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Oro Valley, AZ

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11155 N. Oracle Road
Oro Valley, AZ 85737

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(520) 308-5220
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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
September 27, 2015
It's hard to rate "teachers" on this question b/c there is a wide range of talent at the school. Some teachers are fantastic, whereas some are just OK. Some teachers are hyper-defensive when parents make inquiries. Between the defensiveness and the pompousness, it makes it hard to develop a cooperative relationship between parents and teachers. Part of the defensiveness happens because the parents at the school are highly involved and sometimes over-the-top in terms of what they expect out of teachers. This cultivates that defensiveness when it isn't always merited.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
September 27, 2015
This school recently changed the amount of homework assigned in the elementary school, which was sorely needed. To the school's credit, the homework policies were finally brought closer to recommended standards based on research. In some grades, they still exceed those recommendations, but for the most part, the current amounts are very manageable. Before the school reduced the amount, it should be noted that the homework would be more manageable at the outset if teachers were clear about expectations and due dates (i.e., put them on the homework sheets). The school doesn't believe in putting grades or assignments online (to teach kids responsibility). That leads to quite a bit of confusion over what is due when. The teachers seem to be unaware that some kids aren't oral learners. Many people are visual learners, hence it helps to put information in writing or on the board. Most information is supposed to be put in kids' communication journals. But elementary kids are often not quite up to the task. All in all, the homework levels are appropriate now.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Neutral
September 27, 2015
There could be more oversight on the playground when kids are mean to each other. Actions speak louder than words. BASIS may get the words right, but they are not as proactive as they could be when it comes to peer-to-peer character building. When a child tells teachers on the playground about mean things students have done, things should be investigated. School is about character building as well as learning facts. A speech here and there doesn't build kids' character.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2015
The benefit of BASIS is the curriculum, including PE, drama, and Mandarin. The down sides are the lack of communication by staff (e.g., clear supply lists at the beginning of the year), frequent miscommunication and mistakes in emails/newsletters (e.g., event times change at the last minute), and negative emphasis on school work. The framework of grading is a punitive style in which infractions are emphasized rather than acknowledging or celebrating when students do something correctly or creatively. The school recently got rid of the fourth grade "learning expert teachers,” which suggests that nurturing of *all* students isn't a priority. Many kids still need help in 4th grade in terms of organization and responsibility. In addition, the school failed to put playground equipment in the school yard. There are some imagination blocks over which the kids fight and some balls to play four square, but there are long lines for those who want to play that. Starting in 1st grade, kids move classroom to classroom between subjects. This movement is great for kids because it gives them a mental break in-between classes. For kids who are movers especially, this transition period is quite beneficial. Given the uninspiring Common Core materials used at other schools, this school is probably the best option around. There are many projects in school that are innovative.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Neutral
September 24, 2015
There is a sense of "Gotcha!" rather than admitting it when teachers have made mistakes on homework and testing (including failing to record homework grades). The staff and teachers talk about "responsibility," but they themselves are unwilling to admit when they have made mistakes. This causes resentment among students and parents. In addition, some parents help their kids cheat on homework, even in elementary school! It's a competitive school, so it may not be surprising that some hover parents have shown their kids how to cheat on elementary homework. I don't know what the school can really do about that though unless parents and their kids are caught in the act.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Disagree
September 07, 2015
This school teaches kids that no matter whether or not they follow the rules, there will be some authority who will capriciously change his/her mind and then penalize kids for not having the prescience to have predicted the change.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Disagree
September 07, 2015
The school doesn't build respect when it focuses on ticky tacky rules rather than focus on important rules. The syllabi are lists of what NOT to do, down to the last doting of an "i." Being constantly bogged down in minutiae means that kids don't get the big picture about what's important. It's hard to respect a focus on the trivial.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2015
I don't know. It's all good, but the math homework (if you have to do all thirty problems) and the reading homework is really a hassle. There's too much of it!

