At BASIS Independent Manhattan, a PreK–grade 9 private school on the Upper West Side, students are inspired to discover their passions and learn at the highest international levels! The world-acclaimed BASIS Curriculum offers an accelerated program led by passionate educators with subject-specific expertise. Rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, our curriculum prioritizes foundational knowledge through a diverse selection of courses, including Mandarin, music, engineering, world history, logic, advanced mathematics, and more. We foster individuality and ingenuity in every student, as well as a joyful learning culture where intellectual pursuits result in extraordinary outcomes.
BASIS Independent Manhattan Reviews
Our children are in their third year at the school and have learned more than their peers in comparable schools, out performed our expectations, and have enjoyed doing so.
Not only is it both academically challenging and rewarding, but it also has a caring, considerate culture lead by outstanding teachers.
It is a small school with small classes so this necessarily limits the clubs and sports it can offer. So if your life revolves around sports and extra curricular activities - and you can't find them outside of your school - then you will most likely deny your children the best education, at the best value, available in NYC!
Cons: the school claims it is accelerated, but it is a school where worksheets are king, children start to feel evaluated by grades and numbers in kindergarten, there is almost no racial diversity, "deans" exhibit unconscious bias and senior management is too focused on the demands of the PE firm that recently acquired the school to manage untrained "deans". There is almost no opportunity for intellectual creativity/diversity because the dominant question is how your child lives up to the worksheets.
The school's has great goals and the teachers seems to really care - but key members of the administration do not know what to do if anything happens that is outside the prepackaged binder of worksheets that they live by.