I'm a senior at BASIS and to no small degree, I owe who I am to this school. Yes, it gets stressful. Yes, the workload is heavy. But the support is amazing. The teachers are not only well-educated and talented, they are caring. They see their students as individuals. The student body itself is the most diverse and unified one I have encountered. If one is willing to put in the hours, the benefits reaped will be great.
Basis is solely academic - their program includes a phenomenal classical education, however there is not much soul there. I don't agree that parents are involved, or even invited to do more than help them raise money. The school rigidly requires all students to take the same curriculum, so very bright children feel stifled, just kept busy. There is not a respect for the individual, so kids learn to be obedient but not to think for themselves. It likely develops successful white collar workers, however it does not seem to us to be a leadership development school. If the same curriculum were provided with kindness and flexibility this would be a truly great school. Their motto on a recent brochure said 'we don't get good students, we make them.' They have the blank slate view of children, which creative and self-assured kids and their parents find a bit off-putting.
Ive noticed that some others don't like Basis because they think it pushes their student so hard; let me tell you this, it only pushes them to hard, but let me tell you this, it doesn't push kids that hard at all, its just all about the attitude, if a kid doesn't want to learn, they will have a cruddy time at Basis, it just all depends on how they think about learning. Some kids don't want to learn, and parents send their kids to a better school than what they were at before, expecting their child to do better in school than before. Ill tell you what, that is not the truth, Basis is not a correctional facility, and isn't meant to help kids get their act together. so please, dont send your kid here unless you think they can take alot of work, and still like it. -A Student
This school is great if your child does not need to be taught. If your child is an excellent test taker and memorizer than this school is great and the school will love your child. It will increase their numbers for AP. If your child actually needs to be taught the school will not do it. They will just encourage your child to hate school!
My son has been here since sixth grade. He is now in seventh grade. He has been happy here and feels proud to be learning at such a high level for someone his age (Latin, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra!). He was a poor student last year when he first started and Basis worked hard to teach him how to be a pretty good student. Their standards are high, but I believe most kids, even 'average' students will rise to the occasion.
Curriculum is excellent on paper and my child was notably learning at an accelerated pace, however, she became quickly depressed as the academic demands quickly killed her joy of learning. She had to quit being a little kid and learn to work like a grad student... It was really sad. Teachers were not helpful and the rigid 'office hours' were only useful for non-working parents. Communication between school and home was terrible. The school was not 'warm' and I was not allowed to drop in to visit without an appointment. There were also a ton of hidden fees for everything the school 'offered', that left those of lower SES excluded. Finally, there was a terrible air of snobbery among the student population in general. The cliques were ruthless and learned quickly that money and status 'set them 'above' the rest'. Sorry... I didn't think it was worth it.
this is a great school.it challenges you as well as encourages you.i went here 2 years ago and i learned more in one year than i had in about three or four years at a public school.very friendly students and staff.i just wish that it was bigger and that there was a school lunch.lots of homework and rotating classes but an excellent school.
Im a 7th grade student at BASIS, and I love it here. It's challenging, and the teachers are wonderful. The students are really kind also.
i go here and its great! we are all smart and on the same level of learning. i would reccomend this school to everyone!!!
Basis school is great. My daughter is in 5th grade and she is so very happy. The teachers are fantastic my girl tells me she has learned more in 2 months than she did in 5 years at public school. I was worried she would miss her friends but she has totally shocked us very very happy I would not change anything the leadership at the school is 100% the children are very happy and excited about school. If I was you go and check it out the school is great. Go Basis
Basis Tucson is a great school. My son is finally being challenged as well as encouraged. The teachers are fantastic and I have to admit he is a better person since he started this year. A++
This school has been a big improvement over the expensive private school where our child went to previously. It does sort of indulge in 'extreme academics' but our kid is learning so much and is much happier here so far. Maybe there's a method to all this.
My child has just started at Basis in 6th grade. So far, I am sad to say I am unimpressed with the teachers at this school. They seem very detached and committed to being 'tough' with no regard to the individual student. My child is an excellent student with amazing test scores. Academically, he is doing very well and getting very good grades. However, after visiting the school for open house - I found the teachers very self absorbed about 'their credentials' and found very few of them had actual teaching experience at this grade level. So far - there are minimal extra-curricular activities and as of October, no orchestra for those students who don't want to be in band. Not sure if the school is worth the hype.
