The Senior Year

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Capstone Courses and Senior Research Projects

The Senior Year at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley is unlike any other: traditional classroom learning has been completed, and most students have Advanced Placement (AP) course requirements finished.

As such, students will typically spend their year taking Capstone Courses and developing their inquiry skills in a Senior Project, where connections come full circle. 

BASIS Curriculum Seniors and Their Projects

Capstone Courses

Our advanced curriculum enables our students to go above and beyond what is traditionally offered in most American schools. Capstone Courses transition students from student-centered learning to independent learning. 

This year, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley offers the following Capstone Courses that tap into the expertise and passions of our subject expert teachers. We look forward to growing our offering in years to come: 

  • Multi-Variable Vector Calculus
  • Game Theory and Behavioral Economics
  • The Biology of Cancer
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Immigration Narratives
  • Post-Colonial Literature
  • Various Language Capstones (focused on translation)

These courses delve deeply into advanced material and are roughly equivalent to upper-level college courses. The result is that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students enter the nation's most prestigious universities and colleges prepared to excel in at least intermediate-level college work.

The Senior Project

A BASIS Independent education cultivates students who are highly engaged, inquisitive and autonomous learners. The Senior Project is the culmination of the BASIS Independent Upper School experience. After three and a half years of intensive academic college preparation, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley seniors are ready to spend the last trimester of their high school careers applying what they have learned in previous years to an independent project that allows them to explore their individual path of learning, their passion and their potential future course of study.

Students embark on a mentor-guided program of academic inquiry with limitless possibilities. Senior Projects vary from internships to experimental research at university-level research labs and field work abroad. To remain connected to their school community, students are required to blog about their experiences.

The Class of 2017 marks an important milestone for our BASIS Independent Schools family: these pioneer students are the first cohort to participate in Senior Projects. Explore their projects and blogs here

From an analysis of body language in presidential campaigns to establishment of a bikeshare program in Bangaluru, a deep-dive into dark matter to designing a learning management tool from scratch, this year's projects are an incredible display of the talents and rich interests of our students.