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Basis Ahwatukee

Charter | 4-11 | 700 students

World class education at internationally competitive levels.

 
 
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4 stars

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Posted October 21, 2014

As a parent of 2 children that attended this school, I feel that there are many short-comings. I feel that the curriculum places intense pressure on the children, for very little benefit. Both of my children were inducted into the NJHS here, doing extremely well academically. However, we decided to change their school depsite their success here. Know that should your child not pass the end of the yr comprehensive exam in any subject, they will not be permitted to pass onto the next grade-they must repeat the entire grade (not just in the subject they did not pass). Administration will allow the student to re-take the exam, once. This is not the real world and placed undue stress on middle and high school students. Do your homework before selecting this (or any BASIS) school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2014

My 5th grader goes to Basis Ahwatukee and it's been a FANTASTIC fit for her. She's challenged and engaged. Homework is no joke--an hour or two a night compared to 1-15 minutes a night that her public school friends get. My advice to anyone trying to decide about this school is, KNOW your child! This school is NOT for everyone, and is definitely sink or swim. DON'T just send your child because of the school's reputation or because you think it's like free private school. If your child is a hard worker, fast learner, and genuinely enjoys being challenged, this may be just the place for you. If they are not ALL of those things, they will likely be miserable and want out sooner than later. Also, as a parent, be prepared to step up to the plate, you'll need to be plenty involved, too. Basis offers all the help you could want if your child is struggling, but they have to be willing to ask for it and then do the work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2014

Great School if you want to focus on Academics. Great Teachers. Managing Lockers is hard for middle Schools kids, it would better is School can reduce that pressure on kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2014

Great reputation. Decent teachers. Milquetoast administration. Still in development. Decent standards. Work in progress. Incomplete grade
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2014

Focus on academics and college prep. Teachers tend to be graduates in their field (i.e. chemistry or physics), but may have limited or no teaching experience, although the best teacher in the school had no experience until last year. Like most schools, classroom experiences are very teacher dependent and they have some very good teachers and some who seem to wish they were not teaching. Administratively they feel short-staffed resulting it disorganization at the front-office level. After-school clubs success again resides with the teacher. It is a 4th-12 school which is a big age range and they are still working out the kinks on age-appropriate responsibility expectations. Currently it is geared towards less responsibility for the older kids which is frustrating for them. Can be a good experience if you get the good teachers, but be prepared to be involved and lobby for your student. New principal this year (2014-2015) so the front office issues and overall environment may improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2014

Basis Ahwatukee is a fantastic school. It has gone above and beyond my expectations! The administration, especially John Hillis, Dave Deshler and Nicole Kamp, are impressive, communicative, accessible, prompt, and caring. The teachers really show they want their students to succeed. I'm not going to lie; it's work. However, I saw a change in my son after a month. There is an adjustment period because it's a completely different set up. My son started off with hours of homework a night. Now, he's just whipping through it in an hour. It's amazing! The Boosters (PTO) is fantastic as well. They bring the social aspect to the school many were worried would be lost transferring to Basis. They bring in lunches (no cafeteria at this school) and have great fundraisers and social activities. I would recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


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In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

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Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Source: Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education did not report AZ LEARNS results for this school.

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Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 4:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kristen Jordison
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 289-2089

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
School leaders can update this information here.
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10210 S. 50th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85044
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Phone: (480) 659-2294

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