This school is great, kids proudly call themselves nerds. As a parent I believe you can count on your kids getting smarter, responsible and fully prepared for college. However you will also see that Basis kids who are average at Basis will somewhat suffer competing for scholarships and college admission as compared to less knowledgeable but with greater GPA than Basis kids. I however will still recommend Basis because I personally would want a kid who has grown into responsible hardworking child as compared to someone who has greater GPA due to less challenging curriculum.
Basis is a great school. I came from a 'gifted' program in Phoenix. When I started in fifth grade, I was overwhelmed. Gradually, I learned how to study and achieve good grades. I also found a group of friends who were focused on their academics but still sociable. Without Basis, I would have been a completely different person. Now, I am in eighth grade. The bar has been extremely high since APs have started. I can't find much time for myself anymore, because I spend so much doing homework. Some teachers are great, and I couldn't ask for anything better; others are unprofessional and not knowledgeable at all about their subject. When I was in fifth grade and our history teacher left, a drama teacher filled in for him for the last couple of months! The board just cares about grades, and the students have to work harder just to receive a good grade. The campus itself at Basis is another downfall. They recently renovated it, but the halls(cramped and crowded) are even more dysfunctional now. Overall, this is a school that may work for some people, but it has been very hard for me to attain a 4.0. My suggestion is to keep your student there for middle school. Hope this helped!
My daughter's school is Bsis charter school. I love it how hard teachers work with students. Principal is very nice and he takes his students seriously. Overall I am very happy with teachers, principal and course.
Basis Scottsdale creates an environment that makes students want to succeed. They take pride in being called Basis Nerds. While other schools' students may be focused on dances, football games and the social calendar, these students can tell you when top universities are coming to visit the campus. We've seen our daughter grow into a freshman with a focus on not just grades, but actually learning the subject matter in a comprehensive matter. Her vocabulary, as well as that of most of the other students we've observed at Basis, is far above what hear from other friends' kids. While they're no different in the homework complaint department, we sense their pride in having accomplished and learned something new each week. While Meritas provided a nice structure and taught teacher respect, we couldn't be happier that we moved our daughter from Meritas (Rancho Solano).
My oldest son is entering 7th grade & has attended BASIS Scottsdale for 2 years. My younger son begins 5th grade at BASIS this August. As a parent, I am very active in the Boosters & serve as the Social Activities Chair. BASIS' academics speak for themselves. BASIS is very successful at preparing its students for rigorous AP exams & college level work. No, it's not for everyone. Yes, many kids love it and flourish there. As to the social environment, IT IS THERE! You simply have to be willing to participate. There is a social event every month for the lower school; two dances a year; AZ AirTime Bounce parties, an all-school school picnic, an all-school field day, MMRAC pool party, ice skating party, etc. BASIS does offer your kids an opportunity to get together with classmates and have fun. So if you want your kid to be "well-rounded" or have a "normal" childhood, BASIS doesn't deny them that opportunity. You simply have to take advantage of it. Sports are a different story, but you can always do club sports if that's important to you. Truly, you can't know if BASIS is a good fit for your kid until he tries it. It's too good of a school not to at least try it.
BASIS SCOTTSDALE: A review by a current student I entered BASIS in 7th grade. To be truly honest it was definitely hard. To those who say there is a clique problem: I HAVE NOT SEEN IT. The small size of grades makes me feel as though everyone is like family. Academically I don't think any school near (besides other BASIS Schools) come close to putting a child in better position for college. THIS SCHOOL IS NOT FOR EVERYONE! If your child is already struggling at another school DO NOT SEND THEM HERE. But if your child truly wants to learn and is willing to put in the work THEY CAN DO IT. Teachers are definitely very helpful and take "no child should be left behind" to a whole new meaning. One other person mentioned how children are expected to clean the cafeteria. This is a true statement. However, I feel as this puts some responsibility on the student and it helps make them independent. I truly love this school. The one thing that is lacking however is that if your child wants the high school experience and an athletics program they will be startled by the differences of BASIS and a traditional high school. (The school is renovating to a larger facility with a GYM!)
