"BASIS provides a well-rounded, academically rigorous liberal arts education"
Students enrolled 720
Hours 7:20 AM - 3:30 PM
School leader Ashley Brown
Transportation options None
District Basis School Inc.
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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Peoria, AZ 85383

(480) 767-7696
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5 stars
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April 28, 2014
This is a great but tough school! The curriculum is really advanced and the teachers are experts on their subjects but some of them without any experience in teaching and zero tolerance, so for the kids it's a truly challenge every single day! In reference to the parent involvement it is a very little percentage of parents so involved and committed, but unfortunately the majority doesn't participate enough and remain secluded.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
BASIS is a living nightmare that has a vast number of issues. The majority of time spent in class is starting the homework that you'll be spending the entire night on. I've been a student for 2 years now and can't stand this school. If you contain self determination or if you were a hard working student, you'll be able to survive, if not your in for an unpleasant surprise. Now, you may think I'm a slacker complaining about doing work but you can't even imagine the work I've put into this school only to be pummeled by the pressure the teachers and my own parents put on me. The teachers are straight out of college with no idea how to transfer a college level curriculum so that a twelve year can understand. The majority of the staff are nice people, just clueless when it comes to teaching. Forget doing anything over the weekend because you'll be inside doing 5 classes if homework while your friends arent. So in conclusion, I highly dislike this school and would never recommend this to anyome.

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2014
We were drawn to BASIS schools based upon the reputation and achievements of the Tucson and Scottsdale schools. We are confident BASIS Peoria will garner a similar reputation in time. The curriculum is rigorous and even the brightest students work hard to get good grades. They also offer a variety of extra-curricular activities for students to engage in. We love that our son is challenged and we hope he will understand the future payoff of working hard now. We hope that BASIS Peoria will develop a way to monitor teachers in the classroom in order to help teachers effectively transfer their knowledge to the students, as not all brilliant people can teach. Like all new schools, BASIS Peoria has had some growing pains and changes in leadership. Having consistent leadersip will be key to sustaining driection and growth. We have been imvolved as parents since the school opened. We hope that more parents participate and offer support in the future. There are certainly plenty of opportunities to get involved. Overall we are pleased with our decision to place our son at this school. We have withheld the 5 star rating because we believe there is still room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
This was a great school. I left, but it really wasn't a great idea. The teachers were great, they were nice, and they new their stuff.

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2014
I love BASIS Peoria. This school is phenomenal, the teachers are great, and so is the staff. One thing you see at BASIS that you don't see at any other school is that the teachers know what they are talking about and make it there goal to help you. At BASIS it is not a sink or swim thing, if you aren't doing good the teachers will do everything they can to help you succeed.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2014
Where should I start? There are honestly quite a few MAJOR issues with this school. Don't get me wrong, it is a great school with some fatal flaws. The administration is ATROCIOUS. They take cheating rather lightly, or simply don't acknowledge it, but I was nearly suspended when some kid threatened to beat me up. Use your phone after school? Forget it. They even attempt to enforce it off campus. Fortunately, if you know what you are doing, you will never have to speak to them. Some teachers are incredibly bad at their subject. Chemistry in particular really attracts the WORST teachers. One of the teachers is absolutely amazing and the other knows nothing about chemistry. It is not uncommon for the teacher to tell you to talk to a different teacher for help. Another main issue at this school is stress and homework. I haven't slept for over 8 hours on a school day for 3 YEARS. 8th grade is awful. I basically run off caffeine and still have problems staying awake in classes. People have fainted because of lack of sleep. I don't do all that great in some classes, yet in a class like physics, we have been doing the same thing since 6th grade, so a high 90 is pretty common.

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2014
BASIS was a very helpful stepping stone to improving my time management, figuring out my priorities, and learning how to study with tactics and strategy. However, my life was so focused on school, which is not a bad thing. My meaning in this is that I was not well rounded AT ALL. I had to kill myself to maintain an average score, and the hard effort I had put in were not yielding desirably. I had to quite ALL my extracurriculars, piano lessons, taekwondo, outside art classes, all for this school. I never really experienced the joy that learning usually offered me at previous schools. For me- it is unreasonable that a student must sacrifice everything for one grade. The difficult classes are piled up. I've seen a few people in my class feel sick from stress, and a classmate of mine had fainted due to lack of sleep. I am moving, finally, to another, well balanced and exceptional school, and hopefully I will once again regain the feeling of enjoying to learn new things, something I have lost.

