The amount if homework for a 5th grader is huge. It is not true that the average time is 2.5 hours. The student who tries really hard and is successful seats with his homework whole evening till 9::00 p.m. There is no differentiation in homework for the average student and the one who is in the top 5% of the grade level. Before choosing this school for your
child, please consider this first.
I have been very impressed in how my daughter is continuing to develop a sense of responsibility about her school work. We started here in the 4th grade and have had nothing but great experiences with the teachers and staff. - parent of a 5th grade student
Teaching should be done in class room rather than giving the topics to kids and ask them to learn themselves or ask them to get the helps from their parents. Also it is very important to intimate the parents if the kid is not performing well in the class as soon as once they notice it. Overall the teachers and administrators don't understand the change happening to the kids physically or mentally. I noticed many intelligent and bright kids were lost their happiness in Basis and they are in the stage of getting spoiled because of the attitude of the teachers/administrators.
My children both have had great experiences with teachers who are genuinely interested in the subject matter and the sharing of knowledge. Even in subjects that they are their "favorites", their teachers were still favored.
I am a current student at BASIS Ahwatukee and I'm very happy with the teachers at this school. I started at BASIS when the school initially opened in 2013 because my parents had heard such wonderful comments about the school. Yes, the curriculum is challenging, yet each teacher has always been available for tutoring after school and even during lunch. My Honors English Literature teacher, Ms.Myers is amazing. She helped me when I was struggling with my Shakespeare analysis. She also brought in a former Shakespearian actor, who grew up performing at the Globe Theatre in London, as a guest speaker. This was such an amazing, yet challenging class.
Overall, the teachers at BASIS Ahwatukee genuinely care about their students and it shows. Some, like Ms. Myers, are more creative and enthusiastic than others, however, the diversity among teachers is essential to the different styles of learning.
In addition to the classes at BASIS, there are amazing clubs and sports that students can participate in, as well as an incredible drama and music program, all organized and led by the teachers. I feel prepared for next year's exams and courses because of the dedication shown by the teaching staff at BASIS Ahwatukee.
If you're looking for an easy ride and mediocrity, BASIS is not the school for you. If you want to be challenged in a creative classroom environment, BASIS should be your first choice. The classes are small, each teacher knows every student by name, and they are experts in their subject matter. They will not spoon feed you. You have to put forth the effort and do the work that's required, which isn't for everyone. I wanted to be challenged in a learning environment among peers who have a drive for success. That's what defines BASIS Ahwatukee and I'm so glad I'm here.
The upper school teachers, except for the chemistry teacher, don't even know what they're teaching. The physics and biology teachers don't teach most of the topics that are on the pre comps and comps. Our grade last year had to cram photosynthesis and cellular respiration one week for the pre comps. And we learned more on physics tests than from the physics teacher. The English teachers are also very rude and passive aggressive. If they don't like you, then they're not going to be shy about it. The AP World History teacher doesn't even teach, he just tells students his life story in class . The economics teacher is a good teacher but he also shows favoritism. The chemistry teacher and the Spanish teacher are the only 2 great teachers in upper school. They genuinely care about their students and they're willing to help them too. They teach and prepare their students really well for the pre comps and comps. This comment is from a former student at BASIS Ahwatukee who has now left.
The teachers, especially upper school teachers, are ineffective teachers who show immense favoritism and most of them don't even know what they're teaching or how to teach. The upper school chemistry and Spanish teachers are the only great teachers in upper school.