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.
When I listen to my sons and their friends discussing Minecraft in the context of what they are learning at school, I am amazed by what they are learning. Physics, Chemistry, Ancient History, Latin.... everything they are learning pops out of them in everyday conversation. Their teachers are inspiring them and making lessons memorable.
If organized, it's really not too much. There's always one day a week when there are team practices, and no dinner plan and we're flying by the seat of our pants to get it all done, but it's not an oppressive amount, and the whole family is encouraged to be organized. It's good for everyone, and my three Basis students all get plenty of sleep and good grades.
The school does a great job of communicating goals to the students and making the educational journey one that is exciting to be on. Even with heavy study demands, the kids tend to understand that the ends justify the means. In my experience, they love what they are learning, and get excited when they can reference their lessons in out-of-school situations and understanding history and relating it to pop-culture. The majority of kids don't want to quit.
This is the first school our son has not been bullied for being himself... a science loving, chemistry-chart spouting, black-hole theorizing fanatic. His friends are multicultural which gives him a global outlook through their family customs, and he learns fairness in sports and team activities.
I have two children at Basis Phoenix. They have completely different learning styles, but they are both achieving fantastic results. They are inspired by their teachers who teach huge amounts of information and many manage to entertain as well. The list of extracurriculars is longer than any other school we've attended (5 in total) so there is something for everyone. The homework is not any more than other charter schools and Basis teaches organizational skills so that the kids can study independently. The Head of School is friendly, approachable and is clearly passionate about her role as ambassador of education. The whole campus is a reflection of her positive attitude. Go Basis!
This is a wonderful school
However it is not for every child
The teachers are great and dedicated
The principal is wonderful and knowledgable
Our children are very happy here
It is a lot of work and discipline but it is the way a great school should be