My son was one of the lucky students to get selected in the lottery and started in 5th grade at Basis Scottsdale. When I say "lucky" I really mean our family truly believes we are blessed with Basis. The teachers are all engaging with their students and spend the extra time to help answer questions if the students want them to. My son is very happy and is moving into 7th grade now and although he has an 89% overall grade average, we are also very happy because we know that average is one that means he is engaged and enjoys the topics the school is teaching without killing himself to get the perfect grade. Its a balanced approach. I will say that Basis may not be for all students, but at the same time if a student has the opportunity to at least attend Basis for their 5th grade year they should take advantage of it and THEN make the decision based on their own experience. Since we first heard about Basis 4 years ago, we have been Basis fans and hope that parents take the chance and believe in their children being successful in the Basis environment. Its a proven model to help kids achieve their fullest potential and beyond. Take a chance on your child's success, we did.
My daughter attends BASIS. I echo the sentiment that your child can be a star among the average at a typical public school or be challenged by being surrounded by other bright and motivated students. Controversy always surrounds doing something different and being successful at it and that is obvious from some of the negative comments. It also appears that parents whose student did not find success at BASIS (for one reason or another) want to blame the school, rather than accepting that there was not a fit. Perhaps they are disappointed? I am also shocked to hear a parent complain that helping your child learn and assisting with homework amounts to "home schooling". I've never heard anything so ridiculous. BASIS is a wonderful place for some and a difficult place for others. Some it is academic and some of it is socially. To answer the posters question about ethics, cultural diversity and social. The ethics of self responsibility are the core of the schools program and I have not scene a more diverse group of students. Socially there are activities for your child, however I have always encouraged and supported an outside activity such as a club sports team.
To Overwhelmed: You can always go back to regular public school. Your kid can be a superstar amongst a bunch of unmotivated students with low expectations. Obivously that is not what you wanted since you put your kid in BASIS in the first place. If you are spending 15-20 hours a week with your kid to help them just pass, you are probably overestimating your kids ability or readiness to handle such a curriculum. For many kids, BASIS is the first time they have challenging curriculum and competition from students who are motivated and bright- sometimes much brighter. One of my kids thinks the school is not that hard and the question is whether or not it will be a gold or silver honors this grading period. The other one struggles just to maintain 90s club every grading period. I would still rather have her struggle for this than to just coast through public school worrying more about clothes and parties.
Overwhelmed. I never expected to need to home-school my child for 15 - 20 hours per week in the evenings in addition to having him attend BASIS all day. Providing support to a child while they do their schoolwork is one thing; BASIS is a whole different ballgame though. Being successful in life shouldn't mean being intimidated by test scores throughout your schooling. My child is incredibly bright and motivated -- BASIS makes him feel like a failure though.
As a parent with kids having gone to BASIS from 5th now through 11th, I am responding to these questions from a previous reviewer: "Is the atmosphere very cut throat and will my child be so inundated with homework that he will be stressed beyond belief." BASIS has a culture of pride about academic achievement. I don't see it as being cutthroat; I see it as being nurturing to learning and success. There's a bit of a 'brain machismo' at the school, but I'll take that any day over the 'football-and-cheerleader brawn-&-beauty machismo' at a 'typical' American HS. The homework is consistent with what is required to achieve this success, but by no means overwhelming. There are plenty of students who pursue demanding extracurricular sports, music, etc. programs and/or hold down part-time jobs while keeping up with the workload at BASIS.
I am a parent of a prospective student. I can see that undisputedly the academics are rigourous and top notch. But I would like to hear more about the role the schools in nurturing ethics, cultural diversity and social aspects which are also very important in my opinion. Is the atmosphere very cut throat and will my child be so inundated with homework that he will be stressed beyond belief. Any feedback would be appreciated. My child loves learning and being challenged academically and he tests at above average.
