Capstone Courses and Senior Projects

Capstone Courses and Senior Projects

The Senior Year at BASIS Curriculum Schools is unlike any other – traditional classroom learning has been completed, 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.

Capstone Courses

The Senior Year at BASIS Curriculum Schools is unlike any other – traditional classroom learning has been completed, 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.

The Senior Project

The Senior Year at BASIS Curriculum Schools is unlike any other – traditional classroom learning has been completed, 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.

High School Program

The BASIS Curriculum Schools High School Program is consistently recognized as one of the best in the America. Unmatched in breadth and depth, the High School Program is where the BASIS Curriculum began, designed to prepare students to compete and excel on the international stage. The building blocks of the program include an advanced, liberal arts and sciences curriculum benchmarked to the best educational systems in the world, Subject Expert Teachers whose knowledge and passion inspire excellence in students, and a supportive culture where hard work and the pursuit of knowledge is celebrated.

The Curriculum

A liberal arts and sciences curriculum benchmarked to the highest international standards.

The High School Program prepares students to be active participants in their futures and challenges them to reach the highest international benchmarks. The curriculum builds off the foundation of content and skills learned in middle school and offers students a diverse course of study that is unmatched in breadth and depth. By the time they reach grade 9, they are ready for Advanced Placement® (AP) courses, a key, required component of the curriculum. Externally measured and validated by the College Board, these courses allow students to study college-level work in high school. AP classes are available starting in grade 9 at our school, and because of the acceleration of our program, most students complete their AP course requirements over the course of their first three years in high school.

* Read more about AP performance and our philosophy behind our use of AP courses.

In addition to advanced coursework in all disciplines, students are offered a wide variety of elective options that provide opportunities to explore their interests and discover new passions. Elective offerings change, but often include courses in the arts, engineering and computer science, additional foreign language beyond the requirement, and more. Additionally, they can choose to complement the curriculum with many different extracurricular activities, sports, and clubs. Students often take the initiative to create clubs or activities themselves, which allow them to experience interscholastic competition, serve the school and local community, and develop new skills in a non-academic or creative outlet. Ultimately, their passions come into focus through our unique Senior Year, which bridges the high school experience with the expectations of college.

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Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The College Board was founded as the College Entrance Examination Board in 1900 to bring order to the process of college admissions. In 1955, the College Board introduced the Advanced Placement (AP) program to enable students to receive advanced placement in colleges that range from college credit to the waiving of required courses. Today the AP Exams are recognized globally as a way to demonstrate a student’s college readiness.

At BASIS Curriculum Schools, students have the opportunity to begin AP-level coursework before they even enter High School and all students begin AP courses and exams in Grade 9. Our students will take a minimum of six (6) Advanced Placement courses as part of their graduation requirement. On average, our students take many more exams (12.9 as of 2019) with a very high pass rate (92.7% as of 2019), which is a reflection of their diverse interests and curiosity. These exams and results demonstrate the capability of our students and form an important component of the University application process.

The Senior Year

The High School program culminates in Grade 12, also referred to as the Senior Year. In the first two trimesters, seniors benefit from the expertise of their teachers in Capstone Courses, the equivalent to a 200 or 300-level University course. These courses are diverse and in-depth and have in the past included topics such as Biomedical Engineering and Post-Colonial Literature. The BASIS Curriculum Senior Year is a unique opportunity to learn at a more advanced academic level than typical high school seniors. They explore potential topics that may influence their choice in University major or future career, and cultivate intellectual passions and pursuits that will shape them as learners and leaders in University and beyond.

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Senior Projects

Senior Projects

The culmination of the Senior Year is the Senior Project which is conducted over the Third Trimester. With this, students have the opportunity to work with leaders in their field of interest to conduct an in-depth research project and gain hands-on practical experience in business or academia. Our college counseling team works with leading Universities, corporations and not-for-profit organizations to pair students to conduct advanced level research studies. Many of our students go on to conduct research projects such as cancer studies, animal behavior research, analysis fashion trends, and more. These are truly incredible young adults who are primed to be better prepared as they enter the University.

