BASIS Independent Manhattan, a PreK-8 private school on the Upper West Side.

BASIS Curriculum Schools is the result of a clever experiment: what happens when you take best practices from top education systems in the world, places like Singapore, Finland, and Shanghai, and infuse them with the creativity and spirit that defines American education?

In their university-level economics classrooms, BASIS Curriculum Schools co-founders Dr. Michael and Olga Block quickly realized that students educated abroad were more prepared to excel in their studies—no matter the discipline. In 1998, they opened their first high school in Tucson, Arizona, to get to the bottom of the difference between American education traditions and those from the top performers around the world. 

And thus, an education revolution was born. Thirty one campuses and over 15,000 students later, BASIS Curriculum Schools teaches a blend of the best of progressive and traditional educational models, and are looked to as the gold standard in preparing students with the content knowledge, critical thinking, and creative problem solving skills that open up a world of possibility, of unlimited potential in whatever pursuit they seek.

We have multiple private school campuses in Silicon Valley, New York City, one in Northern Virginia, and two international campuses in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, China.

Our Manhattan academic community awaits you with open arms!

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*Curious what happened to that first BASIS Curriculum School in Tucson? It is widely recognized as one of the best schools in the country by any measure.

BASIS Independent Manhattan is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year!

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