I've been a student at basis for the past four years. When I first got there, I thought it was a great school. However, now I honestly hate it. The administration has let the fame get to their heads, and is no longer focusing on the students, but is instead focusing on the student's test scores. If you would rather have an academic life then a social life, then this is most definitely the school for you.
As a BASIS student, I would say that this school is appropriate for any kid who wants a proper education. There are very little schools that can give you as much support and knowledge as BASIS does. Again, this is a BASIS student writing, and I absolutely love the school.
Recently relocated to Arizona, I have learned much about certain school districts. My 4th grader started school & noticed that the work matched those in California when she was in 3rd grade. Moved her to charter school which offered something new. Moms told me about BASIS. Researched, read, visited, toured the school, met faculty, examined sample class courses & schedules. Impressed. This school is definitely not for every child, especially if the child(ren) do not have support at home to go over homework. Daughter will start BASIS 2010, she has been mentally prepared to work hard. She wants to go to UCSD like her sister & sees her sister studying all the time. Life isn't free nor easy & finishing college open many doors. Promotions, raises, bonuses are earned by hard work. My job is to guide my kids towards a bright future and BASIS seems to share the same vision.
I have two children at BASIS for two years. One in 8th grade and one in 6th grade. They truly enjoy the excellent music, art and drama programs and academics. My children are very happy at BASIS. I came from Asia and the curriculum at BASIS is very similar to where I came from. If Americans want to stay at the top, our children will need to have more school like BASIS to attend. Of course they will be expected to WORK. What do you think the Chinese and Indians are doing? Yes, teachers should be strict, how else do they control the classroom ? BASIS school is a choice, they do not pick the only the smart kids, they just expect them to work and have discipline. Kids that want to learn at their own pace should not be there. Go somewhere else an stay behind.
I have one child at BASIS in fifth grade and since he has been there he is a changed person. Before he began, at his public school, he was bored, bullied, and completely miserable. Since his transfer to BASIS, his learning has progressed at an incredible rate we never knew was possible. He has never been happier.
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 .
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