Hello, I'm here to tell you the truth about BASIS that they don't want you to know. The entire school is not set up to bring the best out of your child; the school only cares about test scores and donations. Every single day students at the school are almost threatened by the tests on the horizon: "you have to get a 5 on the AP," "you have to get an A," and quite frankly it's wrong. The teachers barely help; the reason the school gets high test scores is because the STUDENTS do all the work, and the teachers do a fairly unsatisfactory job and require the students to learn almost all of the material at home. The entire school makes you think that getting anything less than an A means you are a failure, and GUILTS you for receiving a C or lower; I've seen students cry for getting 95% on a final before. Unless you want the students to grow up in a small school with no social aspect whatsoever, constant pressure to get grades that may not be possible for your child to achieve, and very little choice in what your child specializes (they make you learn everything, and I mean everything, just to graduate), I say stay far away from here. You'll be far better off.
We continue to be very impressed with the material that our fifth grader is coming home with and asking for us to quiz her on. Getting exposure to an overview on such a broad range of topics is wonderful and may help her decide what her interests are to determine her desired career path. For an already motived student, she is learning invaluable study skills and loving school. When asked what her favorite part of Basis is, she always says "My Teachers!" next is her friends. Very happy with our choice and feel so fortunate to have Basis as an option.
Be it a private school, public school, or charter all teachers teach to the test and memorization is a huge part of it. Don't blame Basis or the teachers. I do think it's sad hat they will be adding K-4th grade to Scottsdale (they don't have room for current students as it is. Also, I believe they should make all their schools continue through high school before adding lower grades into the mix. My daughter works hard at Basis, but it is great prep for a future life and absolutely teaches great work ethics. You have to be willing to put in the time to make the grades and succeed.
Basis is an amazing school. My son is there for the past 2 years and we are very happy. But It is not a school for everyone.you should be willing to work very hard. There are lots of tests/quizzes/homework. If you are ready to work hard, this is the school for you. Lots of emphasis is there on Math and science. Parents also should be prepared to help them when needed. The school is more education oriented. So for kids who are academically good, this school is great!!
I have to respond to the parent who just posted about parents who blame the teachers at basis for poor grades. I am thankful that I took my child out of basis and they now have a normal life. I would never blame a teacher for poor grades but for basis, I have to say the school sets the kids up for failure. I'm sorry. these kids are learning to memorize not learn the subject matter. No one can be taught half a book and then test them the following day. When my daughter failed the comp.....behind the desk in the entry were about 40 history textbooks ready to be handed out to the others who failed to now take the test over. The school should have looked into the problem of why so many students failed. With that many, something is wrong. Then to re-take the comp, they trick the students by giving them a completely different comp, as well as having questions on it that were never taught. After I took my daughter out of that school, now the teacher has been let go. Basis did us a favor as I now have a well rounded student and they look back and say "why did you send me there to begin with?, it was like jail!
BASIS is basis. It is a very academicaly oriented school. The sports department needs to be improved. But as a student who has been through 5th grade and now is an 8th grader, this school has been very good to me. With a small graduating class you get very close to your peers. Bullying is not a huge problem in this school like it is in other high school. My studies are very math and science oriented. Students are allowed to rise higher and higher in their studies if they wish, coming from a student in AP Calc. All in all, this school is a great chioce for HARDWORKING student.
I have been a student at BASIS Scottsdale for four years and can honestly say that it is an amazing school, but just not for everyone. If you want to go into any field of science, math, or engineering, and you are willing to work harder than you have ever before, then this is your school. Contrary to popular belief, they do not have an admission test, however, the 8th grade will test you for work ethic and devotion. Most teachers are spectacular and are willing to give extra help whenever it is asked for. The small environment makes the faculty and student body feel like a family (with all the family ups and downs). I have felt very at home and very supported during my time at BASIS. The homework and study load is intense and time consuming. You really have to WANT to succeed in order to pass. Some of my friends have no trouble with it, but in my personal experience my only free time during the week is Friday night and Saturday. I am very language and writing oriented, though, so a majority of my time is given to the stressed math and science. There is very little wiggle room allowed for course selection, which is why I can recommend BASIS to more left-brained students.
BASIS is an excellent school. My son is in the tenth grade and is a honors student. My other son failed the fifth grade. Some kids struggle more than others but you will find that at any school. Unlike public schools where teachers have better pensions, unions and tenure, BASIS is a charter school and teachers come and go like contractors. They get paid for their services but will leave if they find greener pastures. I have no problem with that. Overall the education is the best you will find anywhere and you should not hesitate enrolling your child if the opportunity permits.
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