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Scottsdale, AZ

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11440 N. 136th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85259

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(480) 451-4555
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January 05, 2015
BASIS Scottsdale is a wonderful school that I would recommend highly to a hardworking young 4th grader in a heartbeat. I am currently in 9th grade, and I am planning on take 6 AP's this year. Many reading this comment will assume that the teachers have forced this heavy workload upon me. Completely false. If anything, my teachers inspired me to take challenging classes, and they have taught me to love learning. All teachers have free tutoring hours, but they are generally very kind and flexible. Many detached and frankly frivolous parents have argued that BASIS systematically weeds out lower-performing students through the advanced curriculum. On the contrary, the students who have failed to do their homework (which, in my experience, only ranges from 1 - 2.5 hours a night), forgotten to study (30 minutes per day), or simply don't care often drop out. The claim that a "creaming of the crop" exists is downright laughable. The majority of the negative comments come from parents who lack the necessary insights upon which to make judgements or merely are too infatuated with their child's "immense academic prowess." Go Bulldogs!

- submitted by a student
November 25, 2014
BASIS ranks among the top schools in the US because there is accountability on all levels from teachers to students & parents. The academic program is rigorous but students are never alone facing the challenges of the advanced curriculum & heavy workload. Student support is available through teacher hours, study groups, peer tutoring & counseling. They are taught to be responsible students, have great work ethics and take pride in their accomplishments Yes, BASIS kids have fun too! Boosters are active & organizes monthly events. With nearly 60 extra curricular activities inc. sports & clubs kids are active & happy. As parents, BASIS is an economical win for us. My kids are getting a top education for free. My oldest daughter is only freshman but she is focused on getting into the college of her dreams. It's costly dream but attainable. BASIS students graduate with enough AP credits to be considered incoming 2nd semester freshmen or sophomores in college. With tuition nearly 50K annually at top colleges, that's a huge savings for parents. Many BASIS students are offered full-ride scholarships. This school is amazing and my kids have a bright future thanks to BASIS!

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2014
We are thrilled with Basis Scottsdale! Our children are learning in an environment that encourages and rewards effort and results. The focus is on academics, where it should be! Teachers are dynamic, passionate, knowledgeable and often young, right out of grad school. My kids' favorite thing about school is their teachers! That said, there is some turnover, but it is excellent that when a staff change is needed it happens quickly, with as little disruption to the students as possible. At this school it is cool to be smart, and good grades are celebrated regularly. That is the message that I want my daughter and son to value and strive for. Much of the peer pressure and social issues at typical middle schools is avoided here due to the kids' priorities being elsewhere. There are a great many extracurricular activities and fun events also. Recently there was a dodgeball tournament, off site carnival, and Halloween party. There are no uniforms but fashion doesn't seem to be priority even here in Scottsdale.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2014
Last year, BASIS underwent a massive expansion with BASIS schools all over AZ, and some in other States. BASIS Corporate trains their teachers at BASIS Scottsdale, and then have them move to these new school, hence a higer turnover rate at BASIS Scottsdale. More recently, a huge blow to BASIS Scottsdale was Mr. Sullivan resigning! While, its a given that BASIS Students are considered cream of the crop, and no doubt they work harder than an average student, BASIS students suffer having these teachers leave (some even leaving middle if the school year!). The school is top notch with rigour and academic excellence - rated number 1 charter school in the US. No it's not for everybody, and requires time, effort, and energy! We've been happy academically but very worried that one day, BASIS management will shoot itself in the foot and will compromise its standards!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
Basis is a school with a curriculum designed to teach a very narrow spectrum of students. The program is highly academic teaching on average one to two years ahead, homework intensive and heavily weighted in Math, Science and core subjects. I would say Basis is the polar opposite of a liberal arts education. Basis is a good fit for very disciplined, highly academic youth. Very difficult to balance the work load with extracurricular activities and sports.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
BASIS is a great school, but like previous people have said the school is not for everyone. I am in 9th grade and we only have 76 students in our grade and last year in 8th grade we had 130. BASIS teachers are great and they do help their students a lot. BASIS may not have the best sports program, but they do have some unique sports opportunities. For example, BASIS has an amazing cricket team and a track team that is has won first place in all of their meets. BASIS also offers volleyball, field hockey, varsity basketball and badminton.

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2014
I love this school, academically very high. Teachers are very nice and helpful. I am really thankful that we have schools like Basis here. I don't need to help my child , teachers always help them.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
I am a BASIS student myself and I am in seventh grade. I think this school has taught me a lot of things other than the standard textbooks and facts. It has also taught me how to speak in public, how to be competitive, and mostly, how to manage time. These are all important life skills that I have learned so far in this school. I do NOT recommend people to go here who expect "A high school experience" because the curriculum is rigorous and I find myself doing homework and studying about 5 hours everyday. Also, BASIS DOES NOT have the best athletic department (if you are looking for a good football team, basketball team etc.) Although they do provide these activities, it isn't professional. Also, I agree with some people that the school can become overcrowded in the hallways. However, if you put it in that light, many things is wrong with the school. However, if you put it in the light of getting into a good college, thy are definitely hard-core training all their students. So, if your child IS PREPARED to work hard and stay up late, this school is for them. Otherwise, steer clear!

- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2013
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!

- submitted by a community member
October 20, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
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).

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
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!)

