BASIS Scottsdale opened in 2003, the second school to feature the BASIS.ed course of study to students in grades 4–12. Over a decade later, our mission is unaltered; our standards higher than ever. BASIS Scottsdale boasts an elevated humanities program and a carefully constructed math and science curriculum, which is on par with the high achieving educational programs found in Europe and Asia. In short, BASIS students embark on a school career path that leads to present and future success.
The BASIS Scottsdale primary school program focuses on building organizational and study skills and creating a deep knowledge base necessary for students to tackle a demanding AP-based upper school curriculum. In 5th grade, students are introduced to Latin, Classics, General Science, and Physical Geography. Then, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are offered as individual science courses beginning in 6th grade, and students in 7th grade continue the study of these subjects while also deciding whether to continue pursuing Latin or to switch to the study of a modern foreign language such as Mandarin, French, or Spanish.
The Upper School program, which has brought the BASIS.ed curriculum repeated recognition as one of the top 10 high school programs in the country by U.S. News, Newsweek, and The Washington Post, offers students a rigorous college-preparatory course of study. Students begin taking Advanced Placement® (AP) courses as early as 8th grade and will take at least eight AP courses and six AP® exams by the time they graduate.