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2013
I am entering my third year at BASIS Peoria. I think that my school is fantastic. The curriculum is rigorous. I like that the teachers are skillfully trained in their subjects, because they can show the students their interests in the subjects. The teachers teach with hands-on labs and other out-of-the-box activities. I thoroughly enjoy my classes, because not only are the classes, in general, more advanced, but BASIS allows students to progress as quick as they like. As long as a student is ready for an advanced class, he or she can take that class. I feel that the teachers and staff look out for my individual needs, rather than teaching to the masses. Also, the extracurricular program is expansive, with activities from yearbook and volleyball to fencing and ping-pong. BASIS is not an easy school. The teachers expect ~A LOT~ out of the students. BASIS is not for everybody, but I can not imagine a better school than BASIS Peoria for me.

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2013
Basis is a great school. The kids are doing advanced math in 5th grade. They graduate with at least 6 AP credits. It isn't for everybody, but neither is Julliard. Certain schools are ideal for some kids but not others. Basis is for kids interested in truly working hard to learn as much as they can.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
I like Basis as an excellent school. The kids are challenged. They surpass the state standards by far. I strongly recommend Basis as a school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
At Basis, the children strive for greatness. They challenge each other to get higher grades, be in more advanced classes, to perform better. The "cool" kids are the smart kids. Consequently, the children achieve incredibly high test scores and incur many AP credits.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
I love Basis. The staff is friendly and really takes an interest in the children. Also the children are pushed to do well. This is why I think Basis Peoria is the best.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
Basis is one of the greatest schools. The small class size allows for individual attention, something I find amazing for my child's education. He was struggling with English, but now he is doing much better, writing and reading at a much higher level.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
Basis gives its students freedom. If enough people want to have a certain extra curricular activity or a certain class, Basis will have that class. For example, one of my children has Kenpo Karate for P.E., and my other does fencing. This freedom makes school fun for kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
We have been here for over 2 years now. We don't know what we would do without BASIS. Our kids were bored in other schools, but now they are challenged. They work hard for decent grades, but when they get A's they know that they earned them.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Basis is such a great school because the teachers are very supportive. The content is tough but the teachers always explain things very clearly. My favorite thing is having a schedule to change things around so you always can have different subjects at different times every day, instead of just doing the same thing over and over again! Basis really is an awesome school!

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2013
I think that basis is a great school for hard determined kids. At the beginning of the year I was terrified but it turned out to be a very exiting challenging adventure. I am very glad I chose Basis. You should too! :)