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
December 21, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
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!!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
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!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2012
Whether or not parents like the school, most student love BASIS. Students are taught basic organizational skills with a sense of responsibility in addition to its globally competitive curriculum. It is amazing how much information and knowledge these students absorb and retain. Not all teachers are good, but kudos to all students! If they survive BASIS, they can achieve anything they desire! :) I am a proud parent of two BASIS Scottsdale students!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
BASIS is NOT losing 7 of its teachers this year - they are losing 4. The other 3 are transferring to the new BASIS in Phoenix. And the main reason the teachers re leaving is to pursue their own life goals. Get your facts straight, That and maybe the teacher isn't a good fit for the school - this I can personally say is fact for one of the teachers who is leaving. And if there is concern over teachers leaving - you should take it to Admin and they will tell you their philosophy on why they hire the teachers they hire and their expectations for these teachers. My 3 kids have just completed their 5th year at BASIS. It has been a terrific experience. With the study and time management skills they have learned, they are no more stressed than their peers at other high schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
While some parents may find that BASIS isn't a good fit for their child, the school's superior results are unquestioned - BASIS graduates are dramatically better prepared to attend top-notch universitites than their peers who attend other schools. The concerns over teacher retention, and the faculty itself, seem to be addressed by the fact that BASIS excels year after year; they must be doing something right. As to the 'stress' that students supposedly feel, we haven't experienced that, but then again the school is a great fit for our child. BASIS is forthright from the start - the model doesn't work for everyone. Ultimately, I would rather children feel the pressure to perform (and develop the habits that allow them to do so) throughout their high school careers rather than feel the extreme pressure of trying to get into great colleges they're not prepared to attend.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
Losing 7 teachers , or 16% of staff for next year. This place needs to retain its teachers for the sake of the children. Why with all of the stipends paid to the teachers for the students high test results can't they keep their staff. Reason is, ...... stress, and overwork..... Please make sure your kids can withstand this relentless environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2011
My son just started attending Basis this year. The administration is wonderful. You feel like you are attending a much smaller school than it is. We couldn't be happier. He LOVES all of his teachers. They make learning so much fun. They learn a lot but he surprisingly does not have to study too much. The teachers teach them during class and are available after class if he needs more help. It has given him an amazing independence in his studies and he is exceeding. I can't believe that this school is free. I agree that this school isn't for everyone but if your child wants to learn this is the place to go. Thank you so much Basis!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2011
BASIS has been a fantastic school for our two children (grades 5 and 7). The academic standards are better than any private or public school. The teachers are enthusiastic and are willing to make sure that their students learn the subject at hand -- they will stay late, come in early, or set up special student hours. I believe the school is not for everyone -- but it IS for those who value a top-notch education and make academics a priority. Kudos BASIS for continuing to EDUCATE our children!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2011
The school has gone through a lot of changes. My son went to Basis from 5th grade to 8th, now he attends what I believe is the best private high school in Arizona. He was accepted with flying colors because of the extraordinary foundation built and study skills he learned at Basis. He now enjoys perfect marks in class that would make ANY parent smile. Don't hate the player hate the game! Life is what we make of it and being a public charter school they are a God send. You would be lucky, as I was to have your children attend Basis Scottsdale! Education is the only gift you can give your children that no one can ever take away.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
The decision parents make in selecting a school that will challenge their child and prepare them for further academic success has to be made both with an open mind and with a clear understanding of who their child is. My daughter is bright, works hard, and genuinely craves the accelerated academic challenges that Basis offers. In short, Basis is a superb match for her, and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunities this school provides. In contrast, she doesn't sing and has no interest in acting, so it would have made no sense for us to have sent her to a performing arts school. This is, in my mind, a fairly common sense process of matching my child's strengths, interests, and motivation against the environment we placed her in. In reading the reviews from parents that clearly didn't make that realistic assessment - can and will my child perform in this environment - I am simply amazed. The Basis curriculum, and a comparison with other schools, is readily available; it's common knowledge that Basis kids are years ahead of their peers in other schools. If that isn't a good match for your child, don't blame the school for your decision to send them there. The failure is yours.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
Beware, this school will remove reviews that are negative, mine was removed. The admin is not interested in input from parents/teachers. They expect students to clean up cafeteria, no janitor on staff, what next? No wonder there is turnover of teachers year after year, the environment is prison-like. Don't buy into the sales pitch of this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
Last time I checked, colleges don't look at a school's teacher turnover for admittance or scholarships. They look at test scores. And Basis excels at test scores and educating students as well as national rankings. I am a fourth year Basis parent. The methods used at Basis are not always logical, intuitive or follow what other schools do. But the Basis schools have the track record of AIMS scores, AP scholars, and national rankings to back up their methods. Basis is not for every child, but the school works with the kids to give the children lots of chances. However the child and the parent need to be willing to work hard to succeed. We have never found the workload "overly demanding" ~ my son has found it challenging. He never spent 5-6 hours a night on homework. Basis had taught my son the organizational, study and test taking skills that he needs to succeed in school, career and life. If teacher turnover and longer "meet the teacher" nights are your priority, Basis is probably not for you. If your priority is getting a great education while learning study skills and getting the test scores for colleges and scholarships, Basis may be a great fit for you and your child

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
We have two wonderful kids in Basis. Before Basis we had them in three different private schools and I can tell you that it is no comparison To Basis. We are all so lucky to have a school that can provide our kids the challenge that they need. The kids, parents and school have to work as a team to make it work. Basis is not for everyone, I don't remember reading it anywhere that it states that. This school is for kids who are driven. What is worry with that? Basis is not perfect but what is? Are you? It is perfect for those who's up for the challenge and that can take it. My two kids may or may not go through High School, but one think for sure is that we are grateful our kids have a solid foundation. Thank you Basis and all the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
In response to why care if BASIS retains teachers...if they are paying teachers bonuses from the Master Teacher program why would they want to leave? Such a high turnover there's got to be something. No not all the math tests are the same. Our friend's kids were struggling with tests, and when compared with my kid's test, most of their test questions were the same degree of difficulty as my kid's extra credit questions. Luckily my kid's teacher was the head of the department(and one of the few great teachers there). The teachers may be the best in their field, but if they can't communinicate their knowledge to students then they aren't very effective teachers. Kids need teachers, not experts. My child was eager to learn and loved school until she spent a few years at BASIS. We are considering counseling to undo the damage that was done by the highly stressful and overly demanding work load-not curriculum, work load. No child needs to spend 5-6 hours nightly on homework after 7 hours in the classroom. Public schools aren't that great either, and I agree tenure needs to be done away with, but there are other options, and I think there are several options that are better than BASIS

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
Why do you care if it Basis retains teachers or not? They have a solid and successful for hiring the best and most knowledgeable people in their fields of study. I certainly don't care if these teachers have teaching certificates. Basis teachers undergo a rigerous training program not to mention are mentored by deparatment heads. For example, all children in math take the exact same test. Teachers grades are constantly compared and reviewed. My daughter attended this school for 4 years and received a superior education. Her teachers were absolutely the best in their fields. She left Basis this past year to attend a larger high school. There is a HUGE difference in the high quality of Basis teachers versus the teachers found teaching at other schools. All of her traditional public school counterparts have story after story about terrible teachers that cannot be fired due to tenure in the public school system. Something in this nation must change with respect to education and Basis is doing it. I wish the teacher's unions would stop being so paranoid about competition.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
BASIS weeds out students to attain its "superior" status. Will they openly admit this? Of course not. You will come to realize that the needs of your child (especially if on an IEP or 504) will not be met. We are told that if our child just "works hard" he or she can do it. Really?!? Will your learning disabled student really be able to keep up with the demanding curriculum? I don't see BASIS doing anything to assist these students other than offering free tutoring. So much more is needed for IEP students. I don't necessarily have a problem with this "weeding out" process. The brightest students deserve a high level of education in the best environment. However, I am bothered that BASIS will not at least admit that they are doing this. Is it realistic that they would have such a high passing rate on the AIMS if they weren't manipulating things so the lesser students finally leave the school?

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
Basis Scottsdale has a serious problem with retaining teachers. Only a 1/3 of the current teachers have been with Basis for more than a year. If you are looking for a school with good teachers then Basis is not the place for your child.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
BASIS isn't for everyone however it is geard toward the child that is willing and eager to learn. BASIS has given my child self-confidence, life long skills, pride in his/her accomplishments, and a true sense of what hard work is and the the outcome and joy it brings. Thank you BASIS for doing what no other school has done!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2011
I am a student at basis, and I enjoy this school. This school is for students who are willing to work hard and take many tests. If your student struggles a lot I would not recomend this school. The teachers always get great results and improvements from their students. Most students start earning colledge credits in the 8 th or 9 th grade at this school. I'm going in to seventh grade this year and I will be glad to graduate from this lovely school.

