Basis Scottsdale has a huge bullying issue and refuses to admit it. Parents that disagree either have no clue or are raising the bully. The school and district does not have any policies or procedures in place to handle bullying, harassment, and aggression. In fact when questioned on this the answer was that with the intense curriculum there isn't time in the day to teach students how to be good people.
My child was rewarded for his integrity and always choosing to do the right thing. He was given an "Outstanding Student" award. Although the focus is on academics, just attending this school, helps students naturally develop positive character traits.
BASIS Scottsdale has helped my children blossom into responsible, reliable, and autonomous students. Most importantly, they are unbelievably happy. My kids LOVE the school so much they say they couldn't imagine going anywhere else. The education is unbeatable too. We feel extremely blessed to have this school available in Arizona!
There is very little bullying at this school. Almost every child is accepted for "who they are". There is such a wide variety of cultural, racial and religious backgrounds, that it's okay to be different.
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.