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2013
Could not ask for a better education for our children! Admin great to work with. Teachers are highly educated.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
This school is intense! Students have to be exceptionally gifted or exceptionally hard working. The school and its staff are not warm or friendly, and they're happy to leave kids behind. Yet, my 7th grade daughter is willing to work incredibly hard just to keep up, because she's proud she's getting a "smartest kids in the world" level education. She has big dreams.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Excellent curriculum and very intelligent students, but requires hard work and dedication. Lacks opportunity to be well rounded.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
My student is in the 3rd year at Basis and loves it. The teachers and staff are very devoted to each child's academic learning. They never fail to notice when a child needs additional help so they do not fall far behind. They offer student hours and also have peer tutors for those who need it. The administration office has an open door policy and the kids are allowed to visit head of school, lower school, upper school director's at any given time. All front office staff are very welcoming and attentive to the kids needs. The curriculum is challenging, but once a student understands the expectations, becomes organized and learns time management skills and utilizes the additional help they will thrive. Yes, there is nightly homework averaging around 2-4 hours per night sometimes less depending on your child's grade level, but they are truly being prepared for college. Doing homework now will not be a shock to them later on in life. The school offers extra curricular activities giving students the opportunity to become involved with over 30 different clubs. I would highly recommend Basis Peoria to anyone who is considering it for their child.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
As a parent, I was ecstatic when Basis Peoria opened up in my community! I had already heard so many great things about the existing Basis schools that I was elated to know that my child would now have an opportunity to attend such a wonderful school with such a fabulous reputation for academic excellence. We are just beginning our 5th grade year and we are anxiously looking forward to a fun, exciting, yet challenging year!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
My kids love going to Basis Peoria. The teachers are passionate about teaching these kids. The teachers are highly educated and experts in their subjects. My kids really admire the teachers and have a comradery with the teachers. It is definitely more challenging than their previous public school experience but in the end the are learning so much more.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
We went in search of a school with the rigor we felt needed to be instilled in our child's education. We certainly found it here. It is new for us, challenging, frustrating, fun, exciting all rolled into one ball. Some days are better than others. I hope to report back after the first year is finished to say--"We loved it and we will be back!" Now is too soon to tell, however, the staff is responsive, teachers are listening and caring (and extremely qualified in their respective fields) so we are glad to be a part of a unique situation in AZ.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
My son started Basis last year for 5th grade and although starting at this school brought big adjustments, the teachers and staff are very helpful and want the children to succeed. I like that every child at Basis is offered the opportunity to a higher education. My son struggled with leaving his old school, because his friends were there and now he tells me he is so glad he switched schools. I would highly encourage anyone considering Basis to start in the 5th grade, it really lays a strong foundation which the kids will build on.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
BASIS Peoria is a great school for my boys!!! They are thriving on the academic challenges this school provides.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
I have watched my two boys go from being bored with the public school curriculum to being excited about math and science. They come excited to tell us what they learned. Until Basis, I never thought I would have experienced that. This school has made my boys interested in learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My Daughter is in her 3rd year and she LOVES it ! She is proud and tells people all the time "I go to BASIS Peoria " The Teachers and Staff care,that is what makes the DIFFERENCE .It starts at the Head of School Mrs.Ashley Brown.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
BASIS Peoria is a top of the line school. I am so happy that my children have the previlege to attend this school. I have one child who has all the labels ADHD ODD on an IEP. He has grown, matured and stepped to the plate. The improvement of his organizational skills have blown our minds! Yes this school is tough but you will find most student will step up when challenged.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Basis Peoria has a rigorous curriculum that is designed for kids that want to devote time and energy into obtaining a great education. My student started in fifth grade and I recommend that others do as well. The structure and skills needed to succeed in the upper grades begins with 5th. The attention to teaching not only the subjects, but the skills of organization, note taking, study habits, outlining, to name a few, are started in 5th grade. Like others have said, this is not a school for unmotivated kids or parents. They do try to balance it with extracurricular activities and the Boosters (PTO) do a great job of offering fun activities to reward the kids for their hard work.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Basis Peoria raises the bar and helps the children reach it. They also recognize when a student is struggling early and provide assistance. The teachers and the staff have been great.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
One of the best schools I know and has an advanced curriculum just not found in the public school system.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2013
BASIS Peoria is an amazing school for students seeking an intellectual challenge that a regular public high school cannot give you. BASIS is lined with a rigorous curriculum challenging each student in each grade and allowing them to reach their potential knowledge level. For high-schoolers, a variety of AP courses are provided and the credits in order to graduate are incorporated into your required courses. By the time you graduate (which can be done in 11th or 12th grade, the average student will have taken around 18 - 20 AP courses! Each teacher is well qualified with at least a bachelors degree, but many have a masters or doctorate in their subject. Lastly, the student-staff ratio is fairly small. 5th grade has 30 students in each class while high school has approximately 20 in each class (some have even fewer) Such small class sizes make learning even more beneficial with one on one tutoring support narrowly tailored per student. I would recommend BASIS Peoria to any student ready for an academic challenge!!

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2013
BASIS Peoria is an amazing school. We get to be introduced to SO much material before entering college. I am very fortunate to be able to be a part of this school. I think that BASIS will help us to be better prepared for college and for life. It is a challenging school, but all challenges are rewarded eventually. We as students (and probably teachers) have learned so much at this school. I highly recommend this school for anyone looking for a fun,albeit challenging school.

