BASIS Charter Schools offer students something no other American public school does: An education that prepares them according to the highest, most rigorous international standards. Our schools have been ranked consistently among the best schools in the United States — and the world.
In our K–4 program, students are not just taught content, but the necessary skills of organization, time management, and study habits. The curriculum includes a wide array of classes ranging from English and Math/Science to Mandarin, Physical Education (both traditional and Kenpo), Music, Drama, and Art. Additionally, BASIS Phoenix South is proud to offer our signature Connections courses for grades 1–4. There are two different kinds of Connection courses: "All Connections" focuses on the knowledge students acquire in their other classes and brings it all together, presenting students with scenarios in which they work in small groups to solve problems, drawing on the entirety of their learning. "Fine Arts Connections" does the same, but focuses on their Fine Arts knowledge acquired in Music, Drama, and Art.
The 5th and 6th Grade curriculum is the foundation that makes possible
the academic achievements of the upper school. 5th graders take Latin,
General Science, Physical Geography, Math, Classics, English PE, Art,
and Music. 6th graders study Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math, English,
United States History, and Latin. 6th Graders also choose an elective.
Current electives include Art, Band, Drama, Guitars, and Creative
The BASIS Charter legacy schools in Scottsdale and Tucson are consistently recognized as having one of the finest high school programs in the country, and have been highly ranked by U.S. News, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. Students take honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses as early as 8th grade. These College Board courses and exams are now recognized and valued by over 90% of the universities and colleges in the country as well as many prestigious universities overseas. As BASIS Phoenix South grows, the
school will offer all students Honors, AP and post-AP level classes in
the high school grades