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5740 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85750

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(520) 207-0076
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September 11, 2015
My 4 kids are in their third year of a Basis school - currently triplets (2 boys and 1 girl) in 5th grade and one boy in 7th. They all have different abilities, interests and social or learning challenges so it feels sometimes like I'm running some kind of Basis educational experiment. How does each one suceed, are they happy, is this the best place for each one? So far - so great!! They love (varying degrees) their teachers, they have learned the skills each needs to succeed, they are identifying their favorite subjects, and they have great friends. When one or another has needed extra academic support, they've gotten it quickly, successfully, and with no feeling of failure or embarrassment. At first I had to set rules and standards at home for doing not only homework but for "studying" to make sure they had really learned their material. The level and amount of material was much more than they had ever done. It was a challenge at first but I was really surprised how well they understood what they needed to do and started doing it on their own! Homework rarely was more than 1 or 1.5 hours at home (they did part of their work at study hall) for about an average of 5 days a week (depending on each child's study focus and ability.) I was also surprised about how much material and memorization they had to do every week - usually culminating in quizzes, test, or projects. At first I worried that it was just memorization but I can tell you that constantly through these three years each one has shown that not only do they remember most material but they really understand and expand on those concepts or subjects. They now frequently prefer to watch "Brain Games" or "Cosmos" or play chess (and Minecraft of course) because they like the challenge. This was rarely the case at their past school no matter how much I tried to engage them. They still have lots of "extra-curricular": chess, baseball, basketball, tennis, nerf wars, circus club, horseback riding, electronics (sigh), friend time and lazy, lazy goof off time. Look, I know parents or kids that didn't like different aspects of this school (backpacks, lunches, teachers, material) and I applaud that the parents are so involved with their kid's education. So all I can say is try it if you think it might be good and find another solution if it isn't the right fit. It's working great for our family.

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September 11, 2015
To the Administrations, Teachers and Students - you're doing a great job. Thanks for the opportunity to have my kids attend such a high level school.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
September 11, 2015
My 4 kid's experiences have consistently been that the teachers and administrators really try to deal with disruptive or difficult behavior and that they stress cooperation and integrity from their students.

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May 03, 2015
If your child, no matter how bright, doesn't fit their mold they tell you to leave which is actually illegal. It is a very stressful and rigid environment. They are highly resistant to providing accommodations to students with disabilities of any shape or form even though they are federally mandated to provide them

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February 17, 2015
My daughter LOVES this school. My daughter is bright and loves the involvement and engagement of her teachers. She is so excited to tell me all about her day every day after school. She is excelling in not only the basic courses such as Math, Science and English, but is also loving the time that she has with Art, Music, Latin and Classics. Her homework is minimal since she uses her time wisely in school and study hall. In addition, the homework isn't a chore because it is on material that she is enjoying instead of the mindless busywork she was given at her previous school. She has met so many friends! She loves the after school activities. She loves the catered hot lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Her and her friends decorate each other's lockers for birthdays and such (with permission from the school). I forgot to mention Kenpo - she has found a new passion here as well. She is very thankful for the warm and encouraging environment for her to learn and explore. The Honor Assembly each period is one of favorite times since she has her hard work recognized and gets to recognize that of her peers. We have found the school to be the perfect environment for our daughter.

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November 04, 2014
Please do NOT enroll your child at Basis Tucson North. The administration is controlling & unopen to practical changes. Payment with SMART for Charters (the service used to pay school fees) is such a hassle because it is an unorganized & unprofessional company. The school has little funding & students can t even be provided photocopies of worksheets sometimes. Students are not allowed to decorate lockers or enter class if they are even FIVE minutes late (you read that right). In January 2015, they are implementing a policy to ban backpacks because it's too dangerous. There is no cafeteria & students must bring their own lunch (there is an occasional hot lunch program). Parking is extremely frustrating because of the way the parking lot is structured. There is constant gridlock during pick-up times. In September 2014, one student was almost run over in the parking lot. Academically speaking, it is rigorous & that is to be expected (lots of homework). My child had a great experience at a different Basis location & I regret having sent him here. There are other Basis schools in the area that are just as good in terms of academic rigor but less strict otherwise (i.e. no backpack bans).

