2013-14 Parent/Student Handbook
BASIS Mesa - Open Enrollment Packet Drop Off
BASIS Mesa LobbyDecember 9, 2013 - 7:00am
BASIS Mesa - Open Enrollment Packet Drop Off
BASIS Mesa LobbyDecember 11, 2013 - 7:00am
Winter Concert - Choir/Guitar
December 11, 2013 - 7:00pm
Winter Concert - Instrumental
December 12, 2013 - 7:00pm
A Night of One-Acts
TheatreDecember 13, 2013 - 6:00pm
BASIS in the Media
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KVOA News 4 Tucson
High Scores at BASIS Charter Schools
The Case Against High School Sports
NYTimes review of "The Smartest Kids"
Acclaimed new book mentions BASIS
Best High Schools
US News & World Report
WELCOME TO BASIS MESA
BASIS Charter Schools, recognized as among the very best in both US and international rankings, offer students the opportunity of their lifetimes. “I am involved with BASIS because I know it employs a model that works. With these fundamentals in place, the BASIS Schools have achieved phenomenal results.”
Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman and President of BASIS Board of Directors, retired Chairman & CEO of Intel Corporation
5010 South Eastmark Parkway Mesa, Arizona 85212
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
BASIS Mesa opened their doors to incoming students in August 2013 serving Grades 5-10. In 2014, BASIS Mesa will be offering Grades 4-11; Grade 12 will be added by 2015. BASIS Mesa may also add K-3 in the future.
Divided into a Lower School (Grades 5-7) and an Upper School (Grades 8-10), BASIS Mesa offers the same rigorous academic program as our award-winning schools in Scottsdale and Tucson, and at the same time takes into account the previous educational background of all incoming students. Beginning in August 2014, Lower School will be expanded to include Grade 4.
The Lower School program focuses on building organizational and study skills and creating a deep knowledge base necessary for students to tackle the demanding AP-based Upper School curriculum. Highlights of the Lower School curriculum include Latin and Classics in the 5th grade, separate courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics beginning in the 6th grade, and the choice of French, Latin, Mandarin, or Spanish, in the 7th grade. The Social Science courses tackle advanced content and all students complete a minimum of Algebra 1 by the end of seventh grade.
BASIS is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 high school programs in the country by U.S. News, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. BASIS Mesa Upper School students can begin taking Advanced Placement® courses as early as the eighth grade and will take at least eight AP courses and six AP exams by the end of their junior year.
BASIS Mesa also takes pride in the number of students participating in after-school activities. Students can participate in intramural or varsity sports such as cross country, football, basketball and volleyball as well as extracurricular activities including Leadership Club, Science Bowl, Fencing, Drama, and Literary Magazine. For more details, visit the Extracurricular tab
We invite you to contact us to learn how your child can reach new levels of academic success at BASIS Mesa.
The campus, in the Eastmark community, is located on the former GM Proving Grounds near the intersection of Ray and Ellsworth.
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL:
Dear BASIS Mesa,
It is a great honor for me to serve as Head of School for the new BASIS School in Mesa.
I first became involved with BASIS in 2011 when I was invited to speak at the summer BASIS teacher-training program. I have taught English at all levels from middle school to college and held leadership positions at several institutions, most recently at the Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh.
I have had direct and indirect associations with dozens of schools through my teaching and administrative positions, my work with the Educational Testing Service, and service on accreditation teams, which gave me the opportunity to evaluate the inner workings of many fine independent schools; but I have found BASIS Schools the most innovative and interesting of them all.
At BASIS, critical thinking is essential to student success. By teaching students to read, write, and think critically, we prepare them for fulfilling lives and successful careers. I invite you to contact BASIS Mesa to learn how your child can reach new levels of academic achievement.
Head of School BASIS Mesa
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS
Per A.R.S. § 38-431.02. Notice of meetings for BASIS Mesa will be posted on this website under People – School Board. Notices will also be posted on a front lobby window at 5010 South Eastmark Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85212, visible to the public 24 hours per day, seven days a week.