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BASIS Tucson North

Charter | 5-12 | 950 students

Our school is best known for offering an internationally competitive education.

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted November 4, 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).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
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The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

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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

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The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

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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

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The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

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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

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The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

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The state average for Science was 63% 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

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The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

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The state average for Science was 39% 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

The Arizona Department of Education did not report AZ LEARNS results for this school.

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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
  • college counseling class
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 3:40 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Julia Toews
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 207-6606

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Internships
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Academic Advising
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
  • college counseling class
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
college counseling class
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 0%
4 year college - 100%
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5740 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85750
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Phone: (520) 207-0076

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