The top list is commonly referred to as the "Public Elites" – and is officially a selection of "top-performing schools with elite students." There are just 30 "Public Elites" in the United States this year, and BASIS Curriculum Schools is the only network to have four schools included, an unparalleled accomplishment.
The second Post list is the national rankings list called "America's Most Challenging High Schools", and BASIS Phoenix is #1.
All seven of the ranked schools in the BASIS Curriculum Schools network are open-enrollment, tuition-free public charter schools. These are the only seven schools in the network eligible for assessment by The Washington Post this year. The seven schools are:
"Our goal was never to run just one great school," co-founder Olga Block said in response to the latest set of rankings. "It was to create a network of the best schools in the country, and the world. These national rankings help prove not only that our educational model works, but that it's among the world's best. And that means our students have great choices and opportunities in their futures."
Co-founder Michael Block added, "It's a well-deserved honor for our students and teachers to be so highly ranked by The Washington Post, as well as by U.S. News. But it's quite a different distinction to be ranked by both esteemed publications, with quite different ranking methodologies."
Block noted that these national accolades aren't the only measure of success. "Add to that BASIS Curriculum students' achievement on the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA), which measures critical thinking skills, and it's fair to say that no matter the source of assessment, our schools measure up as among the best on earth."
"We have always said every community should have a BASIS charter school," said Craig Barrett, Chairman of BASIS Schools. "I believe these rankings give great support for that concept."
As referenced by Michael Block, last week BASIS charter schools were ranked #1, #2, #3, #5, and #7 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017 list of "America's Best High Schools." Those five schools – in U.S. News rankings order, BASIS Scottsdale, BASIS Tucson North, BASIS Oro Valley, BASIS Peoria, and BASIS Chandler -- were also the top five charter schools in the United States, per U.S. News' 2017 charter school rankings.
About BASIS Curriculum Schools:
The BASIS Curriculum Schools network is among the best in the world, serving students from Preschool through Grade 12. The BASIS Curriculum – founded in 1998, and cultivating excellence every year since -- educates students at the highest international levels, preparing them to be participants, not spectators, in the 21st-century global workforce of commerce and innovation. The network currently has twenty-one public charter schools in Arizona , Texas , and Washington, D.C. , five independent schools in California , New York, and Virginia, and two international schools in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, China . For more information, please visit BASISed.com or vectors.BASISed.com.
BASIS Prescott is in its third school year and serves almost 800 students in grades K-12, which is approximately 38% of the school-age population in Prescott, Arizona. To continue accommodating its growing student population, BASIS Prescott is currently looking into expanding its current facility.
In this 2016-17 academic year, BASIS Prescott is proud to announce that one student has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, one student has been named a National Merit Commended Scholar, and one student has been named a National Hispanic Scholar.
This year, BASIS Prescott is excited to host its first commencement ceremony for the graduating Class of 2017.