BROOKLYN  &  SILICON VALLEY

The best
schools
in America
have arrived
in your
community

BASIS Schools give students freedom
to excel, combining a rigorous course of
study with accountability and expectations
of success. BASIS Schools have consistently
topped the rankings in American education,
and across the globe.

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  • Amanda Ripley , The Smartest Kids in the World (and how they got that way) - The average BASIS student not only outperformed the typical US student (by nearly three years in reading and science and four years in math) but outscored the average student in Finland, Korea and Poland, as well. - Amanda Ripley , The Smartest Kids in the World (and how they got that way)
  • Jay Mathews , The Washington Post - Both [BASIS schools] now have such high SAT scores they are going on my Public Elites list, where I put schools, such as Thomas Jefferson or Bronx Science, that are too selective to be usefully assessed by AP or IB participation. - Jay Mathews , The Washington Post
  • Amanda Ripley , The Smartest Kids in the World (and how they got that way) - …There are even whole schools built around the ideals of rigorous learning and telling children the truth… In 2012, teenagers at two Arizona BASIS Schools took a special new version of the PISA test … The results were breathtaking.  - Amanda Ripley , The Smartest Kids in the World (and how they got that way)
  • June Kronholz , Education Next - "Fifteen years after its founding by two economists—an American and a Czech, who fell in love at a seminar on the collapse of the Soviet Union—the BASIS network already roosts in the scholastic stratosphere." - June Kronholz , Education Next
  • The Economist - It is working. The BASIS schools rank at or near the top in most surveys of American public schools. One part of a documentary about America falling hopelessly behind China and India in education features BASIS as the rare exception. - The Economist
  • from "Closing America's High Achievement Gap" - How do they do it?  Says co-founder Michael Block, 'There's no magic here. It's just a four-letter word: work. We just work harder here.' BASIS schools administer a rigorous, A.P.-based curriculum across the board to all students. 'We have been severly underestimating all kids,' says Block. - from "Closing America's High Achievement Gap"
  • Thomas Friendman , NYT, On Academic Achievement - There is no secret ... A relentless focus on all the basics that we know make for high-performing ... a deep commitment to teacher training, peer-to-peer learning and constant professional development, a deep involvement of parents in their children's learning, an insistence by the school's leadership on the highest standards and a culture that prizes education and respects teachers. - Thomas Friendman , NYT, On Academic Achievement
  • Amanda Ripley , The Atlantic - Imagine, for a moment, if Americans transferred our obsessive intensity about high-school sports ... BASIS teachers channel the enthusiams usually found on football fields into academic conquests. On the day of advanced placement exams, students at BASIS Tucson North file into the classroom to "Eye of the Tiger", the Rocky III Theme Song. - Amanda Ripley , The Atlantic