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2011
Parents who's children can't or won't do the homework blame everyone but there own kids. If you take good notes, do the homework and get the free tutoring if necessary everyone can pass. The excuse that the teacher turnover is causing the kids problems is just that an excuse. Kids need to learn to adapt to different individuals, styles and temperaments just like the real world work situation will be. But the competition for the top 10% is brutal and just like in real life those top 10% will be the leaders tomorrow, because they learned to adapt to different problems. Our daughter is going into 7th and volunteered to take Algebra II this Summer so she can be in Calculus this fall. She has focus and commitment to excellence. If you can get your child into Basis do it, do it now, no excuses.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
Basis Scottsdale is striving for a laudable goal of enriching education. They have not overcome the major obstacle in recruiting and retaining high quality teachers. The year to year turn-over of teachers is incredibly high. We are been Basis parents for 4 years and seen this pattern repeat each year. Even more challenging, some teachers have left mid year-this year in middle school math and last year Latin. Without impressive teachers, students (and their families) are left to struggle with a very demanding workload. This is very hard on the students' ability to learn, dveleop a foundation and self-confidence. The Master Teacher fund is a good idea but has not solved this serious problem.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
I've read several reviews which state that the teachers are inexperienced and/or fresh out of college. However, as noted on the BASIS website, only 24% of their staff actually hold teaching certificates. As a parent, this is an extreme concern of mine. Just because an individual knows an area well does not, in any way, mean that he or she knows how to teach it.

- submitted by a community member
April 03, 2011
we chose Basis for our GIFTED daughter thinking its an excellent institution for education.But soon realized that my child is overwhelmed & frustrated with the amount of information teachers dump on students.Every year the bar for the curriculum is raised to a standard where most of the times it is very difficult for adolescent minds to cope up.All they care about is good test scores so that they can earn name & fame & attract more crowd next year.Most of the the teachers are inexperienced & fresh out of college who do not know how to teach.Teachers are not held responsible for how & what they teach.Administration is very very poor with a motto that they are always right.Not open for criticism,You cannot change their decision no matter what.If you have a problem there is absolutely no one to listen.They also discourage students who are not performing well so they can weed them out.School campus is like an office building where there is no play ground for students & so no recess for them.And the most funny part is they also do P.E in a small cramped up room with two classes in it.Lunch break is the only time free for students & they are pulled out if they are on student support.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
We have found that at BASIS they raise the academic bar higher than most schools. Most students achieve to this higher standard. BASIS encourages students to be self sufficient. To this extent, they have a fantastic program to help those students that may need the extra help. The teachers and administration encourage the students to get help through several available channels peer tutoring, teacher office hours, to a formalized student support program. They also have a great organizational skills class for incoming students (during the summer). Our family has made the right decision for our children. There is a reason that BASIS is opening several more schools and getting national recognition for its high standards. We are proud to be part of the program.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
Before you start down the BASIS path, look long and hard at the 50%+ student attrition rate between 8th & 9th grade and the high teacher turnover. The US has ridiculously high unemployment, but every year my kids have been there, BASIS has had several brand new, out of the box, teachers. This year there was only 1 math teacher who remained from prior years. Look closely at graduation requirements; they seem to be a moving target. Once you start at BASIS, hold on to your handbook from prior years so you can track these changes. Check out the local libraries after school and on weekends. You will find a lot of BASIS students sitting with private tutors, in addition to spending extra time with BASIS teachers and in the Peer Tutoring program. I'm not discouraging people from going to BASIS, it is an amazing school, but before you jump on the "My Kid Has To Go To BASIS" bandwagon, ask a lot of questions so you understand fully what you are getting into.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
I have been a Basis parent for five years and have seen many changes in the teachers, administrators, and even the students. Initially , I told every person I met about Basis and how great of an academically challenging school it is. I now know that Basis is not for every family. Your child has to be willing to work hard, take responsibility for the homework, and study. No school is perfect in every aspect. I have not seen another school with such dedicated teachers and staff. Over the years, I have met with all three of my kids teachers and most were eager to give me tips on how to help them improve. A few I felt were bright but were unable to communicate their knowledge to the students. My experience with the administration has been good and the new Head of the School is extremely personable and helpful if you run into any challenges. Just like the teachers, he is there for the children. If you have a child that wants to be challenged and you are a parent who wants to provide an excellent world class education to your child, then Basis is the school for your family.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2010
We have had kids at BASIS Scottsdale for six years, 5th grade - high school. Neither was interested in leaving for high school! I can say unequivocally that we believe they are receiving the best preparation possible to excel in college. Isn't that the goal of every great school? The teachers are well educated and interested in the subjects they teach, which translates into excellent classroom experiences for our kids. Beginning as early as 8th grade, students are offered the opportunity to take AP classes if they choose. Academic expectations are high but by no means unreachable, and the teachers and students enjoy a level of partnership and mutual respect rarely found elsewhere on a school-wide basis. Is it perfect? No. Is any school perfect? Is it for everyone? No. If your kid isn't interested in being an active participant in his/her education, isn't willing to ask for help when needed, and wants everything to be easy and spoon-fed, then BASIS will not be a good fit. But if your child aspires to learn, make a difference, and matter to his/her peers, teachers, and administrators, then BASIS is a great fit.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
It looks like $61,850 was a signal dinner from 07-08 Master Teacher Recognition Dinner. How many people were in that dinner? How about 08-09 MTC Fundraising events direct costs $41,607; Other fundraising expenses $58,578? Why BASIS provide no details on those. When my kid started at BASIS, we were be able to gave gifts to my child's teachers. Later the policy changed. BASIS has been collecting all the money. Gifts from individual might cause favoritism. However, as parents we can gave teachers gift as without telling our names. Teachers work hard, but the MTC did not fulfilled the purpose to gave them bonus. As BASIS changed MTC to "salary supplement " for all teachers instead of reward for master teachers in 2009, we need to think of a better way to thank our teachers. Anyway, BASIS still use MTC as the title for donation that is a big misleading.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
Our child transferred to Basis from a self-contained program for gifted kids in the PVUSD school system. For the first time since second grade he is fully engaged academically. He (and we) couldn't be happier with the caliber of teachers and curriculum at Basis. Exceptional, cogent, and well-planned on all levels -- a true classical education. The teachers are experts in their respective fields and obviously are passionate about their subjects. Important note: Kids with discipline issues need not bother here; the level of coursework demands focus and maturity. Also, due to its emphasis on student responsibility, this is not a warm/fuzzy school for parents who want to hover (however, there are many social events for parents and kids alike). Basis is a great fit for students with curious minds and a solid work ethic -- they will fit right in (and they'll receive an outstanding education as well).

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
Why is the posting of one star keeping on disappearing? People like to see both sides. I read some reports, and I have to say Basis administrators are not good listeners. Some teachers including directors are green without experience.

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2010
BASIS is good for certain children but not good for others. Some kids are able to get in, accept the rigorous schedule and demands and they are able to shine. There are also students who have got into Basis, who until that point has excelled in other schools, been consistently in gifted programs and exceeded in AIMs but are misfits at Basis. If a child, who has always done reasonably well in other school districts, comes out feeling inadequate and his self-esteem has come down due to Basis-it is time to leave. Basis administrators are not good listeners. We don't want children to feel that they are in a boot camp. They need food for their brain but they also need to feel the sun and the wind and fresh air on their faces. Therefore make sure your child feels good about him or herself. Childhood comes only once.

