Curriculum Overview


BASIS charter schools educate students at an internationally competitive level, with BASIS students ready to compete with their top-performing peers in Finland, Korea, and China. The 15-year-old students at BASIS Tucson North and BASIS Scottsdale proved this in their 2012 results on the OECD Test for Schools. These results place the BASIS.ed Model above the acclaimed Finnish and Korean education systems, and on par with Shanghai, the world's best.

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The BASIS.ed K–4 program has been developed to help prepare students for the high-achieving curriculum in the BASIS.ed Lower School (grades 5–7) and Upper School (grades 8–12). The K–4 program therefore focuses not only on academics, but also on critical thinking, organizational skills, time management, study skills, and behavioral expectations — each of which are vital to success in various future pursuits.

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The BASIS.ed curriculum for grades 5–7 is designed to provide one of the most advanced middle school programs available in the world, fully integrating the sciences, arts, math, language, and reading. By the end of middle school, students have delved deeply into the critical importance of organization and time management, so that they can conquer the high school curriculum.

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The BASIS.ed program for grades 8–12 is widely recognized as one of the most academically-advanced high school programs in the world. Our graduates are routinely accepted to top universities around the world, from Harvard and Stanford to the University of Oxford.

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Our Schools

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BASIS.ed Primary School Program Video

The nationally-ranked BASIS.ed academic program was founded on the notion that any student can be taught to love learning. Thanks to our passionate and supportive K–12 subject expert teachers and STEM-inspired, liberal arts curriculum, BASIS students are prepared for future successes in higher education and beyond.

How does the BASIS.ed curriculum shape the world’s most-prepared students?

The BASIS.ed curriculum is a rigorous, challenging, supportive academic experience that is ranked as one of the best in the world.





Proven Results

BASIS.ed students consistently rank among the top in the world in critical thinking and problem solving in math, reading, and science. A BASIS.ed education is a blend of the rigorous standards seen around the world plus the ingenuity and creativity so often associated with American education.

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From BASIS.ed Vectors

Announcing the Founders’ Prize for Senior Projects

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Unbounded Opportunity

Diane Moser is a longtime BASIS.ed employee who’s worn many hats for the network of schools...


Grandmother, Daughter, Granddaughter: Rosalind Thompson and the BASIS.ed Generational Triad

“It says a lot about BASIS.ed to have three generations of my family here. They trusted my ...


BASIS.ed Schools Dominate Both U.S. News and Washington Post 2016 rankings

Another day, another national list of high school rankings for BASIS.ed schools to dominate. Actu...