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Basis Tucson

Charter | 5-12 | 699 students

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
Based on 16 ratings
2012:
Based on 10 ratings
2011:
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Posted October 1, 2006

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2006

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2006

I love basis. Great education. Great activities for kids. Great teachers. Cant say enough about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2006

This school is probably a good alternative for Tucson parents stuck in poor TUSD schools. The academic level is high but very old-fashioned. Students memorize a lot of facts and the math is a very rote-learning style program. Discipline is good and there is a sense of involvement and commitment, esp for a set of students from all income levels. Diversity of the student body is high for a school that is so high-achieving academically. There is a lot of emphasis on tests and achievement. Some of the teachers are terrible, and they are under rather tight guidlines from the director--who is very strong minded. I don't know whether to consider her a genius or a tyrant--she is something between--but certainly she deserves some credit for giving mid-level Tucson kids the chance to excel academically. Creativity and opportunities for gifted kids are limited, but it's great for mid-level kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

My son attended this school for 4 years after a miserable experience in the local public school. His intellectual curiosity was nurtured, his mind stimulated, and his knowlege base at the end 9th grade was superior to that of most college freshmen. The curriculum reflects international standards of excellence. Even more importantly, the school encourages decency, respect, and tolerance. The standards for behavior are strict but fair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

Dissapointed in the opportunity for all kids to get in to this school. They pick and choose by test scores, not by where you are on the waiting list.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 10, 2005

Great school for my two kids. They're taking classes and learning things in middle school that I got in college. Although the school is small, there are many opportunities to join school sports teams, band, and other activitites. The instructors are seem to like the kids and enjoy the subjects they teach - based on the standardized test scores (AIMS, Stanford 9), I think the kids at this school enjoy the subjects they are taught. Parents are very involved - it's that type of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2005

BASIS is one of the best schools in Tucson. The teachers are top knotch and the leadership within the school is tremendous. They really care about whether the children are successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2004

School has a well-rounded curriculum. My child works hard and strives for her best while enjoying her learning environment. I am very proud of her accomplishments and the school. The work-load is very manageable and she seems to be happy with the education she is receiving there. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2004

My daughter just completed her first year at BASIS, the 6th grade. It was tough for her academically. I chalked this up to a combination of the schools reportedly high standards and rigor, to it being her first year in a middle school setting, and to the lack of a well rounded curriculum at the school she previuosly attended for 3-5th grades. The teachers and administration, and other school staff were great. The teachers responded to my email inquiries about assignments, her progress,her class behavior, etc. The Director met with me mid year when I was feeling very concerned about a couple of subject grades in particular, and about the behavior of a teacher that my daughter had reported to me. She followed up with the teacher and the situation was righted. My daughter had a great experience socially, there were no reports or indication of peer problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2004

My son completed 6th grade at BASIS and he loved it! The curriculum was challenging enough to keep him on his toes but not so much that he would get discouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2004

This is the best school I ever attended. While strenuous (Economics in the 8th grade!), it makes it easy to get ahead in the game of life. The teachers have time to answer questions personally, and they make sure that no one who makes the effort falls behind. I highly recommend it for students with the desire to learn.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2003

Our 16 year old son has been at The Basis School from it beginning year in 1998. His elementary years were at a challenging private school. We explored private middle schools and found them to be beyond our reach financially. We attended a meeting introducing Basis. It was just the answer we needed. Safe, challenging and free. And although no school is perfect, we have found Basis to be equal or superior to the private middle and high schools. Advanced Placement classes are standard and my son and his friends are well able to meet the challenges. In fact, he just received a mailing from Washington University inviting him to explore the possibility of attending there. The opening paragraph in the letter says 'While others were taking easy classes, you've been working harder and smarter by taking the most advanced courses possible. This scholastic edge will serve you well.' This sort of education happens at Basis with the commitment and support of Basis administration, staff, faculty, students and parents. The very small class size in the high school is a plus for my son. Teacher/student ratios give students the opportunity for substantial interaction daily instead of occasionally. One of the Advanced Placement English teachers that has taught on the university level told me that when he taught at the university he would see minds light up on occasion and that here he sees minds light up daily. Our children can excel and will excel given the environment in which to do so -- and Basis does that for my child and for many others. We are proving that large budgets are not the answer for an excellent education, although, additional funding would be a plus! I truly believe that we have found one of the answers in the quest for an opportunity for an excellent education in The Basis School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

