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Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
April 14, 2014
all day

End of GP5 (6th and 7th Grade)
May 22, 2014
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End of Trimester 3 (Upper School)
May 22, 2014
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Memorial Day Break (NO SCHOOL)
May 23, 2014
all day

Review Week (Grades 6 - 9)
May 27, 2014
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BASIS in the Media


BASIS Charter Schools, recognized as among the very best in both US and international rankings, offer students the opportunity of their lifetimes. “I am involved with BASIS because I know it employs a model that works. With these fundamentals in place, the BASIS Schools have achieved phenomenal results.”
Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman and President of BASIS Board of Directors, retired Chairman & CEO of Intel Corporation






410 8th Street NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20004 Phone: (202) 393-5437 Fax: (202) 393-5438

BASIS DC opened in 2012 to Grades 5-8 in a beautiful school near the National Portrait Gallery. BASIS DC will add a grade each year until expanding to serve Grades 5-12, mirroring the design of our nationally ranked sister campuses.  In the heart of our nation’s capital, BASIS DC provides an unparalleled, enriching community where students work hard to pursue genuine understanding.

The BASIS DC Lower School focuses on establishing the deep knowledge base necessary to prepare for the rigorous demands of our college-preparatory curriculum.  Lower School students master the foundations of language, math, and science by taking courses like Latin, chemistry, biology, and physics as distinct disciplines.  By seventh grade, students begin studying a second language and are exposed to principles of formal logic to bolster critical thinking and problem-solving skills at an early age.

The BASIS Upper School, beginning in eighth grade, is consistently ranked in the Top 10 high school programs in the country by U.S. News, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. Upper School students take Honors and Advance Placement courses across the academic spectrum. By mastering a wide array of material, graduates of the BASIS DC Upper School will establish themselves as prime candidates for the most selective institutions of higher learning and go on to become advanced scholars, professionals, and lifelong learners.  For more details, visit the curriculum tab.



Since joining BASIS Schools, I’ve worn the hat of an English teacher, college counselor, Upper School director, and, for the last 18 months, Head of School at BASIS Oro Valley. There I saw a school grow quickly from an empty lot to a home for its first class of graduates. Together with many others, we learned valuable lessons from establishing a record of success and I look forward to bringing them to BASIS DC.

Through these adventures, I’ve seen firsthand how the BASIS curriculum can affect the lives of people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience world-class education. The students at BASIS DC are hungry to make their mark and join the thousands in the BASIS network who demonstrate daily that hard work paired with rigorous expectation can produce the highest levels of academic and professional excellence. I am honored to be welcomed to this team for our second year.

We will show the world that students in the District of Columbia have everything it takes to excel. BASIS DC partners with families from every major zip code, ONE SCHOOL for ONE CITY, creating an intense and rich culture of experiences, challenges, and stories. We enter our next chapter with new goals, new grade levels, new programs (including our first AP courses) and new dedication to a school truly unlike any other.

The BASIS curriculum has incredible power and our unique community shares the ambitious responsibility of its rapid implementation. Our students deserve the best we can offer, and I’m excited to develop relationships with all our DC teachers and families inspired by that vision. I have only recently called our nation’s capital my home, but on behalf of all of us here, welcome to BASIS DC and we look forward to meeting you.

Sean Aiken
Head of School