 

  • To improve student outcomes by tapping into the proven notion that peers and like-learners are often as equipped as experts to explain a concept to a struggling student. 
  • To normalize the often uncomfortable feeling of needing help and not just seeking it from teachers, but from fellow students. BASIS Independent McLean students are successful when they take advantage of the plethora of resources at their fingertips. 

Early and Late Bird Program


Early Bird is a voluntary brief extension of the school day available to all students before the start of school. Early Bird provides a place for students to be dropped off a few minutes early and quietly socialize with friends in a structured, supervised environment. Students are required to follow all school disciplinary rules during this time and are not allowed to leave the designated area before the start of the student's scheduled classes. There is no fee for Early Bird.


Late Bird is a voluntary, fee-based after school extension of the school day available to all students. Students are provided a quiet academic environment to complete homework and quietly socialize with friends in a structured, supervised environment.


BASIS Independent Manhattan is committed to ensuring that getting to and from school is as convenient as possible. Our fee-based transportation program includes morning and afternoon bus service. We typically run bussing twice in the afternoon: when school lets out as well as after the conclusion of our robust after-school activities. Our bus routes are comprehensive and attempt to accommodate the majority of students who are interested in the service. As such, we anticipate they will change as our community evolves. 

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Butterbeans Program

BASIS Independent Manhattan offers a lunch program for students of all ages. We work closely with our third party provider to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies. We have gluten-free, nut-free, organic, and farm-to-table options available.