My kids are being pushed way too hard! Teachers are so strict! Sure, teaching skills are great! But no recess, no field trips, no nothing! Kids learn at their own pace, not what these stuck up teachers tell them to!
We are currently attending BASIS Tucson. It has been a phenomenal experience. There are amazing teachers and educationally rigorous classes. While attending BASIS we have been given the tools to excel in many subjects, that are not typically necessary until a student has reached college education. Overall, it has been a very inspirational for our future ambitions and dreams as young adults. One of the best schools anyone could ever attend, we strongly recommend it to any aspiring students.
Academically fantastic; lacking in soul. The school's structure makes it really hard to get to know the teachers, and the rigorous program gives short shrift to other important matters pertaining to a well-rounded education, such as creativity and empathy for others. Imagination tends to be swallowed here by the frantic pace of the academic curriculum. My child is here because the closest alternative is woefully inadequate, and I'm grateful overall for the high expectations and quality instruction. However, I feel that BASIS does not necessarily a happy, balanced kid make. It values academic achievement to the detriment of emotional and social intelligence, and many of the teachers ignore or fail to recognize a hierarchical, intolerant, and often cruel undercurrent among the kids. (I think BASIS assumes, mistakenly, that it is immune to this common Middle School problem.) In a nutshell: great education; very one-dimensional; a little cold.
My child has developed a sense of responsibility and matured considerably in the short time he's been at Basis. The quality of the teaching staff and curriculum is evident.
This is a great school to have your child into, but my kid needed extra help, otherwise he could not survive the high speed at which the teachers go. For my child, Kumon on Oracle Rd helped a lot and I strongly recommend it if you want results.
As a parent of a new student, I have to say that Basis is a whole different world from the school he came from. Rote learning, flash cards, 2 hours of worksheet homework a night, where as at his previous school there were projects, investigational learning, creativity was encouraged and the parents were welcome. 'Open house' for me said it all. Parents were herded into a small room to sit for 2 hours while teacher after teacher presented without any time for parent's questions. In the past, we were welcomed into classrooms to see our student's work and explore his world at school. There were parents and teachers sharing ideas and smiles. Kids played and were excited to show us everything. If the 'Open House' is any indication of how my child is being educated (sitting and listening), then it is not worth it.
Follow uo on before alot of my friends are scared to tell there parents how they feel cause thye feel they are letting them down which is rubbish to me but that is the presure we are under.I just wish we had a teachersomone we can go too and let it out we tell our parents they get upset i dont know i just wish they had more of a guidance system for us.Basis is good if your a good test taker wish me luck for high school
have a child at BASIS 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.
WOW! this school rocks, nice kids, dedicated staff, and some wacky times...........
I have been going to BASIS for years and one thing has become apparently clear to me during that time, BASIS is not a school for the weak, the timid, or the insecure. The students and teachers are on a level most of the parents can't even understand and a student's voice is key to the educational journey. If you are considering BASIS, I advise you assist your child in anyway you can, but overall, their education MUST be their decision at all times, if they want to leave and have a valid reason to, they should be allowed to. Though BASIS is a wonderful resource for hard-working, gifted students, it isn't for everyone, and that needs to be taken into consideration.
Basis is a good school but there is little time for family and sports with the amount of homework .I personally feel there is so much competition between kids and that is sad after all it is a good school and all the kids should be awarded for hard work my daughter is in 7th grade and she had done 3 years and now very burned out i dont know about 8th grade i wnat her to havea life also and by the way i think hard work is good but she is only 12 and we are both lawyers we just want our kids happy
Basis is a good school my son is in 6th grade and for the last 6 months i have been concerned about the science part .Today he arrives home with letter saying basis made a mistake and has been teaching the wrong sylibus .My son is upset and we are also it the school year is nearly over and we feel we have wasted all this time not happy father here what now
I have been going to BASIS for several years and those years have been the highlight of my education. People think that if you go to BASIS you have no fun on the weekends and you dont have life but you do and a great one at that. At BASIS they teach you to be organized and try your best. Great Teachers and Faculty members working hard to make sure the students suceed.
this school is to tough and the kids never have any fun they r always working and the schoolis way on the academic side and children need a well rounded school
I have several students at BASIS school and while I know they are learning a lot which was not happening through TUSD I see them headed for burn out. There is no joy in learning and discovery. I fear we are creating a school of depressed over achievers .
Basis is a great school. It is my thrid year here, and I'm loving it. The teachers are very supportive and if you have a problen, they won't stop helping until it is solved. I would recommend Basis to any parent. The teachers are great and so is the cirriculum. Plus, its a shame other schools don't give you this kind of an education. When you get into 9th grade, you start learning calculus! Its a great school.
In retrospect, I hardly feel like spending the past 6 years at BASIS has robbed me of anything, in any way. Although I did miss out on many of the traditional aspects of high school, it is to be noted that BASIS, in fact, is not a traditional high school. . I would definitely recommend this school to any parents who want to see their children getting the best education possible and to see them have the opportunity and ability to succeed.
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
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