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October 20, 2014
Not sure what happened below but it's apparent you are not happy. This is our 3rd year at Basis Tucson North. For starters the Basis admin. IS spectacular. The teachers, principals and head of school are very hands on and involved with the students and the teachers. They are always available by email or appoint. No clue what changes you wanted. The front desk is nothing but kind and helpful. Patty and her helpers bend over backwards to be helpful to both parents and students. I personally love Smart for Charters. It's easy, fast and you can pay from home rather than taking a check to school. It's no different than any online service from amazon to banking etc. YES I'm happy about the back pack ban. They are huge and they are heavy for kids to carry. I don't know of a school with a cafeteria in Tucson. Lunch is available for purchase twice a week. I am one of the many parents who serve lunches. The kids can eat inside or outside, play basketball etc. If you follow the traffic there is no gridlock especially with the staggered start times this year. Yes, academically it's unparalleled to any school in the U.S. Hope you can find a school that makes you happy. :)

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April 27, 2014
We are very happy in this school. The teachers and the school's atmosphere really push kids to excel and promote the spirit of learning. My son was an average student in public school system and I was told he is not a candidate for Basis by other parents. However, he is excelling and enjoying the school. He loves going and is happy there. There is homework to be done, but there is lots of feedback and kids learn how to adjust and improve. Tests and quizzes are frequent, but no testing anxiety, it becomes part of regular school day. Sometimes, I feel parents are more anxious about the tests and kids are fine. Overall, very happy with the school.

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April 23, 2014
this school is wonderful. my daughter was an "ok" student at district 16 school and is an excellent student at basis. now we realize that she was not challenged at the public school. the teachers at district 16 were so indifferent. now she loves going to school, loves her teachers and what she is learning in class, has made many very good friends. She talks about what she has learned on an ongoing basis at home. this school has raised her. the teachers really care about what they are doing. we couldn't be happier. everyone said she wasn't a "basis student" which is so silly. any kid can be a basis student. it just takes a student that wants to learn and a parent that believes their child has more potential.

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January 05, 2014
BASIS Tucson North is an excellent school that rivals any private, independent, or any primary institution worldwide. My daughter have been attending BASIS, but started their elementary education in the public school system in Texas which prepared them fully for their current workload. They are not just being taught material that is on an AIMS or Standardized test, but actual subjects which are at par with an international curriculum. My children are not attending BASIS to guarantee a Harvard Education, because they can go to any high school and if they excel, they can get scholarships. They attend BASIS because they want to learn, they like the school, the teachers, staff and administration, and above all the diversity of friendships they are developing. If the public school system in Arizona were to consider real education a priority there would not be as many resentments toward the Charter schools, nor anger misdirected toward BASIS.

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September 23, 2013
I highly recommend BASIS Tucson North. Our family has always supported the traditional public school system but over time we have found it to be at the sacrifice of our children's education. Each year there are budget cuts to the detriment of the average and high performing students. The children who need the extra help are the only ones who get attention in the public school classroom. At BASIS, on the other hand, students are recognized for their hard work and achievements and teachers are always available if extra help is needed. Homework is very manageable. My two children who attend have become experts at time management which I feel will be integral to their college success. I am not pushing my children to attend Harvard but I do feel they should be well prepared for college where ever they decide to go. BASIS Tucson North will have given them the life skills they need to succeed in both their future education and work life.

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September 11, 2013
BASIS is not for everyone. Even among one family, some may thrive at BASIS and others will want to attend another school. All of our kids started BASIS in 5th grade. We have a senior who is extremely happy that she worked hard through the 7 previous years. She is really enjoying her senior year and reaping the benefits of all her hard work as she looks for colleges to attend. She now will have the opportunity to attend the college of her choice. Our son in 8th grade is continuing at BASIS and working hard. It's not always easy, but he realizes it will help him reach his educational goals and to get into a good engineering college. Another daughter of ours chose to move back to a good public school, which tend to be few and far between these days. She is very happy there. Different strokes for different folks. As a taxpayer, I am happy to see higher educational standards being met with my tax dollars. If you have a bright student who is willing to work hard, then BASIS is a great choice, Be thankful you have the choice here in Tucson.

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September 11, 2013
To those who are considering BASIS. If you are an involved parent who stresses education, your child does not need to go to this school! My child, who is a hard worker and extremely bright, was very unhappy here. She was already ahead by 2 grade levels before attending BASIS because of my involvement and her great study habits taught by her public school. Yes, her public school did teach her how to study, be organized and pushed her to excel. She earned a 4.0 average, but was very unhappy. My child is now at another school and is still excelling above grade level in honors/extended classes. I am not raising a robot to regurgitate information. I am raising a confident, motivated, and successful child who WILL attend college with honors. Attending BASIS will not guarantee a Harvard Education. Most of the students leave by high school. I would love to know the percentage of students who started in 5th grade at BASIS (even if they left) that go on to these ivy league schools. A list on the website is not enough.

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BASIS Tucson North
5740 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ  85750
(520) 207-0076
Last modified BASIS Tucson North 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 Tucson North Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top