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5-12
Public charter
Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 720
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11850 N. 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85028

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(602) 595-9870
(602) 595-9820
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December 10, 2014
This is a review for the new Basis Phoenix elementary school on Central. Since they don't have their own page, I will review it here. The school is located in a high rise glass building between Central and 3rd street just south of Indian School Rd. This is it's first year. The school is located on the first 3 floors. The parking garage was made into playground. It lacks a cafeteria, library, computer lab, science lab, and gym. They have a respiratory therapist who functions like a school nurse. They have computer carts that are used to substitute for a formal computer lab. Hot meals are not available since there is no cafeteria; students are required to bring their lunch. Kindergarten is an additonal $3600 if you choose to attend full day.. Spanish is not offered K-5; Mandarin Chinese is required during these grades. Martial arts is offered twice a week during the gym period (30 min) each week. The teachers didn't appear particularly friendly in our view. During our tour, none of the teachers introduced themselves or approached us. The academics seemed exceptional and there are a lot of assigned homework in workbooks. We felt this school would not be a good fit for our child.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2014
This school is fairly new in the Basis system, and although Basis Scottsdale and Tucson are ranked highly, this one is too new for that. Kind of riding the coat tails. Our experience is that the administration is extremely disorganized and inexperienced. Many people in charge are over their head and seem to lack leadership and common management skills. The school community is lacking too. Yes education is utmost, but also school is a community, and this school doesn't try to foster that at all. I'm not sure that this Basis Phx and any of the news ones will ever match up to Tucson and Scottsdale. Some of the teachers are excellent and some are terrible, but again, there seems to be no quality control in place to monitor teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2014
This school is terrible. I'm all for getting a good education and learning. But the problem with Basis schools is they teach simply by just forcing their students to memorize a bunch of information that will be lost after they pass the test. They make learning something you dread. Learning should be fun. It should be taught in a way where students desire to come to school every day, eager to learn new material. At Basis this is not the case. Basis is more like a prison than a school. The homework load is way over the top. Basis has caused not only me, but so many other students overwhelming amounts of stress, low self esteem and depression. That is not ok. That is absolutely unacceptable for a school to cause a student to feel that way. Basis is also not a very friendly school either. Most of the people that work in the office are very harsh and often rude to students; this causes students to literally be afraid of some of the people that work in the offices. Also, a lot of teachers here can't teach at all. Sure they may be "experts" in their field but you have to be able to know how to teach children. I am very unhappy at this school and can't wait to leave.

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2014
I am currently a freshman at Basis Phoenix. While the work may be tough, the teachers are amazing at explaining it all in a concise and easy to understand method making difficult topics more understandable. As for the students, the rigorous courses don't cut into fun as much as you would normally think. The smaller size of the student body leads to a closer and more personal interconnected web of friendship. The teachers, while not educated in a teaching degree, know wonders on their subjects and are incredibly dedicated and kind. It isn't very focused on extracurriculars and sports, but it is an amazing opportunity. The simple truth of the matter is, the people are wonderful and the morale is good, it simply takes a lot of hard work to make it here. I would recommend Basis Phoenix for anybody who loves to learn and is prepared for a couple hours of homework each night.

- submitted by a community member
July 03, 2014
Basis Charter Schools are highly controversial. US NEWS places their high schools in the top 10, other educators strongly criticize them. BASIS has an almost missionary-like zeal for its educational method: HARD WORK: pour all resources into teaching, and demand two to four times as much effort from students as typical of public schools. No frills here, no computers nor even a library, no big play fields and very modest sports and extracurricular programs, who has time when taking all those serious courses? The serious student will do best here; others will transfer to high schools with more leisure time. The relative few who stay with it are well above the freshmen college level. The staff is dedicated to helping every student, but that may mean staying after school every night getting tutoring if the student is having difficulty learning. Teachers are expert in their subjects, but can vary in their ability to teach them; the teacher's are not drawn solely from those with teaching degrees. Teachers are paid more, and more is expected from them. Some areas are still turning over teachers, others have great ones. BASIS is good for the serious student. AP tests: tough!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
Coming from a private school experience with all three of our children, Basis is like getting a private school experience for free! The teachers are dedicated to the students success, and if help is needed they are there at every turn! There is a healthy, positive, peer pressure to do well academically and extra-curricular activities are available in every category! We are so thankful for this opportunity to truly prepare our child for the college experience and success not only academically, but in the real world!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
We moved our daughter to Basis Phoenix after 6th grade in the public school system. It was like switching on a light for her as she finally became part of a school where she felt comfortable, competitive and challenged. Yes, the curriculum is rigorous and difficult, and it helps immensely to have a self driven child who enjoys school, however, Basis is set up to help your child to succeed. There is an optional training during the summer to help prepare kids to know what to expect and which tools are available to them. Because we moved our child to Basis in 7th grade, she was asked to attend student hours to be sure that she was not missing any building blocks for the core subjects, (and released when she showed that she did not need the extra time with her teachers). Basis emphasizes the student's "ownership" of behavior and education which has developed her confidence and responsibility. It is also important to recognize that, although highly academic, the students have more choices than imaginable for extra-curricular activities and clubs. The greatest reward has been hearing our daughter say, "I'm so happy that they teach me what I don't know instead of what I already know!"

