I have mixed feelings about BASIS. I've had two children attend for 2 and 3 years, respectively. The good: My kids have exceptional study skills that will take them through college; peer 'competition' to perform well academically (rise up!); and I was 0% involved in homework. Parents don't have access to grades because BASIS wants students to be empowered over their academic success/failure without parents micromanaging/helicoptering. Teachers have daily after-school hours to work with students; parents should not be helping with homework very much/at all! The bad: We left BASIS. With both kids excelling academically. I needed my kids to have a childhood. A well-rounded academically rigorous experience can STILL include sports and time with friends. Space and time to be occasionally bored! There is plenty of time to be stressed out as an adult, and I found myself wondering, "Why crazy acceleration at the expense of everything else?" My gifted child ever had time to explore academic interests deeply because she was rushed so quickly through prescribed AP curriculum (when you can't even use those AP credits unless you go to a state school). No time to consider how to 'be in the world', be a kid/teen, digest, think, ponder, or develop interpersonal skills (this is a big negative in my opinion). There is just no time for anything else when you're at BASIS.
My daughter and I recently visited 7 Ivy League Universities during Fall break and I am grateful and beyond happy we chose BASIS. Every admissions officer we met were very familiar with BASIS and had favorable comments about BASIS. At each university, she met BASIS alumni to discuss their personal experience at college. All of them said how easy college is because BASIS prepared them for the rigors of college.
BASIS is the acronym for Building Academic Success in Students and that is what they've done for my daughter as well as thousands of other students. I give 100% credit to BASIS teachers and staff for their outstanding work and dedication to each and every student. This program works for those WILLING TO WORK HARD. For all those parents who complained about the rigorous program and excessive workload at BASIS I say "what's wrong with hard work? " Raise the bar for your kids and watch them achieve great things at BASIS and beyond.
Takes us about 4-5 hours and that includes fri-sun. They listened to parents complaints and this year created AE time where students can start their homework at School. What they don't tell you is that on those days poor kids have no recess.
The school has moved to a new building and here is what we see. They filled it with students beyond building capacity. Only after the City forced them, they were able to decrease the drop off time from 30 min (!!!) to about 15. Still unacceptable to most busy parents. The amount of homework (at least in elementary school) has doubled (my guess is they are trying to catch up as the building wasn't finished on time and kids had no textbooks or lockers (or door handles for that matter) for the first 2 weeks). Lunch is 15 min. No recess 2 days/week (they make kids do their homework instead). No playground. No library. Only math textbook is provided for free. Only some electives are free. And even the parents club requires a membership fee. They are also technologically challenged. No grades are posted online, if you choose Quizlet to create flashcards, you still need to present the paper copies in class (we through them away later). No e-books are allowed (Students are carrying 10 lbs backpacks in the 21st century where most of it could be digital). No communications from teachers at all, only generic school announcements. Mandarin was dropped this year for 4-6 grades, and can be picked up as elective in 7th (IF you're chosen). Quite a waste for those who have invested time in it in the past year(s). Kids do learn a ton, but most of it at home, with the help of the parents through assignments.
The teachers know what they're talking about, but they aren't trained as teachers, so they default to telling you things as if you ought to know them, rather than helping you as a student build a solid foundation of understanding of why these things are true or the causes for things to be true. It turns problems that can be solved logically into games of memorization for the sake of speed of teaching.
You will spend more time doing homework for each course than you will spend in lectures in class, by far. For some subjects like math you can have 1-2 hours of work every single day for that one subject.
Considering that I was screwed out of courses that I would have excelled at and my entire future was ruined because my name wasn't drawn out of a hat for the classes I needed, I'm going to say that this school harbors horrible ideas of fairness in its students.
This school ruined my life. I started going to basis in 5th grade partially because it was a well reviewed school, and partially because it was affordable; my family is pretty poor and couldn't afford to send me to a private school. When I started out I thought it was enjoyable; advanced learning, I liked most of the teachers at the time, but as the years passed things got worse and worse. For one thing, at the time the school was packed well beyond fire capacity limits and I'm surprised more people weren't trampled in the hallways. The proms and sports and other events were a complete joke, and a lot of the teachers that taught AP courses were pretty poor teachers as the administration picked people with higher academics rather than teaching skills for the positions (a good idea in theory, but terrible in execution). Where things really started to go south though was in 7th grade, where students are allowed to pick a language to learn. This system is a one way street, where you have four languages to choose from (latin, mandarin, french, and spanish), and once you pick one you're stuck with it until 12th grade. Well at the time I had horrible grades in latin which was taught up until that choosing point to all students, and I really wanted to learn spanish because half my family lives in Mexico; alas I was put into latin without any say beyond "suggesting" the language I wanted. I don't care about latin, and most people short of maybe medical or law students dont care either, so basically I was shoved into the course even though it was dead last on my list to fill space. Then, in 9th grade you're asked to choose a science to specialize in. Once again, I put physics at the top (I love math and physics, they are my passions), and chemistry second, and of course I was put into honors biology with no choice but to take the AP biology course the next year even though my teacher and I both knew I was going to fail. After this mess I had no choice but to leave the school, and because of the very strange social atmosphere of basis I had a hard time fitting into public school and dropped out of that as well. At the end of the day, I was a dedicated student that gave basis a chance for five and a half years, but the school screwed me out of maybe my only chance to go to college without crippling debt and has basically ruined my life. (I am now 19, for perspective.)