This is a highly competitive school. Students will do whatever needs to be done to succeed. Theft is prominent as calculators lost, usually remain so. Digging out of lunch bins is not uncommon. In general, good kids but theft does occur.
BASIS, the human experiment- While there are pros and cons to all schools, the cons here are grave. Parents thinking of attending, use caution. Current parents, listen to your children. Too often we hear of boastful parents saying how wonderful their children are performing and that they love the school. This is not the reality. Most students are not performing well (to school standards). What is most alarming is the psychological toll our children suffer when subjected to a high pressure environment for too long. There's no denying our educational system needs to raise standards in order to compete on a global scale. At the same time, we must not forgo the wholistic, developmental approach to nurturing the child. As a parent of a BASIS graduate and a parent who has also had to pull a child from the school, I have found BASIS to lack balance. BASIS can do better. The point I'd most like to stress is to listen to your children. If your children are happy and academically sound, you're in a good place. If your children are miserable and not performing well, reconsider your options. We are subjecting our children to a human experiment which holds such extreme outcomes (both positive and negative). Is it worth it? How?. After graduating, most students do not get admitted to their top choice school. BASIS encourages students to apply to prestigious universities to boost their marketing. Only when the students who have performed so well, mastering all APs and coursework do not get accepted to their first pick school or significant scholarship award do we say it may not have been worth it. We are now paying upwards of $50,000 per year at a private university. BASIS administration and faculty highly encouraged this and frowned upon in-state schools. In state schools are bad for BASIS marketing. Now, we as parents sit and reflect on whether the experiment will play to our advantage. If anything, I give you something to think about. Yes, my rating is bad. BASIS ignores critical areas which require little effort to improve. Many teachers lack skills to teach students higher level concepts. Administration lacks educational leadership credentials and therefore is merely HR for faculty and not a guiding body. Corporate prefers one who can litigate to lead a school rather than one who can inspire. Advocate for your children- always.
I have a 7th grader at Basis Peoria and he loves it! He is the type of person that has always shown his love for learning and thrives in this environment. He had it tough the first half of last year because he started as a 6th grader and had to catch up. But after Christmas break, the Basis way just "clicked" and he has done great. He made 90's club again, and he has hardly any homework because he manages his time well and gets it done at school. Another Basis taught benefit....time management! This year, I had a 5th grader start. He is not one to love academics, at least that was how he was at his old school. At Basis his effort is amazing. He has test anxiety and one of his teachers called me personally to express concern because his test scores were sub-par, but homework and class work were excellent. We set an appointment and met with 3 of the deans and they truly cared. Ms. Shtull even interviewed all of my sons' teachers and I was amazed at how well she knew my son. She offered him a permanent pass to see her whenever he felt overwhelmed or anxious. They are working with him to diminish test anxiety and help him succeed at Basis. 1st grading period just ended and my son had an 89%!!!! After the way he performed at his district school, I was going to be happy with a 70% average. At his old school, he would turn in assignments a month late (one day late unacceptable at Basis) and he just floated through the school year. I think his actions reflected the leadership of his teacher, she didn't care, he didn't care. Not at Basis. I have seen a complete turn around in my son. He takes pride in his work, loves his teachers and loves the actual curriculum. Yes, the homework load is tough right now. Some days we do 2-3 hours, but he still has time for extra-curriculars. And it will progressively be less homework time as he adjusts. He had to "catch up" in traditional math. He was drawing boxes for division that he learned at his old school. It is already getting better, and I know that magic moment is coming after break where it will just "click" for him, like it did for his brother. Basis is nothing short of amazing. The dedication of the staff and teachers, in addition to an awesome curriculum, and a vast amount of extra-curricular activities makes this one awesome school. This is one happy mama!!
I have read many of the following posts, and feel I need to voice our gratitude to the administration and teachers at Basis Peoria. Our son was recently hospitalized for two weeks. The administration and teachers at Basis Peoria have gone out of their way to help our son catch up with the work he missed. They made us feel comfortable and assured us that he would be just fine at Basis Peoria. I'm so grateful for the enduring support we received from all the staff at Basis. It's hard for me to believe that anyone would knock such a great school. When we needed their help, they were ALL there for us. I would say Basis Peoria is a top-notch institution with great administration and amazing teachers! I am forever grateful for their support when we needed them the most. Also, our child loves his school. He doesn't get all As and struggles from time-to-time, but support is available at this fine school. This school is so amazing! I can't wait to get my younger child into Basis Peoria. I trust Basis administration and the teachers at this school.
I switched (very reluctantly) last year in 8th grade (which is a terrible year to start). My only problem with this school is that half the teachers are amazing and the other half have no clue what they're doing. My joy for learning has been taken away by having it ruined by boring forty minute videos that don't teach anything and the workload given. Teachers claim they don't give much homework, but added up it prevents from kids pursuing extracurricular activities. I've had to quit many things just to keep up with my academics and the administration is just terrible. They don't care about major issues but God forbid you have your phone out afterschool to call your parents. The organization is messy and this school wasn't even prepared for the start of the school year. It was an absolute mess the first month. This school has no idea what they're doing, with everyone just winging it. The curriculum itself is very easy but if they could just teach properly and ease off the workload a bit, maybe we could pursue other interests that don't have to do with academics. The office and lunch staff could use some new staff because they are all very rude, forcing us all outside in 110 degree weather, even if you're just doing work. Great school with major staff flaws.