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2010
It is refreshing to see a school value a teacher by paying them what they are worth. Our Country is so wrapped up in paying Sport figures, Politicians and Celebrities million dollar salaries but when we decide to send our teachers on a vacation with a first class ticket, we complain? Where are the values in our country? This is our first year at BASIS and we are thrilled by the education our children are receiving . . and it is only the fourth week in. I commend BASIS on how they treat their teachers. It is about time.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
My kids had been studied at the gifted program for years. The challenging curriculum brought us to Basis. These two weeks, our kids are very disappointed. The campus is too crowded. Most of the teachers are smart, but some of them really don't know how to teach. School is not well organized. Not just the first day was a compete waste, but also the 2nd day. They couldn't enter the classroom because that the schedule was wrong. In our previous schools, students got their own set of textbooks with no deposit charged. Now we paid the deposit but have to buy two additional sets of textbooks. We can't even check my kids grade online. Technology out of date.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
BASIS is an excellent school. Although challenging & demanding, the students like the teachers. They rise to the occasion and are not afraid of hard work. The environment is a comfortable, small version of your typical middle school. Believe it or not, these are "normal" kids! The extracurricular activities are great; and, yes, they do have time to participate. My child does more art, music and P.E. than any public school! Thank you BASIS!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2010
We have a 7th grade and 5th grade student at Basis. The curriculum is challenging but presented by an amazing staff of teachers. This year my kid s have teachers with degrees from Harvard, Duke, and Yale, among others, as well as teachers that bring real-life work experience in their field to the classroom. I am amazed how much my children learn in such a short time. They hit the ground running and the kids rise to the challenge. The expectations for organization and achievement are clearly laid out by each teacher and if a child is struggling they have tools in place to help them get caught up and back on track. They have a fabulous art program and they are able to take fencing as an extracurricular activity. Basis has met and exceeded our expectations of what we were looking for in education for our children, public or private.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2010
BASIS has a rigorous academic program but is very rewarding for both the students and staff. As long as students have a strong work ethic, they will find BASIS to be challenging but well worth it. BASIS is lucky to have a mix of dedicated and talented teachers, as well as a hard-working and polite student body. It is overall a wonderful and truly unique school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2010
This is a one-of-a-kind treasure for anyone who's kids are interested in learning and knowledge. Slaves to fashion and dedicated athletes may find it less hospitable, though many of the latter do find a very comfortable place at the school also. What you will not find at Basis is Social Promotion (moving someone up with their age group in spite of inadequate achievement) molly coddling, or a great deal of belly aching. You will also likely notice the fact that it is a small school with both the positive and negative attributes this implies; the environment is collegial and supportive, but not everything is clockwork all the time. Do I wish there was a little more stability in staffing? Sure. Could school administration be better at communicating with and supporting parents? Very likely. However, my kids have found nothing even close to the excellence they find here.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2010
The turnover rate at this school is shocking, not only for teachers, but for students as well. Weaker students are weeded out before exam time so their lower scores won't appear in the school's rankings (the only thing administration cares about). Teachers who question their policies are subsequently eliminated. This place is an unethical business, not a school. Stay away!

- submitted by a teacher
August 10, 2010
My son attended a Montessori education through 4th grade and joined BASIS in 5th for what they call "boot camp". The transition from a free-flow environment to a quite rigorous one was challenging for the first few months. I am a single parent and don't get home until dinner time. My son always has all of his homework completed by the time we are ready to sit down for dinner.... which enables us to have a normal, evening. Many students struggle to complete their course work in less than a few hours nightly. It's TOUGH work.... it depends on your student and how you've raised them to work independently and efficiently. My son is in 9th grade this year and will graduate with honors from BASIS with the tools to be an amazing college student. KUDOS BASIS!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2010
Here is what you need to know about BASIS. The school is not for everyone. It is a VERY challenging school and the children are inundated with academic rigger. Don t get me wrong. Any child can succeed at BASIS. The key is hard work, discipline and scheduling. Beginning in 6th Grade, students study three independent science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Concurrently, your child will take math with an expectation of Pre-Algebra by 6th Grade, Algebra I in 7th Grade and Algebra II in 8th Grade. Your child s curriculum will also include classic literature, writing, Social Studies and Language. There is a Fine Arts requirement to include PE, Music or some other elective. My son is in the 8th grade and is doing well. He works hard and puts in a lot of hours studying and preparing for classes. I hope this helps in your decision on choosing BASIS.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2010
We moved here from California two years ago so that our children could attend BASIS. It was the best decision that we have ever made.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
A very challenging school with excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
My daughters teacher is leaving school next year for good but all he does is showing videos to students.He has no interest left in teaching and that is very unprofessional. Seems like no body cares.I am disappointed.School overall is good.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2009
My kids love BASIS because course work is challenging and teachers are inspiring. With discussions, videos and demos, teachers show a connection between classwork and the real world. They have high credentials and are enthusiastic about the subject that they teach, which rubs off on the kids. My son is very much into sports and was hesitant to move here because of the lack of a gym. But, to his pleasant surprise, he found that the school addressed that issue by linking up with local organizations. They have Basketball, Football, Rugby, Volleyball, Tennis teams as well as Fencing and Running Clubs. The award-winning Music program and art are also favorites with my kids. With a curriculum that is the best in the country and an extra-curricular program that is on par with a private school's (without the private school price-tag), my kids are receiving an excellent, well-rounded education at BASIS!

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2009
My daughter is 3 months into the 5th grade at Basis. With my other kids this is the 8th American school with which I have experience as a parent. There is no comparison between Basis and any other public school, charter or otherwise. The education she is receiving is nothing short of phenomenal. I would not have thought it possible, or even reasonable for a 10 year old to learn the stuff she is learning. She already knows FAR more than 99.9% of all Americans about geography, required at Basis but not taught in the majority of elementary schools. The math she is learning approaches 9th grade in most high schools. Latin, classis, english, science, & social studies round things out. Kids who are organized, motivated, pay attention, and have support at home will do well. The opposite is also true; this school is not for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
My son learned more in the past 3 months at BASIS than in the last 3 years! And finally, he's not bored at school. The kids are expected to master material, which makes for a difficult transition for any child who was trained in Scottsdale public schools (where vague recollections will earn you A's). The rule for 5th graders is no more than 1-2 tests a day, so the teachers coordinate the ensure the kids aren't overwhelmed. Kids have ample notice of tests; only super-disoranized kids get slammed. Note that even gifted kids will have to work hard, and learn to be organized, which takes time and can be stressful. But for families who believe a solid education is critical to success, BASIS is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Clearly this school is not for all students. This is my daughters 3rd year. I took her out of the pathetic middle school she was attending so she could get the eduacation, exposure, and challeng she desired for better learning. I am mosted impressed with the teachers ....and the administration as they encourage everyone to think outside the box!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
I've seen just the opposite. My child entered BASIS in 7th Grade. At the beginning she struggled mightily to catch up in the maths and sciences. In each instance, the teachers contacted me, set up times to meet and discuss strategies to help her succeed, and talked about their perceptions of her strengths and weaknesses. There have been a couple of teachers who have not met this high level, but the transition out pretty quickly. It is my belief that over 90% of the teachers sincerely want their students to learn and succeed.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
When we moved to Arizona, our priority was education for our two kids. After doing extensive research, we decided BASIS was far superior than anything we have encountered before. Sure, the work is hard and alot is expected from the students...welcome to the real world. This school is focused on success in college life and the real world afterwards. There is no teacher in college that cares if a parent isn't happy with a certain teaching style and certainly isn't going to cutail his/her lessons to coddle a particular student. The teachers at BASIS are engaging, dynamic and encourage a student to take the lead role in their own lives. It is a students job to be organized, involved and take an active role in their education. We as parents back their efforts and work with our students to help them succeed. We also act as a liason with the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2009
I do not like this school. Some of the teachers think that every one should understand everything 2 min. after they teach. it is certainly a chalenge and i would not reccomend anyone go there.