I'm very dissapointed with the school. The staff is horrible with the students, some of the teachers seem lifeless, the lunch break is 25 minutes, a passing period (bathroom break, drinks, etc.) of 5 minutes, and the halls are so narrow that you will easily get trapped with 225 students all going to their next class. The teachers don't seem to notice people talking and always leave the classrooms. After every year, the next year is always with new teachers and don't know a thing about the school. Sometimes, they sound like they were hired 5 days before the year started and treat the students like they knew absolutly nothing. I'm considering moving to a different school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 20, 2003

We are so grateful to have discovered Basis school 3 years ago. Class sizes are small, academics are challenging while attainable with a good work ethic, individual child responsibility is highly encouraged and expected, classroom discussions are lively and thought-provoking. The Director is an amazing visionary! It's a great community of parents, teachers, and staff working together for the good of the children.


Posted May 8, 2003

Involved and caring teachers, high academic standards, traditional teaching and methods and curriculum, perhaps too much emphasis on grades, but lots of support and very friendly helpful staff. Great kids.


Posted May 6, 2003

An incredible school! Wonderful atmosphere for learning and sharing. A very caring staff and faculty. Level of instruction far exceeds that offered in the public school arena. Student dramatic productions are equivalent to college level performances. Teachers ask for and get 100 percent. Discipline problems are quickly addressed so that the students can learn in a respectful environment. A true community of parents, teachers and children who all give their best and graciously accept the best back. Fine leadership abilities exhibited by the director.


Posted May 2, 2003

We have been very satisfied with the school. The curriculum is both challenging and meaningful. Most of the teachers seem to love what they do and pass their enthusiasm to the students. A few teachers, however, do not seem qualified to handle discipline issues effectively. One teacher in particular is rather volatile and can, at times, verbally abuse the children. Unfortunately, the administration is either not aware of this issue or condones it. This is the only serious flaw we have found with the school.


Posted April 28, 2003

I was very disapointed with the school. The staff is not very sure of itself or what it's doing.And offers no communication or help! It seems to be run by trial and error. Several students had background troubles that should have kept them out of school! It's a sink or swim philosophy and unless your child has little intrest in anything else but school work they will be alienated. High test scores but look at the end product coming out the door.


Posted April 13, 2003

This is a great school. Very challenging and worthwhile.


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

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91%

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93%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

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98%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

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85%

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86%
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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

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93%

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99%

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96%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

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98%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

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99%

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

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93%

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Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

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100%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

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n/a

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100%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.

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96%

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98%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 3%
Hispanic 20% 43%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Arizona
Arizona State University
Williams College
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Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Ranked the #6 public high school in the nation by Newsweek. (2010)
  • Ranked the #9 public high school in the nation by US News & World Report (2009)
  • Ranked the #5 public high school in the nation by Newsweek. (2009)

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. George Rising
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 326-6359

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • flag football, bicycling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • flag footabll, bicycling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

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  • BASIS Tucson 10th grade students earned a 100% pass rate on the AIMS Science exam (BASIS Scottsdale was the only other school in the state to share this distinction). In fact, 97 percent of BASIS Tucson 10th graders EXCEEDED state standards on the AIMS Science exam compared with only 27 percent of students statewide. 100 percent of BASIS Tucson 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 Tucson students had the highest overall AIMS scores in the following grade levels: 8th (tied), 10th (tied). Moreover, 100 percent of BASIS Tucson students passed the AIMS exam in the following subjects and grade levels: 8th grade math, 7th grade reading, 8th grade reading, 10th grade reading, 10th grade writing, 8th grade science, and 10th grade science.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
100% of our students graduate
100% of our graduates are accepted by 4-year universities
100% go on to attend 4-year universities or colleges
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
College presentations or information sessions
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3825 East 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85716
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Phone: (520) 326-3444

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