In new rankings released Monday evening, the BASIS Curriculum Schools network has the three best public high schools in the nation, four of the top five, and five of the top seven public high schools, in what is among the most-admired annual reports on American high schools.
The BASIS Curriculum Schools network had five schools eligible for the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. It is the first time a network or district has swept the top three spots – or had four of the top five, five of the top seven, or even five of the top ten:
BASIS Scottsdale - #1 high school in U.S.
BASIS Tucson North - #2 high school in U.S.
BASIS Oro Valley - #3 high school in U.S.
BASIS Peoria - #5 high school in U.S.
BASIS Chandler - #7 high school in U.S.
"The story here is straightforward and unprecedented: thousands of children now have choices in their futures that they otherwise would not have had," said co-founder Olga Block.
"Today there can be no doubt that we are the gold-standard American educational network," added co-founder Michael Block. "Our growth is matched only by the sustained quality of our academics.
"In addition to the national rankings, two BASIS Curriculum Schools are ranked in the top five STEM schools in the nation: BASIS Scottsdale (#3) and BASIS Tucson North (#5). And the five BASIS Curriculum Schools that are ranked in the top seven nationally are also the top five charter schools in America – numbers one through five, in the same order as their national rankings."
It is particularly worth noting that these five BASIS Curriculum Schools in the top seven are open enrollment public charter schools. There is no barrier to entry. Anyone can attend – unlike many of the others in the rankings, including others ranked in the top ten," said Peter Bezanson, who oversees the network's charter schools.
2017 is the first year that BASIS Peoria and BASIS Chandler are eligible for the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Last year, BASIS Scottsdale was ranked #2, BASIS Tucson North was #3, and BASIS Oro Valley was #7 in the national rankings.
This is the first time in five years that School for the Gifted and Talented in Texas has been knocked out of the #1 spot. It ranks #4 this year, behind BASIS Scottsdale, BASIS Tucson North, and BASIS Oro Valley.
For BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, the rankings resonate in so many ways. It confirms the tremendous opportunity being afforded to our students. Our students, wherever they go (and wherever they apply) will carry with them the success of these rankings. They can also share in the celebration of these schools' success because they too are putting in the hard work and engaging their imaginations to meet the challenges of the BASIS Curriculum.
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. There are currently 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.