- submitted by a student
August 03, 2009
As a parent at Basis I was lured in with the promise of an excellent education, but my experience has been that teachers are not held accountable for what they teach or how they teach. Some teachers are excellent, but unfortunately they are overshadowed by the very bad ones. Consistency is lacking in the level and quality of teaching - for example, in middle school sciences the material ranges all the way up to high school and college level and the subjects are often poorly taught by teachers that appear to have no guidance or supervision. This led to massive overwhelm and confusion for my child and I saw many stressed teachers. Since attending Basis, my child changed from being positive and taking pride in school work to being depressed, irritable and having no motivation left, despite getting good grades.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 06, 2009
This school is amazing.....IF you have the right kid for it. Make no mistake: the education is the best you can find in AZ, possibly the country! Do not expect to be a 'stage-parent' Your student is totally responsible for his/her own success. Personally, we like it. My husband and I are both full-time working parents and do not have time to be part-time teachers. Our son is doing great and learning things not available in public schools. Our kid has a well-balanced social-life, but knows that 'learning' is his #1 priority. Basis has been enforcing our philosophy!! Kudos!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2009
Parents considering Basis for their children's education clearly care about their children's education. This school has many good things going for it, which others have described in detail. But be warned, for your child to be happy and successful in this environment, he/she must have an excellent memory and a competitive attitude. Without the memory, you and your child will spent countless hours drilling facts and studying for exams. Without the competitive attitude, your child will not be happy and will very likely flunk out. And even those with a competitive attitude are often upset by the poor grades. Tears and stomach upset are common at this school. Parents are not communicated with and unless the student talks freely at home, will not have any idea of academic problems until report cards come out and it is too late to do anything. The dropout rate is very high here.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
From the other reviews you can tell people either love or hate this school. I haven't met any parents that give anywhere near the glowing reviews of the 5 star people on this page. Make no mistake, BASIS offers a 1st class education if your child is bright and can do 3 to 5 hours of homework a night. This is a tough school - for both students and parents. My child is finishing up 6th grade and is learning 9th grade material in math and science. While this may seem wonderful, I question whether the emotional toll and family stress is worth it. If you don't start your child in 5th (pre 6) grade, it is very difficult to catch up. The school also weeds out students with comprehensive exams that must be passed to move on to the next grade. AIMS is nothing compared to these.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2009
Yes the school is academically challenging and culturally diverse. The teachers are great for the most part, but why do they have such a hard time getting good teachers to stay. The turn-over rate is quite high from what I have seen over the past few years. We will probably move on.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2009
I have a child at BASIS Scottsdale and it is a VERY frustrating experience! If you expect the teachers to communicate with you...forget it! We get the feeling that they allow kids to fail, if they are even close it, instead of trying help at all. If your child needs any type of help or encouragement with schooling...do not expect it from BASIS. We are definitely considering leaving.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
This is a great school that challenges kids to think.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2009
Basis Scottsdale is a wonderful environment for almost any student willing to put in the time and effort to become the best that they can be. Most of the teachers are caring and compassionate and willing to take the extra time with a student if needed. The kids are able to participate in after school activities without a problem. Basis provides many after school opportunities designed for every type of student. Look at the latest newsletter to get an idea of what is offered!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
As a student at BASIS Scottsdale, I believe that this school has one of the best educations you can get any where. I am honored to be a student at BASIS. In my first two weeks at BASIS, i learned more than the entire year i spent at a public high school in the valley. The teachers actually care, and the students are there to support each other.

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2009
This school's education is so much better than any other public school. It gives you a taste of different cultures and ethnic groups that you can rarely find at any other school.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2009
We have an 11th grader and 7th grader at BASIS Scottsdale. The education is better than the NYC private school I attended. Neither of them are 'gifted' but they are getting so much out of their BASIS education. This is our youngest's 3rd year--the connections he makes between disciplines and his interest in the world at large is because BASIS makes it cool to want to learn. His organizational and study skills are amazing, especially for a 12 year old boy. He has plenty of time to socialize. We don't really care about grades because nothing is more important than learning and loving to learn. Our 11th grader is in her second year. She thrives on the challenge and still has time to keep up with her acting. It's not a warm and fuzzy school and doesn't offer the extras but it's a great place for the right kid.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
Basis is am outstanding school that provides an excellent education for the motivated student. I have Three children at Basis each of whom is thriving. I have taken the time to read each of the entries submitted up to this point in time and my observation is that those students, or parents' of students, who struggle with the curiculum write negative reviews. This would hold true for any school anywhere in this country. This school is not for every student: however if your child is motivated or you are a motivated student, THIS IS THE BEST SCHOOL for you/or your children in Arizona. There is no perfect teacher, student, or curricum. Basis comes close. Most of the teachers are outstanding. The administration remains true to the pursuit of the best education for each student. The students who thrive and are engaged are a terrific peer goup for any thoughtful motivated student.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
I have been attending BASIS for three years now, and I have found myself learning more here than at any other school I have attended. It is a given that I have had to put in effort to maintain high averages in all my classes, but I still have time for other activities every day. Earlier this year, I attended another great school whose location was more convenient for us. I liked this school just as much as BASIS, but found that I needed a more challenging curriculum that can only be found at BASIS. Now I am back at BASIS, and after missing nearly two grading periods, have caught up in all my classes, thanks to the help of all of the great teachers at the school. As long as you can stay organized and pay a great deal of attention in class, the curriculum is very manageable.

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2009
It was great! it was wonderful to have more of a challenge given to me. I really enjoy the variety and intelligence of the students. Also, I find that I am more interested in REAL subjects. I am so glad I came here.

- submitted by a student
December 21, 2008
It was quite an adjustment to make from our neighborhood public school. We hired a tutor during the summer just to pass the math entry exam and keeping this tutor as a supplement to understanding the advanced cirriculum as well as taking advantage of teacher office hours before and after school. Our kids grades were still low. Upper school must take electives either before or after school, forcing siblings/carpool kids to go to the early bird program. This makes for a long 9 hour day. Must practice memory and good test taking skills. Definitely not for every kid or family. Our kids really hated Basis. There is some bullying and superiority, especially if you are not 'smart'. Teachers are a bit bizzare. Administration good but religious about their European philosophy. We are leaving. You either love it or hate it. You either fit in or you don't.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 27, 2008
Basis is a really good school, but it is very easy to fail if you don't study very hard. Some of the teachers don't know what they are teaching and blame the students if they fail.

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 19, 2008
I go to BASIS Scottsdale and enjoy it very much. You have to work hard to succeed but also have a lot of fun. The teachers are very experienced in their subjects, and we learn many things that we wouldn't at other schools. The standards higher, but you adjust to the school slowly and you can keep up if you work a bit harder. I have managed to get all as and I think most people can too. Bonus: 100 % of Basis students in my grade met or exceeded AIMS standards.

