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.
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.
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!
I feel that the school is providing a great environment that my daughter is thriving in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Basis Phoenix is highly academic and wonderful, it keeps the kids on track and they really work hard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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