BASIS is an amazing program if your student is willing to put in the effort. You automatically build a relationship with your teachers, but after 4 years (5th-8th) I feel that there is no need to be doing overly vigorous material. I recommend going to a regular school and excelling. If you seek severe challenge, this is a grade A school for you!
I entered BASIS Peoria as a sophomore three years ago. The first year was rough - I had always been an A student, but had a very difficult time adjusting to such a grueling environment. Now, as a recent graduate, I have no regrets about deciding to stick with BASIS. This last year I was accepted into schools I had previously thought would be impossible for me to get into, and was awarded more scholarship money than I ever thought I would get. Beyond that, through the opportunities I was offered at BASIS, I truly believe I was able to explore (as fully as any high school student can) what I believe has become my life's passion. I had the privilege of learning under phenomenal teachers - people who are not only passionate about their discipline, but are passionate about teaching it as well. I can't even tell you how many extra hours these teachers put into their work for the sake of their students' success. The school is not for everyone, and I admit it does have its problems - but staff/faculty apathy or indifference was not, in my experience, one of them, as some other reviews might suggest. Many students might feel suffocated by the amount of work they receive or believe that the school limits creativity in important ways. The key to success at this school lies in student initiative: the staff and faculty really appreciate students that ask questions, are involved in and out of the classroom, and regularly go above and beyond what is required or asked of them. Don't be afraid to be the student that sticks around after class to geek out with his teacher about the assigned reading. The curriculum is not only advanced, but extremely thorough - but again, because of the accelerated nature of the curriculum, students are held entirely responsible for making sure they don't fall behind, which is something that some parents might struggle with. If the student is struggling, it's expected that the student will be the one to take care of it - not his parent. Still, the admin was always very receptive to my parents' concerns and my parents were always involved in my academic life. Again, the school is not for everyone, but if you are truly passionate about learning and know how to manage your time wisely, you will find success at this school. But then again, if you're truly passionate about learning, a bad grade won't be what drives you away from a school like BASIS.
My kid has always been in the top 3% - 5% of her class and I was very glad that she had an opportunity to join Basis. Since she started, I see so much stress in her life with school and a lot of pressure on me to help her keep up with the homework, it makes me cry. I love my child and it breaks my heart to see her lose her faith and feel like she is not bright. I hope I have not damaged here for life. The materials they cover is top notch. Most college kids would fail a test they give 5-8th graders but they are expected to be adults from the 5th grade. It is not the school for my child but if you have a computer for a child, then this is the best place in the country for your kids.
This school is amazing. If you want to have a good future (educational wise), this is the school for you. I ,personally as a student, am also overwhelmed. HW for every subject (7-9), can be very stressful. And on top of that, there is nightly studying, also. But hopefully, it pays off in the end. BASIS is one of the best schools in Arizona, and as seen on the news, in the nation. Highly suggested school for willing, intelligent students.
I'm a parent with 2 kids here for 3 years. We stay because the curriculum is incredibly advanced. Yet, I don't believe the staff or teachers care at all about these students. Zero. Most teachers are arrogant millennials who may have recent degrees in their subjects, but most have little to no-teaching experience. Truth is, with their lack of certification, they can't get better paying jobs with benefits at public schools. Many seem to enjoy driving these high performing kids to their breaking points. The kids are elite, not the teachers. It's funny to read the comments on parent being un-involved. It's the most un-welcoming place. We have tried repeatedly to be involved, but it s closed. Also, we work, and parent meetings are held mid-day Mon-Fri. This is not a community school, and it doesn t operate like one. We pray the misery will be worth it for our kids in their adult lives. It s right for some kids, but not most.
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.
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.
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.
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.