- submitted by a student
August 25, 2008
The Basis system of education is for kids who are ready to put in a lot of work. The subjects are taught at a much higher level. It is a paradigm shift from the education at some of the public schools- don't go in thinking that your kid will be given accolades for everything- if they work hard, they are recognized. it does not 'weed out' the average student-the system is qite rigid and some kids don't perform well under constraints. It has worked well for my daughter so far. The main problem I have is the lack of extra-curriculars.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2008
Most of the criticism of Basis comes from the fact that parents say the work load is too much, and that their kids have no time for a social life. Here's the thing: I'm a student at Basis Scottsdale, yet I go to see movies, surf the web, watch TV, play sports, and hang out with all of my friends a lot. And I still manage to almost always get A s. And I m definitely not the only kid who does this. Am I a genius? No. Am I extremely talented? Not really. Look, parents if your kid isn t getting A's, it's not the schools fault. It's the kids. If so many kids can do this and excel why can t they? No, it's not easy, but that's what Basis is about--the challenge. If Basis were easy, would we be one of the best schools in Arizona? In the nation? No.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 16, 2008
Basis has offered our daughter an excellent education this past year - her first at the school. We had serious concerns about the level of education in the valley until we found Basis. Our daughter was challenged intellectually in each and every class, stimulated to think far outside the box, and expected to challenge herself each day. We have a tremendous respect for the teachers and for the culture of education that pervades Basis.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
We found that BASIS provided our child the most critical aspects of a great education - a wide spectrum of knowledge and understanding, an uncompromising demand for excellence from herself, and a challenging and intellectually stimulating learning environment. Kudos to all of your teachers!

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June 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2008
Our kids have surprised us with just how much they can learn and achieve academically by attending BASIS - the best move we could've ever made. We can't say enough about the teachers or thank them enough, and the school as a whole - we are fortunate to have this school in Scottsdale, it will be the envy of other public schools in the state and serves as an incredible example of what a school should be...plus there is still always time for after school activities. Our kids have never spent hours on homework, they learn to do their work at school so that they are not overloaded at home. It's an A+++ education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2008
basis is a pretty good school academically but there is a clique problem. Its hard to fit in there. You get judged very easily. Most teachers are nice. Its a hard school but if you are rrready for a challenge then basis is the place for you.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 29, 2008
Not all schools fit all students. I believe in academics but the drill and kill method makes for some really unhappy students. I am not sure but children need to be children and going home to hours and hours of homework robs these children of their development. I have seen students stress over grades and even develop ulcers. If the parents want to spend every night with their students and have the time and devotion to help their kids succeed then Basis is a great school for those that have above intelligence. The average student will be weeded out anyway.

- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2008
The students are great at BASIS. As a staff member I enjoy being to push the students and having them respond accordingly. I do not think that BASIS is right for every student and the student needs to be highly motivated and excited to learn in order to keep up. If the student has that motivation they will enjoy BASIS

- submitted by a teacher
March 26, 2008
I am pulling my son out of Basis for 7th grade. He has been at the school for 2 years now. I was very upset when he informed me that it was 'ok' to miss two of his classes as all they do is take notes and he can get them from a friend. I do not consider teaching just giving the kids notes and then testing them on them. I am very disappointed in his experience there this year. I wish I had made this decision and pulled him out this year!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
January 30, 2008
BASIS Scottsdale is a wonderful school! My children are achieving very fast and actually learning important things!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 14, 2007
I have one child at Basis in 5th grade and he enjoys it completely. He was in gifted programs at SUSD but the environment at Basis is so much more stimulating. I have seen tremendous improvement in his writing skills and am impressed by what he learns in art and music. THe school is not for every child or parent. They move very fast and your child needs to be motivated and bright to keep up. They also do not want parents who want to tell them how to do everything. I think that this is where some of the negative comments might stem from. Parents should visit the school as should students before you enroll. It is an amazing place and I love the teachers and administrators and am glad we can be a part of it. It is a private school education without a $10,000 tuition bill.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2007
We moved my daughter from private school to Basis this year because she was lacking a challenge. She is certainly challenged now in 6th Grade at Basis. She loves her teachers and regularily attends their study sessions offerred after school. She continues to participate in her extracurricular activities 4 days a week. It is difficult at times for her to keep up with the pace but she appreciates the opportunity to attend such a rigorous academic program therefore my husband and I do not pressure her for top grades. We know that she is learning more than any program we have reviewed in the Valley. We are relieved to take on a new role at home. Instead of constantly supplementing her education and frequently visiting campus we now only need to help her prioritize her time and keep her on task. Thank you Basis!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
BASIS is phenomenal. Our children are receiving an education that is second to none. Most of the teachers and administrators are very caring and will bend over backwards to help your child succeed. The secret to success here is a child willing to work hard for a good education. This is a school that is not right for every child. Our children work independently and do very well. They by no means cram for tests, and I am always amazed by how much information they retain throughout the year. They do work hard, but they reap the rewards as well. I have recommended this school to many people and will continue to do so.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
I agree that the teachers are enthusiastic, and that the kids learn more than they ever would at public school. But, I have been at the school several years, and if you think 5th and 6th grade is a good indicator of how rigorous it is, you have not seen anything yet! Unless you don't care about the grades your kids receive,there is no way you will be able to continue to have 2 hours after school everyday not devoted to studies.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
I have two children in grades 5 and 6 at BASIS and cannot find enough good things to say about this school. It is focused where it needs to be: academic excellence in a challenging curriculum. I find the teachers incredible motivated, highly educated and truly 'jazzed up' to be teaching. My children are certainly challenged, but the world is only getting more competitive so they need the high standards that BASIS is setting. While this is certainly not an easy school, it is by no means oppressive in its workload. My children still participate 4 days a week for about two hours after school on a sports team, get their homework done and still have time to catch the occasional episode of Hannah Montana!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2007
I have a 7th grade child at Basis who is overwhelmed by the workload. The teacher's appear to be well educated but lack teaching skills or a curriculum that they are required to follow. We often must go to the internet to supplant the daily ramblings of the teachers in order to make sense of what it is the student is required to know. The Textbooks have been scarce and rarely can one be brought home to in order to study. We have spent hundreds on buying our own to keep at home and also recommend purchasing Dummies for Chemistry, Physics, Grammar et al. This is a great school if you are a parent who wants to home school your child for 3-5 hours at night and then send them to school for 7 hours hours during the day.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
Basis is providing our son with an exceptional learning opportunity. He is now in 6th grade and he continues to excel and enjoy the experience. Our son has always loved to learn and received a great education at Mission Montessori. We reviewed our options for a middle school and determined Basis was our best fit. We don't spend very much time with our son and his homework, we think that the homework is his responsibility. Our son is learning a lot from this school and he doesn't find the workload too taxing. I would recommend this school to any student that has a thirst for learning and is able to handle the workload. Academically I think they are the best we have seen. Although the extracurricular activities are limited, they more than meet our needs. We are thankful that Basis exists for our son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2007
The teachers seem to be pretty good, but the administration is absolutely lacking. I have sent many e-mails to both administrators and have not gotten any replies - after four weeks!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
Parent involvement is not desired by the administration. Administration's attitude is: Do it my way or hit the highway! Totally agree with parent that stated administration only wants to hear positive things, they ignore any criticism.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
We are a new BASIS Scottsdale family, and my daughter in 8th grade and my son in 6th grade are thoroughly loving their new school. They come home every day with fun stories about how great their teachers are, and how much they are liking their classes. They already have plenty of homework, and get right to it. My children are definately enjoying the challenge, and their new teachers. So far BASIS gets all five stars!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2007
Although we understand how difficult a move is, the administration has dropped the ball one too many times. Basis is no longer a school where smart kids go to take refuge and simply learn; it seems like it's turning into the same kind of public

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
Very challenging environment for the students, but the teachers are -with few exceptions- missing in action. Kids only succeed if the parents are working for hours each day with the kids, and helping them to prepare for the frequent tests, the mid-terms and the final comps. The administration does not appreciate parent involvement: Any comment, suggestion or criticism is flat out ignored , unless it is flattering for the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2007
I'm currently a freshman at the basis upper school and find it to be quite hard. The things you learn there are things you need to learn. In eigth grade I had the chance to participate in the school band and although I thought it was kind a pain in the butt becase it required that you get up at five in the morning, I still learned alot just by playing with other musicians. I also had the pleasure of getting into Mr. Crow's guitar class and although I knew everthing that was being taught, I still got to learn alot by actually becoming a teacher my self and show my fellow students some techniques that I had come to pick up in the years of guitar that I had taken. Anyway it is a fantastic school, believe me this is my third year.

