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.
The workload can add to about six hours of homework. If we come home from school at 4 and start right away we can end at 10 and hope for a good night's sleep. However, that prevents any extracurricular and if you do, then you're easily up until 12
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.