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
My child joined Basis after an unsatisfactory experience with a nearby comprehensive gifted program. Basis offers an exceptional curriculum. Basis also encourages the student to be independent and responsible. The administration is supportive of the students. However, Basis, with its advanced programs, fast pace, and heavy homework load, is not a good fit for every student and their families. It does not have some of the luxuries of a traditional school. There is no library, no cafeteria, no sports facilities, and no cheer leading. What it provides, instead, is an unmatched college preparatory program in this country. And it does this on a shoe-string budget. Well done, Basis.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
This is our first year at Basis Phoenix but we are extremely satisfied and impressed with the school and staff. The school with the leadership of Principal Petra Pajatas is outstanding, very organized. We all wish Ms Pajatas will stay forever. The teachers are experts in their fields and very very dedicated to teaching. The student body is great, most if not all of these kids are already gifted or above average and they are very very motivated. Of course the school is not for every kid, there will be kids that withdraw due to the challenging curriculum, but if the kids are motivated and with great parental support, you and your kid will love this school. Our daughter was in a gifted program and she attended supposedly the best Catholic school here in the state, but nothing was impressed us until we are here at Basis Phoenix. This is the even better than any private school. Our daughter has learned not the very advanced curriculum but also learn to be independent, and many necessary skills such as leadership, organization, and most importantly she loves school and loves learning. Love it so much, that our son is coming next year and we are here for the long run.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Love this school, the teachers are great, very dedicated, Principal Ms. Petra is exceptional. We love everything about this school. Our daughter has been jumping from school to school because no school has offered what needed for her, an outstanding curriculum, dedicated teachers and very very supporting staff. Our daughter has learned so much, from organizing skills to learning habit. She enjoys every class so much and loves every subject being taught. A+++++++ for the school, I wish every school is like Basis

