Most private schools base their promotional materials on a storied history of prestige. At BASIS International School Shenzhen, we do not have a long and illustrious past; instead we have a reputation for results. In fact, assessments of the BASIS Curriculum have demonstrated that our students perform at a higher level than students in traditional American private schools and at a much higher level than all of the students in many countries. The BASIS Curriculum Schools culture has prepared numerous students to take successfully the next step in their academic careers and beyond. We have been making history in education with our schools in the United States, and we are excited to begin our international history in Shenzhen.
Our story began in 1998 when Dr. Michael and Olga Block, world-class economists and academicians, found that the traditional American education system had fallen far behind the best of those found in Europe and Asia. While they enjoyed the spirit and creativity in the American classrooms they saw, they also found that low expectations of American students led to a lack of curricular substance. So they created a brand new school in Tucson, Arizona, and BASIS Curriculum Schools were born. They quickly discovered that students did not falter but instead thrived when challenged, rising to the levels of, and then surpassing, the best students in the world.
They developed a formula for success and have been refining it over the last 17 years, proving that any student can become a great student when challenged with a proper course of study taught by subject-matter experts and supported by a culture of excellence. What began as a single campus in Tucson has significantly grown. There are now thirty-one charter, independent, and international schools using the BASIS Curriculum, with students seeking the BASIS Diploma.
Today, BASIS Curriculum students rank among the world's best. Our network has five schools ranked in the top seven schools in the United States, according to the 2017 rankings from U.S. News & World Report, and seven schools top the two rankings lists in the 2017 rankings by The Washington Post. BASIS Curriculum students are also highly ranked, once again, on recent results of the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA), Advanced Placement exams given by the College Board, and in the National Merit Scholarship Program, among many consistent honors and accolades.
In 2014, BASIS began expanding the scope of our revolutionary educational operations – including recruiting teachers from overseas, and hosting international students on exchange programs. Soona after, BASIS Global was born – undertaking the entirety of BASIS Curriculum Schools' overseas operations, and developing and operating schools using the BASIS Curriculum at locations outside of the U.S. In the spring of 2015, BASIS Global announced that it would open BASIS International School Shenzhen that fall; from the outset, interest was sky-high, and students and families from Asia, as well as American and European ex-pats, flocked to the new institution with the tried-and-true world-class program. It is merely a first step for BASIS Global, just as our Tucson school turned out to be a first step for BASIS Curriculum Schools late last century.
BASIS Curriculum Schools have been raising the levels of their students' learning to the highest international standards for nineteen academic years, and we look forward to continuing to foster a culture of high-level learning for our students across the world. BASIS Global is proud to be a part of one of the world's most successful education networks, with such an extraordinary vision for educating students.