BASIS Mesa opened in August 2013 serving grades 5–10. Now, in 2016, school will expand to grades 3-12.
The school offers the same rigorous academic program as the award-winning BASIS charter schools in Scottsdale and Tucson, while taking into account the previous educational background of all incoming students. For students in grades 3–7, the program focuses on building organizational and study skills, as well as creating the deep knowledge base necessary for students to face the demanding AP-based curriculum that begins in 8th grade. Highlights include Latin and the Classics in 5th grade, separate courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics beginning in 6th grade, and the choice of French, Latin, Mandarin, or Spanish in 7th grade. Social Science courses tackle advanced content and all students complete a minimum of Algebra 1 by the end of 7th grade. BASIS Mesa students will take at least six AP® courses and six AP exams by the end of their junior year. This curriculum is what allows BASIS charter schools to be consistently ranked in the top 10 high school programs in the country by U.S. News, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.