The BASIS Curriculum in grades 5–7 is one of the most advanced and comprehensive middle school programs available in the world. It continues to help students develop academic and organizational skills that prepare them for the demanding courses offered in grades 8–12.
Students in grades 5–7 move to a different class and teacher every 50 minutes. In each class, students learn different strategies to help them adopt the responsibility and autonomy of a true BASIS Curriculum student. We realize that organization, time-management, and responsibility for one’s education are not necessarily innate – young people must learn these through consistent practice and with support from their teachers and peers.
Our 5–7 curriculum introduces students to major concepts and skills that they will utilize first in interdisciplinary courses such as Classics, Human Geography, Introduction to Science, and Engineering & Technology, then in specific courses such as Physics and World History, and later in their AP courses. Students revisit these concepts often in an integrated “spiral” of increasing depth and complexity.
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. In this progression, students master this material by the time they enroll in AP courses.