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Primary School Teaching

A Better Approach to Primary School Teaching

Here are a few of the key components that make the BASIS Curriculum for primary schools so revolutionary:

  • Our teaching model places two teachers in the classroom, and we make sure to properly prepare students for the challenges of our secondary school curriculum.
  • In each classroom for grades 1–4, instruction is conducted by both a Subject Expert Teacher (SET) and a Learning Expert Teacher (LET).
  • Primary students walk from subject to subject between classes as they would in a typical middle school.
  • BASIS charter school results speak for themselves: our students excel, and our teachers love their jobs.

Subject Expert Teacher (SET)

As a SET, you will:

  • Spend your time and energy on the one subject you are most knowledgeable and passionate about – preparing one subject-focused lesson for each grade rather than four or five lessons every day.
  • While driven by the BASIS Curriculum, SETs are given the freedom to do what they do best: inspire a love of learning in every child.

Learning Expert Teacher (LET)

As a LET, you will:

  • Work with one section (maximum of 30 students) and travel with your class from subject to subject, guiding them through the school day.
  • Have time to focus on highly individualized learning strategies, parent communication, and assisting with classroom management while leaving subject lesson preparation to a SET.
  • Analyze student achievement and teach them the skills necessary for academic and personal development, including study and organizational habits, critical thinking, and social norms.

Training for New BASIS.ed Teachers

As a new BASIS.ed teacher, you'll receive:

  • Intensive training in the summer before you attend our BASIS.ed Institute. There you'll learn about the innovative BASIS Curriculum and how BASIS charter schools inspire—and achieve—academic excellence.
  • Peer-mentoring lead by seasoned teachers and on-site managers.
  • Opportunities to collaborate and share best practices through our social network, BASIS.ed Connect.

Thoughts from our teachers

The culture at BASIS.ed allows me to optimize my teaching time. With the support of the LET (learning expert teacher), I feel that I can get the most out of every minute of class time. And I feel like I'm really TEACHING.

Donna Merchant
Subject Expert Teacher

I worked in a public school for five years, and left because I felt frustrated I was told to do things in my classroom that I did not feel were the best use of my students' precious time. Today, my students are fully engaged in learning from bell to bell.

Alison Sterling
Learning Expert Teacher