Age 2–Grade 12 Private School

8000 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102
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The BASIS Curriculum

The BASIS Curriculum, founded in 1998 is an exceptional academic program serving students from PreK–grade 12, and is regularly lauded for both top academic performance and student satisfaction. Our program, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences with advanced STEM offerings, is designed to cultivate children’s abilities to acquire new skills and competencies, and build the foundation for a bright future with unlimited potential. The BASIS Curriculum is consistently recognized among the best on both the national and international stages, and gained notoriety for its breadth, depth, and ability to successfully teach high-level content and critical thinking to students at a young age.

BASIS Curriculum Facts and Figures:

  • 2 minimum hours per week are reserved by teachers for student-teacher office hours
  • 4 AP exams are required to graduate
  • 7.5 hours per week are spent in chemistry, physics, and biology in grades 6–8       

BASIS Independent students are ahead of global peers in readiness for college and beyond, and possess the self-direction and autonomy to tackle any challenge. 

College Admissions*:

  • Class of 2021 Graduates: 154
  • Average SAT score: 1450 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT score: 33 (out of 36)
  • Percentage of graduates accepted to top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges:  89%

*All college admissions data is for BASIS Independent Schools as a whole for the class of 2020.

About BASIS Independent McLean:

  • We are an age 2–grade 12 private school in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia

  • Home to the globally benchmarked BASIS Curriculum designed to inspire mastery and excellence in our students as they learn at the highest international levels.

  • Our world-class Subject Expert Teachers raise a student's critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity skills to a global standard.

  • A joyful learning culture where hard work is celebrated and intellectual pursuits result in extraordinary outcomes.
  • We offer exciting extracurricular options, including diverse clubs, athletics, competitive offerings, and more!

Our Programs:

The Toddler Program: Our Toddler Program, for 2- and 3-year-olds, sets the pace for success in our Early Learning Program and lays the foundation for physical, social, emotional, and language development.

Early Learning Program: In PreK and Kindergarten, we empower young learners' curiosity through inquiry, exploration, and discovery! Students engage in creative and foundational classes such as Mandarin, engineering, drama, and World Discovery.

Primary Program: In the elementary years, students in grades 1–4 benefit from our unique two-teacher model as they make significant connections between their various subjects including Mandarin, STEM, visual arts, and much more!

Middle School Program: Students in grades 5–8 middle school students build autonomy and hone their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and take unique courses such as logic, economics, and more.

High School Program: Our high schoolers are prepared for the world's best colleges as they take a daily college counseling class and participate in university-level capstone courses and independent research.

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