University and Beyond

We have built the success of our school on our ability to help students develop into bright, capable and independent young adults. We challenge each individual student to become the best version of themselves and consistently rank among most well respected schools in world. Many of our students go on to receive scholarships from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Brown, MIT, Princeton, University of Oxford, and many more. You can see more of our rankings at our BASIS Results page.

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Middle School Program

The BASIS International Middle School curriculum (Grades 5 through 8) is designed to help students develop academic and organizational skills that will prepare them for the demanding BASIS High School curriculum. Whereas the Primary School program is taught in integrated 85-minute blocks, Middle School students move classes and subjects every 50 minutes, which presents an exciting challenge for students.

Organizational skills, time management and self-control are not innate which is why the Middle School curriculum has been designed in such a way to enable students to build and refine these skills. Our curriculum in these grades is one of the most advanced Middle School programs available in the world, fully integrating the sciences, arts, math, language, reading and critical thinking. By the end of Middle School, students have the ability to synthesize information across subject matter and are prepared for the rigor of the High School curriculum.

The Curriculum

Rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, the BASIS Curriculum is one of the most robust programs available at the middle school level.

With coursework in classics, physical geography, math, English, performing arts, and more, grade 5 bridges the concrete thinking and material in the younger grades with the abstract thinking that will be expected of students in grades 6–8. For example, students’ course in Intro to Science helps them become fluent in the scientific method and units of scientific measure, preparing them to excel in disciplinary sciences.

In grades 6–8, students complete a rigorous schedule in all core disciplines, including three separate, concurrent science classes (biology, chemistry, and physics), economics, foreign language, and a course in logic. Students can select an elective beginning in grade 6 and foreign language option in grades 7 and above. The spiral of the curriculum is essential and highly apparent in these grades, particularly regarding the revisiting of concepts in the sciences in greater depth with each passing year, as students prepare for entry into Honors or Advanced Placement® (AP) level coursework starting in grade 9. For instance, the concept of homeostasis is introduced in grade 6 biology with a focus on the organ systems of the human body. In grade 7 biology, homeostasis is further studied in diverse systems of life on earth. By grade 8 biology, students expand their knowledge as they focus on how genetic mutations and cancers affect homeostasis at the cellular level.

Teachers and Students Religious Ceremony
Teacher and Student In Middle School

Guiding Our Middle School Students on the Path to Success

Middle School is a formative time in a child’s development and our educators are prepared to help guide students through this stage of learning. We guide students through these exciting, but often challenging years, and equip them with the tools, knowledge and self-efficacy they need to succeed in High School.

In the Middle School program students come to understand knowledge as a tool using fundamental concepts and skills to analyze the world around them. They learn that developing and mastering skills and facts is a step towards the more creative thinking required of the college level coursework they will tackle in High School.

As a result, our Middle School program consistently ranks among the best schools in the world and our students go onto excel as they continue their educational journey.

Exciting Extracurricular Programs

We offer a wide range of engaging extracurricular programs, which give students the opportunity to pursue their passions while engaging with their peers and the wider community.

There are many sports, clubs and activities available, which addresses the diverse interest of our students. Our students have the opportunity to particulate in activities including language, technology, sports, drama, arts, music, dance, robotics, and other innovative programs.

We encourage all of our students to take an active role in our extracurricular clubs. As a result, many of the extracurricular programs are developed in collaboration with, and often led by, proactive and enterprising young students.

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Primary School Program

The Primary Program at BASIS International School Bangkok offers an unmatched learning experience for students as they begin to fully embrace a variety of subjects and their inter-connectivity. This program is uniquely defined by the emphasis on connections between subjects as well as the teaching partnership present in grades 1–4.* Students have different Subject Expert Teachers (SETs) for every core class paired with a Learning Expert Teacher (LET) shepherding the learning environment as they move from each SET’s classroom to another with their LET.

Grades 1 through 4 Curriculum

Starting in Grade 1, BASIS Curriculum students are no longer in a self-contained classroom for a full-day. In every subject, students work with a Subject Expert and Learning Expert teacher.