We have two students at basis. One began in 7th grade and just completed 9th grade; the other began in 6th grade and just completed 7th grade. This is an amazing school. The administration has created a curriculum that far exceeds state standards and that competes with, if not exceeds, top national schools/standards. The introduction of pure algebra based physics, chemistry, and introductory biology in middle school allows students to acquire an ability that is often left undeveloped in public and private schools (our children attended both). The literature and humanities department provides an amazing program that covers college level material. The teachers are extremely dedicated, providing teacher hours to students for extra help and detailed feedback on english papers. The students develop both responsibility and high work ethics as a result of this curriculum. Extracurricular activities such as music, an excellent theatre program, an art studio,& some sports are provided.
The No Child Left Behind Act should be renamed, No Child Shall Exceed. BASIS expectations are high and they want each and every student to succeed. Tutoring, extra credit assignments, and student-teacher office hours are provided to allow the students to receive extra help in they need. My 6th grade son is about to finish up his first year at BASIS. He has had an extraordinary year. He has been pushed academicallly, something that rarely happened in TUSD. The teachers as well as the administrators are very approachable. Problems are dealt with immediately. I do not have enough good words to describe my son's experience at BASIS.
BASIS is definitely a welcome addition to Tucson. Our daughter started in the 5th grade at BASIS this year. The greater homework load and math practice is a welcome change from public schools and is necessary. Math takes practice to learn. BASIS is doing an excellent job in this area. The other subjects are also challenging for both students and parents - a welcome challenge. Regardless of how good the school is, parents must be involved in their students education. The emphasis on other subjects such as geography and history is great. Having daily P.E. is also a plus for exercising the body as well as the mind. Using karate or any martial art is one of the best ways to give a child physical exercise, discipline and a sense of personal achievement and worth. Good choice. I highly recommend BASIS for Tucson parents sincerely concerned about their child's education.
Halfway into his first year at Basis, our fifth grader couldn't be happier. He was sad to leave the beautiful grounds and friends and teachers of his private school, but he loves the carefully interwoven curriculum at Basis, especially the class discussions and projects. He considers some of his teachers this year his 'best ever' and is already sad to think about their classes ending in May. As for the diverse student body, which represents a cross section of Tucson, he says that 'All the kids are nice. There aren't any bullies.' It's wonderful for parents to get that feedback! It's also wonderful for us as parents to experience the responsiveness of the teachers and the accessibility of the administration. Communication works well through e-mail and after-school conferences. Basis sets its standards high, but never stops caring. For those interested in a stimulating approach to learning, Basis is a gift to Tucson.
My son started at BASIS this fall with the new 5th grade class. So far, it has met and exceeded every expectation for a rigorous, interesting, thoughtful educational experience. In 5th grade there is PE and music every day, plus Humanities, Geography, Language Arts, Math, and Science. There are rules and they are followed. No more unruly children taking all the teacher's time! Multiple sports are offered after school (soccer, track, basketball, volleyball), plus Science Bowl club, Chess club, and Drama club. The 5th grade chess club has won the last two K-6 meets in Tucson. Kids come from all over Tucson and are motivated to learn. It isn't for everyone: kids do need to be bright and motivated. But for those who haven't been challenged previously in elementary school--this is the school for them. I highly recommend it.
BASIS School's purpose is to maximize the potential of every child, and to graduate the most educated students possible. This school makes no bones about it: they are here to educate and inspire, they are looking for motivated, hard working response from the students and grades reward the child accordingly. BASIS is not afraid to reward hard work with good grades; it is also not afraid to fail those who are not performing. By the time BASIS grads get to college, they will be the best prepared of anyone. The curriculum is excellent and intense, the teachers are highly qualified, the social structure among the students is based upon admiration for excellence and there is no bullying that we have seen. We are thankful for BASIS as a haven of intensive education and pure retention of the performance-reward system.
While the curriculum looks good on paper, the method of teaching is is not condusive to deep learning. Many subjects are covered, at an accelerated pace, but there is no time to investigate or 'dig deeper'. Just memorize it for the quiz.
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