- submitted by a student

June 16, 2015
This school only wants to deal with a specific type of child, and unfortunately my son was not that type. I say unfortunately because I do believe Basis offers a superior education. From the first year I put my son in, I was bullied and harassed. They would ask me if I was sure I wanted to send my son there (he did get poor grades), but the worst was them asking me what was wrong with him. Did he have ADHD? Was he autistic? They even called CPS on me, they said because it was troubling that i had a job that involved shift work, and even tho he was of age, there were times he was alone. Needless to say the case was closed in 5 min, but the stress was horrible. What had I done wrong, other than wanting the best education for my child? Not one teacher or councilor was supportive or helpful. I just recently had my son tested, and have discovered while he is in the 1percentile (gifted) his processing speed is in the bottom percentile. The Dr called it noteworthy and striking. What this means is that my son was not too stupid or too lazy to succeed at this school, but there would have had to have been some compassion and some effort to work with him. Not punish him.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2014
All in all, I estimated $3561 was the cost of my child attending Basis Oro Valley (in addition to costs associated with public school) with minimal extracurricular participation and one day a week of Late Bird (after school care). Public school costs would be things like school clothes and supplies and weren't included in the figure. The largest expenses were Late Bird ($90+/mo), hot/sack lunches and snacks ($105/mo) and transportation/gas for 94 miles a week ($56/mo). If you're an upper middle class family (as many Oro Valley households are) then these costs aren't a big deal. If, however, you're a single-income household with three kids - these expenses are something to consider. It was obnoxious being harassed all year long to contribute to a teacher fund when getting through to a teacher meant taking time off from work to catch them during their "appointment" hours and nothing seemed to be accomplished during these meetings anyway. Some teachers have email and some never check it. It's a great education, don't get me wrong... but it aint easy and it aint free.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2014
World class education for FREE Lunch days, I love the support my student gets I would love to have more vendors so lunch can be every day!

- submitted by a parent

February 16, 2014
I am a former teacher of Basis Oro Valley who moved on to experience teaching at other schools. Students, never doubt that you are in the right place. The education students receive at Basis schools is leaps and bounds beyond what passes as education at other schools. Yes, it seems hard sometimes. Yes, it is a lot of work, but nothing of value comes easy--nor should it. You are not only learning high-level content that will help you to achieve your dreams, but you are also learning the discipline that will help you achieve those dreams. During my time there, I told my students that discipline triumphs smarts. Pay attention and do your best at Basis; you'll have both the discipline and smarts. Good luck.

- submitted by a community member

August 19, 2013
I am a 9th grade student at BASIS Oro Valley and have been going here since 6th grade when it first opened. Although I like this school for the great education I am receiving, I am constantly stressed and there is way too much homework. It is only the 3rd week of school and I am already staying up late drowning in homework.

- submitted by a community member

July 16, 2013
My son is entering his third year, (9th) grade, at Basis Oro Valley, and I am thankful that he has the opportunity to attend this excellent school. Basis is a no nonsense, high achieving, academically challenging school, and so far it has been a very good fit for my son. He is getting the education I wish I had been offered. The teachers are experts in their fields, and are able to make the classes exciting and interesting. My son who used to come home and say school was "okay" or "fine", now tells me stories about his adventures. He has completed an AP World History course, and has achieved a score that is considered by most colleges as a course credit, which will save me $$$. I look forward to continuing the adventure. Thank you Basis!!!

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2013
My son is in 5th grade at Basis and I have been very pleased with the school. The curriculum is challenging and the homework is excessive at certain times but the learning is great. My child loves the verity of subjects offered and the school dynamics but sometimes the 3 hours of homework and studying becomes stressful. He has learned a lot this year, probably more than the three years at Sonoran Science Academy combined. It is not for everyone but the principals and teachers are very supportive and are willing to accommodate any child. There are student hours for every subject and you never feel like the child is alone. I highly recommend this school for kids that want a challenge and are bored at their schools.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2013
Basis has a wonderful curriculum, however the new principals are inexperienced which makes parents uneasy. The safety procedures are inconsistent and loose in nature which is essential to a successful school.

- submitted by a parent

December 21, 2012
I entered BASIS in the 7th grade. I am a high-on-academics student, but this school was very difficult. It seemed as if I did nothing but homework. There was no "study hall" at all. Believe me, the staff and students there are just amazing, kind, and considerate, but I was very stressed from work. I tried to continue to achieve my 4.0 GPA, but I was struggling to keep making the grades. It was hard to obtain good, solid A's.

- submitted by a community member

June 20, 2012
This is a hard school, but if your child likes a challenge. This is for them. BASIS Oro Valley offers high school courses for middle school, and high school. The school is 5th grade to 12th grade, so they will stay a while. Since, there is a lot of students, BASIS divides 5th though 7th as "Lower School", and 8th though 12th is considered "Upper School." This school is a very clean school, and it's location is very safe. Please consider your child enrolling into BASIS Oro Valley, if they exceed the standards of public schools.

- submitted by a community member
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BASIS Oro Valley
11155 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ  85737
(520) 308-5220
Last modified BASIS Oro Valley is a Charter school that serves grades 5-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
BASIS Oro Valley Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top