BASIS opened their Tucson campus in 1997 for students in grades 5th through 12th. The school uses the same curriculum and stands by the same mission statement as other BASIS schools in the state. The school provides a college preparatory curriculum with small classrooms. The nurturing and supportive environment aids in providing all students with the educational tools they need to excel in learning and to become leaders of their community.
Along with advanced core subjects, BASIS Tucson offers foreign languages including French, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, and Spanish. Extra curricular activities available at the school include choir, orchestra, band, drama, creative writing, ceramics, painting, and photography. The sports available include basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming, bicycling, flag football, and tennis.
There are a few mixed reviews regarding this school. Parents are very pleased with the academic accomplishments of their children. The main problem seen by some parents is that the school is completely different than other schools in the United States that stresses working with the whole student which includes combining athletics, social activities, thinking and learning which will help each student succeed and be able to think and solve problems on their own. With the BASIS curriculum and standards, the school only works on test results and academics as one parent explained, similar to the educational facilities that are found in Asian.
The school is great for those that want to excel and even graduate early due to advanced courses. There is not much time for fun and games as this level of education and the school expects students to learn instead of have fun. All students on the other hand are required to take at least one elective along with their core subjects, which provide a bit more fun.
The AIMS exam given to public school students including public charter schools is given to certain grades every year. The test is given to measure the students mastering abilities for core subjects that provide a percentage of the students in each school that passes or exceeds the standards of the state as well as the percentage of students across the state that also met or exceeded the standards.
In reading, 100% of 5th graders passed with the state average at 79%, in writing 86% while the state was at 55%, and in math 95% with the state at 63%. In reading, 100% of 6th graders passed or exceeded the exam with the state average at 81%, in writing 95% with the state at 56%, and in math 98% with the state at 59%. In reading, 100% of 7th graders passed with the state average at 82%, in writing 95% with the state at 53%, and in math 99% with the state at 61%. In reading 100% of 8th graders passed with the state at 71%, in science 100% with the state at 63%, in writing 100% with the state at 86%, and in math 100% with the state average at 54%. In reading, 100% of 10th graders passed with the state average at 78%, in science 100% with the state at 42%, in writing 98% with the state at 68%, and in math 100% with the state at 60%.
3825 E. Second St.
Tucson, AZ 85716