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2013
What level do they teach? Is it the same as Catholic high school level? Please tell me. I heard many good opinions.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2013
BASIS Peoria is a remarkable school. They go above and beyond the standard State and District curriculum, and teach with the assumption that children will rise to whatever expectations you set for them. In 6th grade, students are taking Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Latin, Math, English, History, P.E. and an elective (Drama, Art, Music); in 8th grade, they're taking Econ and AP World History! Students need not be gifted over-achievers to attend BASIS, but they do need to be willing to try. They must learn to be organized, manage their time, pay attention and do their best. If they find themselves struggling, there are enormous amounts of resources available to help them be successful. Teachers offer small-group support, one-on-one peer tutors are available at no cost, and the administrative staff has nothing but the students' best interests at heart. This is our third year at BASIS Peoria, and although each child is different, ours have all gained more in their time here than in all of their other years combined.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
BASIS Peoria is an amazing school, filled with amazing teachers,and an amazing curriculum. I would highly recommend BASIS.

- submitted by a community member
August 31, 2013
I have heard and seen many great things about this school from a close friend with children that attend. Her children are the most well-rounded, forward-thinking kids I've ever had the pleasure to meet, and would definitely recommend the school to anyone new to the area! Education is important. This school will get you there.

- submitted by a community member
August 31, 2013
BASIS Peoria has teachers who are there to teach, students who are there to learn, and parents who are serious about their students' education. It also offers a wide variety of elective classes (including pre-law and psychology) and extracurricular activities (like robotics, fencing, chess, drama and much more). An excellent school. We need more schools like this.

- submitted by a community member
August 31, 2013
BASIS Peoria, like the other BASIS schools, is an academically rigorous school that offers a great educational opportunity for students and parents who are willing and able to work really hard. It takes a lot of discipline and dedication on the child's part to do the work. The teachers and staff are incredibly hard working, innovative, and dedicated to providing a world class education. They try to accommodate all students, but the school is definitely not for every child. My son has blossomed intellectually and socially with the BASIS curriculum. but I have seen other children really struggle and be much happier at a different style of school. I would recommend BASIS to anyone if only for a few years. The students who attend learn organizational and study skills that will stay with them the rest of their lives. They will learn how to work hard and master a concept after lots of hard work. They will learn not to give up when something is difficult. My son has learned more than just academics from BASIS. And they have the best principal that I have had the privilege of working with.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
I am very happy and pleased with Basis Peoria. The level of the education is very high and very rigorous. I have two kids going there and they both love it.. The faculty knows and loves their subject matter very well and it shows in their teaching. The admin staff is always very helpful. It's not for everyone but I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
Every student I know that attends BASIS loves to learn. That has to tell you something, right? It's refreshing to see a school that presents children with information in a way that they care about. BASIS embraces diversity in students and their individual interests, which is so, so wonderful.

- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2013
My two boys, grade 8 and 6 attend BASIS Peoria, we have been at the school since it opened. My boys are not 'gifted' but they do try hard and they are able to do well. This school is very demanding and you and your student must be willing to put in the effort to suceed. This school although very challenging is there to support the students. No other school has a student support program like this. We feel like our boys hit the jackpot with the opportunity this school has given us.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
BASIS Peoria is a very advanced school teaching colledge level courses to young scholars. Though the material that we are learning is very difficult,there are extraordinary staff and teachers that will go out of their way to help make sure that the students acheve and exceed their goals. There is never any bullying at this school and all of the teachers are nice.

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2013
There are very few places in America where a student can receive the type of education like BASIS has to offer. The faculty support is a key part of the student's success. When you raise the bar, the student will rise to the occasion. Add in the extra curricular activities, music, art, and a great parent booster club, well, you have the best recipe for success! In regards to homework, my son (7th grade) has between 45 minutes to 2 hours each evening. Some of the time spent dong his homework is dependent upon him and how well he is focused. In the beginning it was much harder because we went from having no homework to having multiple subjects. After the first grading period (during the 2012-13 year), he figured out how each instructor would like their homework done. Learning what is expected, following through and time management were key to reducing homework time. BASIS really encourages the students to take responsibility for their own education. It is such a relief to be in a place that encourages this type of self sufficiency. Thank you, BASIS, for all that you do for the students of Peoria, AZ.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
I really love my school. I think that before anyone sends their child to this school, they should know it is not for the weak at heart. Our teachers know the subjects they teach, but sometimes they teach us as if we are college students, and well, frankly, we are not! Some teachers at school really connect with their students and teach in a fun way, others not so much. We do really advanced things, honestly, I'm not trying to brag :) My grades are currently atrocious, but I am hoping to stay for next year's ninth grade and perform well. BASIS doesn't really let you maintain much activity outside the school, at least at my stand point. BASIS BECOMES the life of the student. There is nothing else. SCHOOL=LIFE Thanks for reading!

