International Results

Recently, four schools that use the BASIS.ed Curriculum took the OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA), a student assessment tool geared for use by schools and networks of schools to support research, benchmarking and school improvement efforts. This assessment provides descriptive information and analyses on the skills and creative application of knowledge of 15-year-old students from all over the world in reading, mathematics, and science, comparable to existing PISA scales. Simply put, it is not just what a student knows, but also the application of crucial problem-solving skills.

Our students consistently test above the highest-ranked school systems in the world. In 2014, our average student scored higher than students in Shanghai, the world's highest performing school system, in reading, mathematics and science. We believe that the our curriculum provides the best education to our students and the results provide solid evidence that our system works.

All of the schools managed by BASIS.ed outperformed high-scoring countries like Singapore, Korea, Finland and Switzerland with scores that put them in the top 5% of all schools in the world in reading, math and science with two exceptions: BASIS Scottsdale is among the top 1% of all schools in the world in reading; and BASIS Oro Valley is among the top 10% of schools in mathematics in the world.

In Shanghai, 56% of students scored in the highest categories (5 & 6) in mathematics on the OECD Test for Schools, but 63% of our students at BASIS Scottsdale a 5 or 6, and 56% of students in our schools taking the test scored in these categories on average.

2014 AP Scholars

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2014 National Merit Scholarship Award Recipients

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Rankings in the United States

On the OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA), only 10% of students in the United States will score a 5 or 6 in mathematics, whereas 56% of our students score in these top tiers. Furthermore, according to the results of this test, our average student is two-and-a-half to three years ahead of the average American student in reading, mathematics, and science; this provides our students with a large advantage when they take the next step.

Our students shine even when compared to other private schools in the United States. The schools that took the PISA exam scored better than the average U.S. private school did on the exam in reading, mathematics and science. We believe that students will not find a better education on the planet!

U.S. News & World Report

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked three BASIS.ed-managed schools in "Nation's Best High Schools": BASIS Scottsdale (#2), BASIS Tucson North (#3), and BASIS Oro Valley (#6).

Also in 2016, BASIS Scottsdale was ranked as the #4 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school in the United States, and the nation's #1 charter school. BASIS Tucson North was selected as the #6 STEM school in the country, and the #2 charter school.

In 2014, BASIS Scottsdale was ranked as the #2 high school in the United States, and BASIS Tucson North as #5. In 2013, the schools were flipped: BASIS Tucson North was #2, and BASIS Scottsdale was #5.

Both BASIS Tucson North and BASIS Scottsdale have been near the top of the U.S. News rankings (top 16) every year since becoming eligible.


The Washington Post

The 2016 rankings of BASIS.ed-managed schools is impressive. In The Washington Post’s “Most Challenging High Schools” list, BASIS Oro Valley ranked #1, BASIS Flagstaff #2, and BASIS Tucson North #4. On its 2016 list of “Top Performing U.S. Schools with Elite Students,” BASIS Scottsdale, BASIS Chandler, and BASIS Peoria were included.

In 2015, The Washington Post published its "America's Most Challenging High Schools" and it is no surprise that BASIS.ed managed schools is featured. Three of our schools were ranked in the top six high schools in the country with BASIS Oro Valley ranked #1, BASIS Chandler #2, and BASIS Tucson North #6. According to these rankings, no other school, public or private has a curriculum that challenges students more than the students find at BASIS International School Shenzhen.

The 2014 school rankings put BASIS Tucson North at #10 in the nation. BASIS Scottsdale was — for the second straight year — on the Post's "Public Elites" list. In 2013, both BASIS Scottsdale and BASIS Tucson North were on the Post's "Public Elites" list. In 2012, BASIS Tucson North was ranked #1 in the nation, and BASIS Scottsdale (in its first year of eligibility for Post rankings) was #5. BASIS Tucson North was #4 in 2011, its first year of eligibility.


Newsweek and The Daily Beast

From 2006, when BASIS Tucson North first became eligible, through 2013, Newsweek ranked the school in the top seven high schools in the country, every year, including #1 in 2008. In 2013, BASIS Scottsdale was ranked #3 in the nation, and BASIS Tucson North was ranked #7. In 2012, BASIS Scottsdale's first year of Newsweek-eligibility, it was #3, and BASIS Tucson North was #5. Then, in 2014, Newsweek changed its rankings formula so that schools that include all grades from kindergarten through the 12th grade (like those managed by BASIS.ed) were no longer eligible for Newsweek's rankings. However, The Daily Beast, owned by Newsweek, began ranking such schools in 2014 and our success continued.

The Daily Beast's rankings were the first rankings for which BASIS Oro Valley was eligible. BASIS Scottsdale was ranked #2, BASIS Oro Valley was ranked #7, and BASIS Tucson North was ranked #29 on the 2014 list.

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