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
I am a student at BASIS and think that BASIS is an amazing school. During the year, we focused on a rigourous curriculum. Memorization never worked at BASIS because the entire cirriculum was based off of ideas that we had to understand and process. I've been here since 6th prep and I don't even consider leaving, not even for high school.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2006
We left because we refused to become helicopter parents. My children were independent learners before and after BASIS; the BASIS experience was an interlude that fostered self doubt and insecurity due to the uneven curriculum and stress level in some of the classrooms (not only for the students, but apparently for the teachers). We have found it better to allow our children to 'bloom along the way' rather than pursuing a forced upward ascent in the narrow confines and relentless pace that BASIS aspires to. We did not compromise academics when we left BASIS but we did gain balance so that all of our children's subjects are taught at an acceptable level all the time and they are taught at school!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
Basis Scottsdale prides itself on high test scores. The administration is rigid. There is no tolerance for children who are not traditional learners. A lot of memorization with little real thought.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2006
I am currently a freshman attending public school, and it is obvious that my current teachers, curriculum, and social life are nothing compared to what I had during my three years at BASIS. My teachers worked hard to help me to comprehend the material in the easiest way possible. The curriculum was based on the maximum of what the students could learn and enjoy, rather than the minimum of what is required. And I did not 'lose' my social life at BASIS. I actually enjoyed it much more. A family was created, and the environment was very calm and welcoming. If you are looking for a place to excel and to enjoy what you are doing, this is the place for you. =]

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2006
Being a former student, all I can talk about is how much I miss Basis. Basis provided me not only with a wonderful education, but also a family. I received a 5 on an AP exam in freshman year because of basis. No other school even offers AP classes until junior year; moreover, I m sure that you already know that the academics at basis surpass other schools, and I don t need to delve any deeper in that subject. The other subject that needs no discussion is the lack of extra curricular activities. They re working on it. The area in which most parents worry is the social scene, since the academics are so rigorous. And I can tell you that your social life evolves into something much better at basis. I know you laugh, but trust me. Nothing beats friends that fight with you. And, better yet, at Basis, teachers are also friends.

- submitted by a former student
November 14, 2006
Basis Scottsdale is one of the only good schools in Arizona. The public school system in Arizona is ranked low, but Basis is an exception. It encourages students to learn the material and the teachers are always willing to help. One thing I noticed is that a lot of the good teachers left at the end of last year. However, the academic program, with the teacher's amazing skills and hands on labs that we never would have experienced, still stands strong. The kids at Basis are nice and are willing to welcome new students. My experince as the 'new kid' at Basis was very good and it set a great foundation for the rest of my education.

- submitted by a former student
November 09, 2006
Teachers are overworked. They want to take the time to help students but have too many classes to teach. They would like to keep parents up to date, but the administration does not allow the posting of homework or grades. I think this takes 'student responsibility' too far. The pace is too fast. Parents should not think however that the teachers are mean. If you want a challenging curriculum, this is a good place, but just know that the teachers do not have extra time to do some of the things that some middle school parents expect. Final word: The AIMS scores speak for themselves. Education is happening at BASIS, but it is difficult, and not for everyone.

- submitted by a teacher
October 13, 2006
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- submitted by a student
September 26, 2006
If you want your child in an environment where critical thinking -- versus rote learning -- is truly valued, then Basis Scottsdale is awesome. Bear in mind that not all children will be successful at Basis, since planning, organization, focus, and dedication -- on a daily basis -- are pre-requisites to success at this school. Kids are taught how to organize themselves and their work. Follow-through is expected. Homework every night is the norm, rather than the exception. Kids who wait until the last possible moment to cram for a test are likely to fail miserably. The Saxon Math program, in particular, is outstanding! The teachers are bright, educated, and committed professionals. The academic curriculum is without parallel in public schools and mirrors the educational opportunities (latin, chinese, etc.) found only in upper echelon private schools. This is a great place for serious students (and their parents).

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2006
I was a student at Basis for two years. I worked to excel in all of my academic subjects; Basis made me believe that my math and science skills were accelerated but now that I attend another school I realize that I am not ahead of my peers. I did a lot of memorizing for tests at Basis but I never retained the information. I have had to relearn some of the math skills because I didn't truly understand the concepts. At Basis math is taught in a narrow structure but out in the real world you have to be able to apply what you have learned. The math was fast paced and very sloppy. My grades were good but my level of understanding was very poor. Now I am struggling to get to a level of understanding equal to my peers.

- submitted by a former student
August 30, 2006
Basis Scottsdale is in a word 'terrific'. It was not designed to appease every child or every parent. Don't take the negative comments too seriously, they often come from parents of kids who perhaps were better suited for a more traditional environment. A fit issue. We have always found the teachers and administration to be respectful. In comparison to the circus atmosphere found at most area middle schools, Basis offers a welcome change. If you are concerned about a safe and academically challenging environment, Basis is the place.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2006
If you feel like you want more of challenge in school, this school is for you. After attending this school for 2 years, it hasn't been a wonderful experience but it wasn't the worst. It is challenging and you have to work hard, but that necessarily isn't a good thing. Most of the time you are worried on getting that 'A' and end up cramming all the information in one night. Unfortunately, this school encourages 'lecture lecture lecture test, lecture lecture lecture test' so at such a fast pace and no hands on activities(which they frown upon) you never really get to understand the concepts completely. After the tests are over most people forget the concepts because they are forced to move on to the next topic.Don't go here all 4 years, it's going to be hard to adjust from a school w/200ppl,50 each grade to one w/2000,500 each grade.