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
Our daughter has spent in fifth and sixth grade at BASIS Phoenix. So far her experience been wonderful. The teachers are quite remarkable in their own right, with impressive backgrounds. More importantly, they are dedicated to expanding knowledge of our kids by encouraging their curiosity. It is a well rounded school with art, music, drama, foreign language, along with math, science and language arts. The children enjoy vigorous academics while having frequent social events and dances throughout the year. What we love the most is what a great family basis has, with proud teachers who are thrilled when their students succeed. Great job basis administrators and teachers!!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
After several years of paying for a private school education, we realized our 5th grade daughter didn't seem to know some of the basics. A new BASIS school was opening up near us and we transferred her. This was one of the single best decisions we've ever made. Our daughter has a new found confidence in her academic ability. She loves going to school every day. She is no longer bogged down with ridiculous amounts of homework that she was given at her previous school (because they didn't do much teaching during the day). The quality of teaching at BASIS is SUPERB! Our daughter is learning at a much higher level but doesn't feel the pressure because the teachers make learning fun. I highly recommend this school to any parent or student who wants to receive the highest level of education. And you can't beat the price. We also transferred our older daughter who is very academically driven. She states it is the first time she has felt academically challenged. Both children have different skill sets and learning styles. But BASIS is able to be adaptable and create a love of learning that is unsurpassed.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
Moving our kids to Basis Phoenix was the best thing we could have done for them. The last two years of school at Basis Phoenix have been so much better than their past educational experiences. Aside from getting an incredible education, they have also learned responsibility and have become incredibly adept at organizing their time. At times they get their fair amount of homework, but it's never too much to handle. They have time at school during academic expansion to do some homework and the teachers offer student support on a weekly basis for any students who want more help, or who just have a question. The teachers are there to help the children learn and they are doing a fabulous job! I would recommend Basis to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
BASIS Phoenix is an excellent school, providing a rigorous curriculum and support to achieve it.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
Basis Phoenix has the best teachers in the country. They are highly motivated and eager to teach subjects about which they are truly passionate. Their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach is contagious to the kids, and the reason the students want to learn. There are great differences in teaching styles, but that enthusiasm is the commonality.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
Basis Phoenix is a gift to the under served grade school student community of Paradise valley and surrounding areas. The school has an excellent staff and is delivering very high quality, well rounded education to both my children in grades 5 & 8.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
The curriculum at Basis is outstanding. When my child started at this school I expected it would be good, due to its excellent reputation, but I had no idea how good it would be. The teachers are incredibly brilliant and talented and they've inspired my child to want to learn more and delve deeper into subjects. I am in awe of what my child has learned this year - truly amazing stuff. It does require more personal responsibility and effort on the part of each child, but they offer student support hours after school, every day, for students who need extra help. The homework has been about 1.5 hours per night during the week, which can be challenging, but is so worth it. I would highly recommend this school, as it has far exceeded my expectations. The Head of School, Petra Pajtas, is an excellent communicator, sends out weekly updates to parents, holds a monthly coffee for parents to meet with her, and she runs the school so well. Basis offers many different extracurricular activities including sports and opportunities for students to travel internationally at the end of the school year, if they choose to. I can't say enough good things about this school - it's extraordinary.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
Awesome School! Yes, there is a good amount of homework but my child generally finishes in 1-2 hours and has never stayed up til midnight. The key is to do a little every night. Teachers are excellent, it is fast-paced. Kids take responsibility for doing their own work which is awesome. Finishing 2nd year there now.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
We are so glad we made the move to Basis Phoenix! We have a 6th and an 8th grader and are continually surprised at their expanding knowledge of various subjects. The workload is not more than they can handle, and they are really learning about how to be well organized. Having an academic expansion hour is great, as they usually get their Math homework done there. We also really appreciate having posted Student Support hours where they can go for extra help before &/or after school if needed. There are a variety of extracurricular activities and sports available as well. My son participates in Debate and History Club, and my daughter is able to perform in Fall plays and Spring musicals through Drama Club. There are opportunities to volunteer through the Basis Boosters and social events and dances held throughout the year. Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
I feel that the school is providing a great environment that my daughter is thriving in.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
After much trepidation and soul searching, I enrolled my daughter in Basis. My fear was due to the staggering amount of homework I had heard the fifth graders received. The idea that she would be leaving her warm and fuzzy environment that had instilled a love of learning and was really an excellent school made the decision very difficult. My daughter was adament after attending the informational mtg x4 that this is the school she wanted to go to (and she was not an honors student). My daughter loves Basis. The teachers expect a lot from the kids but they are there for their students when grades slip by having them attend student hours. Ms. Petra Pajt s is the Head of School. She is fantastic. Excellent administration. Zero tolerance for bullying or inappropriate behavior. Extra curricular activities to meet any child's desire. Extremely happy with Basis.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2014
Doctorate degree, eh? If you can't take it, don't dish it. Giving a school four stars and explaining WHY it was given is a mature, INTELLIGENT way to handle an ADULT conversation. Waaaa? Really? Some people are trying to make one of the most important decisions in their children's lives, and they expect parents- and students for that matter- to write their honest opinion. Not an EMOTIONAL one. Whether you love it, hate it, or any feeling in between, you should be allowed to share. This website isn't just for those who post five-star ratings. Cafeterias, libraries, real science labs, advanced studies, etc, could individually make or break someone's decision. (Whether YOU think they're important or not.) maybe some parents AREN'T excited about the idea of not being able to help their children with their homework.....I'm just saying. And I have the right to say it.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
We have been at two different BASIS schools and this one is far superior - thanks to the leadership and the teachers here. For those that have negative comments about this school, there are alternatives and the homework is meant to challenge your students and help them grow, I have a doctorate degree and proudly cannot help with certain items they bring home. The teachers are extremely supportive and provide help whenever requested. This school does so much with a fraction of public schools. Really - complains there is no cafeteria - I'll take the 40% of their teachers this year with PHD's anytime that are extremely knowledgeable and send a lunch. WAAA there is no library, no instead they have opportunities that are incredible, like studying the foundations of Buddhism - talk directly to Buddhist monks over Skype. We have two students that have distinct personalities and learning styles yet thrive in the challenging and supportive environment. One of the best aspects of this BASIS is the extracurricular options as well - again due to the engaged and supportive staff and leadership. This may be a newer campus yet highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
Positives first. ALL students take AP classes/tests, high level math classes, and at least 5 years of a foreign language. They also offer a bit of teacher support before and/or after school for struggling students. The students are all headed for college. The school is NOT strict. They're doing a lot with very little money. The instructors seem very intelligent. Negatives: the instructors may be too intelligent to teach at this level, little choice of what AP classes to take, Saxon math (spiral) too repetitive. These are bright kids. That much repetition is unnecessary. The teacher support has LOADS of students needing help. Why is that? Hmmmm. We are not first-year BASIS'. We plan to stay, but do not think this school is a 5-star. The homework load is tremendous! Although your child can have extracurriculars, he/she will constantly struggle with HW. There's no cafeteria, library or computer lab esp for before or after school use. There's a constant push for donations. I could go on, but I'd just be whining.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Best schooling system in the United States. The school instills superior curriculum, teaching and rigor at an early age which will return lasting rewards for every student

