BASIS Independent McLean: Instilling Wonder and Inquiry in Students from Day One

1 year ago


The earliest years of a child’s life are filled with crucial “aha!” moments as they make countless connections between thoughts, topics, and their surroundings. They absorb new ideas like sponges, fueled by a sense of wonder—developing interests, forming inquisitive minds, and confidently exploring the world around them.

BASIS Independent McLean, an age 2–grade 12 private school in Fairfax County, strives to provide students ages 2–5 with a supportive environment that nurtures and empowers their natural curiosity through opportunities to ask questions, make discoveries, and create as they grow academically. Their Early Learning Program (Twos, PreK, Kindergarten) engages young minds through a world-acclaimed curriculum that sets the stage for success throughout a student’s entire academic journey.

Our teachers have deep content knowledge in the subjects they teach, allowing them to engage and connect students to the material.

The Early Learning Program is expanding in Fall 2019 to offer a Twos Program, which will focus on laying the necessary building blocks for physical, social, emotional, and language growth. In the Twos Program, nurturing teachers with deep knowledge of effective pedagogical techniques combine purposeful play with opportunities for inquiry, positioning our youngest learners for success as they grow and learn.

Early Learning students have ample opportunities to build friendships with their peers through activities and extracurriculars.

The Early Learning Program fosters early numeracy, literacy, and more through developmentally appropriate play, lessons, and exploratory activities that help make new subject matter fun. The Early Learning curriculum features the following:

-Course blocks in Language & Literacy, World Discovery, and math

-Specials” courses including STEM, Mandarin, art, music, and performing arts

-Daily recesses and learning activities focused on movement

-An enrichment period in Kindergarten when students can spend time reading or working on projects

Early Learning students are highly focused on an art project, supported by a teacher.

Students within the Early Learning Program benefit from the support of two expert teachers in each class and who work together to attend to students’ individual social-emotional needs while also ensuring students fully interact with the material. This unique teaching model allows teachers to strike a balance between nurturing their students and helping them develop the skills that will help them excel in every endeavor.

Our interactive program keeps young learners' minds and bodies active throughout the day with numerous activities, games, and songs that complement their lessons.

According to Ms. Korik, the Director of Student Affairs in PreK–grade 3, “Our Early Learning Program offers students a thematic, hands-on, comprehensive, and content-rich curriculum that builds skills while fostering confidence, curiosity, and respect.” Through the Early Learning Program, students will ultimately broaden their understanding of their environment in and out of the classroom, and discover meaningful connections about the world they live in.

An Early Learning student proudly displays her art piece after a morning fueled by creativity and excitement!

You can learn more about BASIS Independent McLean, their Early Learning Program, and new Twos Program at their Open House on Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 AM. Or, join their interest list to stay up-to-date with school news, program details, and upcoming admissions events. They are currently accepting applications for the upcoming school year.


Written by BASIS Independent McLean

BASIS Independent McLean, an age 2–grade 12 private school in Tysons Corner, educates students at the highest international levels in a liberal arts and STEM curriculum benchmarked to the top educational systems in the world. Subject Expert Teachers bring advanced material to life and prepare students with the content knowledge, critical thinking, and self-advocacy skills to be successful in their education and beyond. Students can choose from a wide selection of electives and extracurriculars as they discover their passions and become active participants in their school and larger community.                     

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