Our Primary School curriculum (Grades 1 through 4) was developed through collaborative work within the BASIS Curriculum Schools Network by teachers with deep subject knowledge, and elementary education experts with diverse teaching experiences.

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Art Class

Subject Expert and Learning Expert Teacher Model

The BASIS Primary School Program has a unique educational model that enables students to rapidly master content knowledge. Two teachers work in tandem to introduce and reinforce skills and knowledge that accelerates the learning process.

The Subject Expert Teacher (SET) is a teacher who specializes in the subject that they are teaching, many of whom have advanced degrees in the field they teach. These teachers bring the depth of content knowledge and passion for their subject material that ignites student’s interests.

The Learning Expert Teacher (LET) is a teacher who specializes in educational pedagogy. The role of the LET is to ensure that students understand what they are being taught and that each individual student is working to the best of his or her ability. The LET travels with the students throughout the school day as they move between subjects.

The synergy of the SET and LET facilitates a rapid transition from instruction of foundational skills and knowledge to independent thinking and active learning.

Spiraling Curriculum and Connections

The BASIS Curriculum has been designed to link subject matter across content areas and grade levels. This approach teaches students that the ability to combine information and methods among various content areas is a powerful tool necessary to understand and change the world. To help reinforce concepts and master subject material, our curriculum is designed to revisit core concepts as students progress through the school year. This spiraling curriculum ensures a thorough understanding of the content within each subject.

Emphasis is placed on making connections between subjects by reiterating key concepts throughout the curriculum fostering the move from acquisition to application of knowledge. A key element of this is the Connections Class (Grades 1-3) taught by the LET in which students synthesize the information they have been learning throughout their various subjects in a project based group setting.

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Early Learning Program

Leading International Preschool in Bangkok

Education Redefined is at the core of our Early Learning Years through Grade 12 Program. The critical early years in the development of a child help to foster a love of learning and serve as a strong foundation to be built upon in the Primary Years Program.

Instill a Love for Early Years Learning

As one of the leading international kindergartens in Bangkok, we are firm believers that education is about more than achieving good grades. Our educators create an environment where learning is a joyful and rewarding experience that maintains the integrity of each child’s imagination and natural curiosity. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to foster a sense of wonder while engaging in the world that surrounds us, equipping students with a foundation for future success.

Conveniently located on our campus next to Central Rama 2, our innovative preschool and kindergarten also benefits from having access to all the modern facilities and subject expert teachers that form the foundation of the Primary Years Program and beyond.

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Science Experiment

Setting the Foundation for Educational Success

BASIS International School Bangkok believes creating a love for learning as early as possible for a child leads to future academic and lifelong success. The BASIS Curriculum Early Learning Program caters to three, four and five-year-old’s (PreK1, PreK2 and Kindergarten) and encompasses a wide range of subjects that are sure to fascinate and engage young minds.

Our proven curriculum has been carefully designed and refined to stimulate a child’s curiosity and nurture a passion for learning. Our school days are divided into 25 or 30-minute learning blocks which allow children the opportunity to build robust social skills, unravel math concepts, expression through art and more.

BASIS International Preschool - Expert Educators

Our Pre-School and Kindergarteners are taught by teachers who are experts in early childhood education and understand the developmental needs of children in that age group.

Each classroom has two teachers – an Early Education Teacher and a Teaching Fellow, both of whom have education degrees. This co-teaching model allows for our teachers to offer focused attention to each student allowing for each student to develop the foundational skills necessary to move on to the next phase of their educational journey.

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Developing Lifelong Learners

The Early Learning Program fosters exposure to a thematic, hands-on, comprehensive, and content-rich curriculum. We call this vibrant curriculum our Discovery Blocks of Learning. It creates a blueprint for children to not only transition with ease to kindergarten, but also to become enthusiastic lifelong learners.

The Early Learning Program also prepares students for the scenario-based, Connections learning that occurs in the Primary Program. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to foster a sense of wonder while engaging in their larger environment, equipping students with a foundation for future success.