- submitted by a former student
July 13, 2006
This will be our 3rd year at Basis with 2 children. Neither one is gifted but are average students with different learning styles. This school has been great for each of them - one pushes herself and the other needs to be pushed. Neither one is overly stressed with the tests or comps. We see the teachers/administration to be very concerned about the quality of education and treating our kids as individuals. Teachers have gone out of their way to help them succeed and have encouraged them to take responsibility for their own learning. This education is setting them up to be life long learners. We are fortunate to have this available in our community.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2006
My daughter spent 6th and 7th grade at BASIS. Withdrew her in 8th grade. Lack of respect of students and teachers. Disregard for students who do not excel. Pressure to excel is too much for this age group. English and History were neglected due to the emphasis on Math and Science. Memorization of details in all subjects rather than understanding of concepts. Teaching to the test is common. Social aspects of middle school students ignored. Twenty minutes for lunch and no other breaks. Not a happy environment. Owners interested in making a name for themselves and not interested in the students and their issues. No communication from administration and poor communication from the teachers to the parents. My daughter lost her love of learning and her creativity.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2006
The school exceeds our expectations academically.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2006
We left the school after two years. Major textbook changes were made each year. The school seems to be searching for the best curriculum to produce superior test scores and science bowl sound bytes - not necessarily the best education for students overall development. My child summed up the experience with these words 'I crammed for the test and got a good grade then forgot most of what I learned and had to study like crazy for the pre-comps and comps'. I believe this description accurate for my child and most of the others I knew while at this school. Parents will (if they want their child to stay in this school and pass his or her classes) become very well educated here by helping their children study for tests. I felt I had to dig for the education amongst the test prep.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Our child was in the 'gifted program' at SUSD and began Basis in 6 grade - enjoyed it immensely. She enjoyed being with students who ENJOYED learning and new challenges. Latin in 6 grade gave her the foundation for the scientific vocabulary she is learning in Chem, Bio and Physics. Remember, the state of AZ is 43rd in nation for test scores; Basis doesn't just compare itself wi/state schools - its students have qualified and competed in Regional and National contests in Science Bowl (winning the Regionals in Texas last year) and doing well at Nationals in Colo. The band competes every year in Calif. and either places 1st or in the 'Excellent' category for small bands. The students absorb so much from meeting other students on a national level, and are thus able to see where the REAL competition is for HS/college. LOVE of LEARNING BEGINS at BASIS.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
Excellent math and sciences academic programs. Music excellent, art and sports poor. Parents involvement excellent.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2005
It is early in the school year, and with Basis being such a highly academic school there has been some adjustment. This is not a school for a child that is not willing to do at the least 1 hour of homework per night. The average is 1.5 hours if using proper time management. Overall we could not be happier with the challenging curicullum. There extra-curicular courses are in need of organization and in many cases particpation. Basis is for the child that wants and needs to be challanged and can find physical activity and interests outside the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
Our son just finished his 2nd year at BASIS and we couldn't be more pleased. The staff was excellent - bright, fair, articulate and the curriculum rich. Our son's self confidence is high because he actually earned his grades as opposed to being given his grades. We have been so happy with this school that we daily travelled quite a distance to have him attend BASIS resulting in a one way morning communte that usually took minimally 45 minutes. I would highly recommend this school to parents who are serious about academics and want their middle schooler to leave 8th grade more than adequately prepared for high school and life. However, if this is not the primary goal for your child then I would suggest looking elsewhere for your child's education. Academics, hard work and high expectations constitute the focus of this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
Basis is an excellent school. The academic bar is set very high and each student is given guidance to reach that bar.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
We have been at Basis for 2 years, as we chose the school for their academic program. We have been extremely disappointed this year. The school's vision and goals are noteworthy. Their teaching style is not. There is a lack of respect by the administration and several teachers. Many are unapproachable and unavailable when help is needed. Some teacher's methods included intimidation and put downs. We don't feel that they have an understanding of age appropriate learning or the adolescent mind. As stated earlier, we chose the school for academic reasons, welcoming the advanced curriculum. However, advanced students still need guidance, respect, direction and teaching methods that are age appropriate. We could not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
The school is a quality school. I do feel that the emphasis on english and reading is not up to the standards of the math and science.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
This is my child's second year at BASIS. It, overall, has been a good experience. My child is certainly accountable for all her work. She communicates well and respects her teachers. My only disappointment has been with the English curriculum. I am sad to say there is just not enough emphasis put on the my child's writing skills, more emphasis on reading comprehension. Yes she writes in many of her other classes, i.e. Chemistry, History, etc. However, these teachers do not emphasize grammar and spelling and structure. Content is certainly more important, as it should be. My daughter has lost her ability to write creatively and fluently.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 08, 2005
Basis Scottsdale is an excellent school for parents looking to give their children the best academic opportunities. The curriculum has a strong emphasis in the sciences and math, offering physics, chemistry and biology. The class sizes are small (approximately 22 students per class). The Teachers are very proactive and take time to offer tutoring both before and after school. I feel the philosphy of the school is to ensure the students are learning, and not just memorizing. This is supported by the pre-comp and comprehensive exams given at mid and end of year. I am very pleased with the school's mission and only wish the high school was not privatized.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 16, 2005
This school provided my child with a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2004
A great school based on academics. They have high expectations of their students and the students generally rise to the occasion. It's a safe school where you won't worry about your child being bullied or teased. The kids look out for one another and the teachers put their students first. The administration are caring and are concerned about your child's advancement and well being. They are totally involved with my child's education and advancement. It's been the best school either of my children have attended

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2004
My children had a wonderful challenging year at Basis Scottsdale. They learned more than ever before, worked harder than ever and gained a sense of what it means to be in an academically competitive school. There is no grade inflation here. Parents and children at this school must work together to manage time and commitments so that students have adequate study time at home. The homework is not busy work - it is studying and mastering the material to be learned; students are not only tested at the time the material is taught, they must pass comprehensive exams at the end of the year to earn promotion. The school is off to a great start. My children have attended top rated public and private schools in the past but BASIS is the best educational experience they've had. We are looking forward to another great year!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2004
We had a very positive experience at Basis during its first year in Scottsdale. There were a few bumps in the road in the beginning of the school year, but they worked through them and ended the year on a high note. From an academic standpoint the school excelled. We think there is room for improvement in discipline enforcement, and also in teacher-student interaction. Most teachers were outstandanding, but at times others could be cold and somewhat uncaring. We would definitely recommend this school to any parents looking for a well-rounded, superior education for their child. We are confident that our children will be well prepared for college when the time comes.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2004
If you are looking for a great school to challange your childs academic ability, this is the place. After its first year in completion its 8th grade class of the 2003-2004 year graduated successfully. They don't have that many after school programs but they offer a great foundation for your childs high school years.

- submitted by a former student
May 21, 2004
I am most impressed by the teachers at BASIS Scottsdale. They are able to take an accelerated curriculum and break it down into managable chunks that the children can understand. The teachers are always available for questions and genuinely want the kids to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
A new school to Scottsdale in fall 2003, it opened in temporary location at SCC Airpark in August and moved to permanent location in December. My childs' class is small, 18, and they lost several students over the course of the year. Morale is very low and the students felt overwhelming pressure at mid-term comprehensives. Things improved in Spring as teachers changed and expectations were adjusted but it was too late. A survey in January showed that only 2% of 8th grade students had any interest in returning to the school for the next school year. The plans for opening a high school were changed and the eighth grade parents were notified in early February - after the deadlines for admission to most high schools in the area. 3 teachers are great, academic levels are high, social and afterschool activites minimal.

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BASIS Scottsdale 10th grade students earned a 100% pass rate on the 2010 AIMS Science exam (BASIS Tucson was the only other school in the state to share this distinction). In fact, 92 percent of BASIS Scottsdale 10th graders EXCEEDED state standards on the 2010 AIMS Science exam compared with only 27 percent of students statewide. 100 percent of BASIS Scottsdale 8th grade students also passed the AIMS Science exam and 99 percent of those students EXCEEDED state standards on the AIMS Science exam compared with only 33 percent of students statewide. BASIS Scottsdale students had the highest overall 2010 AIMS scores in the following grade levels: 5th, 7th (tied), 8th (tied), 10th (tied). Moreover, 100% of BASIS Scottsdale students passed the 2010 AIMS exam in the following subjects and grade levels: 7th grade math, 8th grade math, 10th grade math, 6th grade reading, 7th grade reading, 8th grade reading, 10th grade reading, 5th grade writing, 7th grade writing, 10th grade writing, 8th grade science, and 10th grade science.

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Basis Scottsdale
11440 N. 136th Street, Scottsdale, AZ  85259
(480) 451-7500
Last modified Basis Scottsdale is a Charter school that serves grades 5-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Basis Scottsdale Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 170 reviews. Top