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
Basis Phoenix is highly academic and wonderful, it keeps the kids on track and they really work hard.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
This was our first year in a Basis school and my middler-schooler has absolutely blossomed! She excelled at the "traditional" school she attended prior to Basis, but it rarely required any effort. I was concerned that she wouldn't be willing to put in the work that Basis demands, just because she had never had to before. I was so happy to be wrong! She tested into Algebra II in 7th grade, even though she had never taken Algebra I or Geometry. It was a struggle, but she worked hard and wound up making an A on her comprehensive exam at the end of the year. She took pride in that, and in taking an AP-level history class, along with biology, physics, chemistry, logic / public speaking, English, Spanish, and violin. She went from being the smartest kid in her class at the old school to being just one of many smart, hard-working kids. At the same time, she formed deeper friendships than ever before, probably because she finally found kids like her who love to learn and love nerdy things like robotics and math. She's working harder than ever, making lower grades than ever, but learning faster and more thoroughly than I ever imagined was possible in a public school.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
This school is very challenging. But this also means its the best of the best. My son went in knowing this, with the right attitude. He values education and where it can take him. He hopes to go to MIT and this is a good start towards that goal. He went to a private school in North Scottsdale before, and at Basis Phoenix he is so much happier and loves his teachers. He thrives with the structure, support and organizational skills I wish I would have learned at such a young age! I HIGHLY recommend this school if your child is motivated and has the right attitude of seeing challenges as opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
My experience: AZ public schools: little homework, little challenge, easy A's. Kids more concerned with clothes, latest electronic gadgets, ect. Gifted programs: better students in the class but programs vary greatly. Some teachers are good some are not so good. Even the good ones are not proficient or don't have an interest in some subjects so they just superficially cover them. Basis has the best solution. Challenging curriculum, teachers that have degrees in their subjects Gifted students and above average students that are motivated will do fine here. The amount of homework is not that bad and the tests are not at all unreasonable. If you are use to doing very little and being spoonfed material to get an easy A, well yes it will be an adjustment. Parents need to be actively involved in their kids education. After reading a lot of BASIS reviews I believe that most of the complainers are the bottom 20% kids or parents who want the school and teachers to take care of everything and blame them when their kids are not doing well.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
BASIS Phoenix Charter School has an exceptional educational system, great leadership and an outstanding curriculum. I had my child at Rancho Solano and Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory before and I was not impressed. This school has provided not only the best academic curriculum but more than anything, it has proved to be a school wth high standards of pedagogy, which is lacking in the American educational system.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2013
I am a 5th grader At my old school, I hated it. I wasn't challenged, so I read books to teach myself interesting concepts. When these conceps came up in school, teachers would get annoyed at me for knowing the concepts already! - At BASIS, nothing like that would ever happen. At BASIS, you are challenged and taught at high levels.The student population is better in general. Sudents are nicer and accepting of the school's diverse race and religion. There has been no bullying at the school that I've observed. 5th grade students are active in a Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1, English, Science and Social Studies every day, along with Latin and Classics, Gym, Music, and Art 3 days a week. All classes are taught by experts in their subject area. Students who are falling behind are put on a program called "Student/Academic Support". This program helps lift students back up to BASIS' high standards of achivement. So if you are a student who is bored at school because it is too easy, or a parent who is noticing that the public school system is going downhill, and is looking for a school that actually teaches students what they need to learn, BASIS is the school for you. My parents are thrilled.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2012
My child goes to this school and does well but each basis school's policies vary greatly among each other. For example, different grades will have different start and end timings every year so if you have two kids in two different grades, you will have to drop and pickup at different times. I learned that this is due to lack of space for classes. Curriculum and syllabus is not that much different than other charter schools. Overall it is a great school like other competing charter schools in Arizona.

- submitted by a parent
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BASIS Phoenix
11850 N. 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ  85028
(602) 595-9870
Last modified BASIS Phoenix 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 Phoenix Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top