The Senior Year

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Capstone Courses and Senior Research Projects

The Senior Year at BASIS Independent is unlike any other. Because of the accelerated nature of our coursework, students are typically finished with most graduation requirements and spend their year taking Capstone Courses and developing their inquiry skills in a Senior Project, where connections come full circle.

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. Capstone students study subjects like Category Theory, Organic Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics, Differential Equations, Literary Theory, Game Theory and Political Philosophy.

These courses delve deeply into advanced material and are roughly equivalent to upper-level college courses. The result is that BASIS Independent 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 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. View the topics of our 2016 BASIS.ed student Senior Projects here.