September 11, 2015
My 4 kids are in their third year of a Basis school - currently triplets (2 boys and 1 girl) in 5th grade and one boy in 7th. They all have different abilities, interests and social or learning challenges so it feels sometimes like I'm running some kind of Basis educational experiment. How does each one suceed, are they happy, is this the best place for each one? So far - so great!! They love (varying degrees) their teachers, they have learned the skills each needs to succeed, they are identifying their favorite subjects, and they have great friends. When one or another has needed extra academic support, they've gotten it quickly, successfully, and with no feeling of failure or embarrassment. At first I had to set rules and standards at home for doing not only homework but for "studying" to make sure they had really learned their material. The level and amount of material was much more than they had ever done. It was a challenge at first but I was really surprised how well they understood what they needed to do and started doing it on their own! Homework rarely was more than 1 or 1.5 hours at home (they did part of their work at study hall) for about an average of 5 days a week (depending on each child's study focus and ability.) I was also surprised about how much material and memorization they had to do every week - usually culminating in quizzes, test, or projects. At first I worried that it was just memorization but I can tell you that constantly through these three years each one has shown that not only do they remember most material but they really understand and expand on those concepts or subjects. They now frequently prefer to watch "Brain Games" or "Cosmos" or play chess (and Minecraft of course) because they like the challenge. This was rarely the case at their past school no matter how much I tried to engage them. They still have lots of "extra-curricular": chess, baseball, basketball, tennis, nerf wars, circus club, horseback riding, electronics (sigh), friend time and lazy, lazy goof off time. Look, I know parents or kids that didn't like different aspects of this school (backpacks, lunches, teachers, material) and I applaud that the parents are so involved with their kid's education. So all I can say is try it if you think it might be good and find another solution if it isn't the right fit. It's working great for our family.
- submitted by a parent