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2013
My daughter began at Basis Peoria as a 6th grader last year and is now in 7th. She consistantly tells me that it is the best decision that she ever made. She has learned far more and enjoyed every minute of it. She loves the staff and her teachers. When I was researching on this site the other Basis campuses, what I found was that people either loved or hated it. This could not be more true. It is absolutely not for everyone. If you have a self driven child their adjustment will be easy provided that they start by either 5th or 6th grade. There is no question that what the kids are exposed to at very early ages far exceeds what they will be exposed to even when compared to gifted education offerings. Weaknesses would be no use of technology, no differentiated instruction within each classroom although acceleration is available, limited creativity in teaching but teachers with vast knowledge and passion for their subject and finally class size concerns as kids move into higher grades due to high attrition.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
WOW that was alot of stress for my child, she did well in most classes but as a parent you have to be a detective to find out how your child is doing, the school doesn't want parents to be involved ... they want the kids to be responsible alone... good idea in theory but sends the wrong message to kids. She attended Basis for 1 1/2 years til I decided it was too much stress to put on a kid.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
Curriculum is rigorous but not for every child. Unfortunately the school notifies parents well into the year if your child will not be promoted to the next grade (they should tell parents earlier), this happens to many students and leaves parents scrambling to find a good school. Other good option is Peoria Traditional School K-8.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
too good. No words to say, excellent teachers and friendly staff. very challenging and i can see lots of improvement in all the subjects.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2012
What BASIS has created is quite simply the strongest free academic experience in the entire Valley for grades 5-12. The schools give teachers a great deal of autonomy in the classroom, while at the same time giving us the support we need to create a dynamic curriculum. The fact that I am able to successfully teach 6th graders using a high school textbook is astounding, to say the least, but that's just the type of culture BASIS supports. The administration at Peoria in particular is simply fantastic; I cannot say enough good things about them. If any student who graduates from BASIS attends anything other than a good four-year university, I would be shocked. And honestly, some of my high school students are talking Ivy League- and I guarantee you that those with that goal have a good shot at it, too. There are lots of activities at BASIS too- if your child is athletic or artistic, the programs are there to support them. Not to the same caliber as the academic program, of course, but the extracurriculars are there for students who wish to participate in them. My children will go here one day, and as a teacher, I can't think of a stronger recommendation than that.

- submitted by a teacher
August 24, 2012
Basis Peoria is an excellent school. The curriculum is rigorous, but the student get along well and the teacher are dedicated to encouraging a learning community. The staff is curteous and helpful. My daughter is in her second year at Basis Peoria and I am confident that she will be well prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2012
This is a tough school and there have been some first year kinks, but the growth and learning that I've seen in my son is astounding. He has not only learned more than I thought he could from school in a year, he has also stepped up and become a more responsible person. Coming in, we also had expectations of the school not being fun from other parent reviews of other BASIS schools, but we were pleasantly surprised. My son was in several after school activities on campus and had to start making tough decisions about prioritizing activities, because some were offered on the same day. In all, he stayed after for activities generally 3 days per week and still wanted to go to school an hour early almost every day to hang out with friends. He isn't involved in outside of school activities, so I cannot speak to working out that schedule. I will say, for incoming students, that organization is key. Be prepared for lots of homework, but if you manage your time well, it shouldn't be overwhelming. Be prepared to not get straight A's. If all you want from a school is A's, this is not the school for you. If instead you focus on how much you can learn, the doors of knowledge are wide open.

- submitted by a parent
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Basis Peoria
, Peoria, AZ  85383
(480) 767-7696
Last modified Basis Peoria 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 Peoria Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 53 reviews.