2013-14 Parent/Student Handbook
December 14, 2013 11:00am
December 19, 2013 7:30am
Ms. Kubly's art classes (periods 0, 4, and 7)
BASIS Scottsdale Annual Winter Concert
December 19, 2013 5:00pm
ASU Kerr Cultural Center
Winter Break (No School)
December 23, 2013 all day
December 25, 2013 all day
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WELCOME TO BASIS SCOTTSDALE
BASIS Charter Schools, recognized as among the very best in both US and international rankings, offer students the opportunity of their lifetimes. “I am involved with BASIS because I know it employs a model that works. With these fundamentals in place, the BASIS Schools have achieved phenomenal results.”
Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman and President of BASIS Board of Directors, retired Chairman & CEO of Intel Corporation
11440 N. 136th Street Scottsdale, Arizona 85259 Phone: 480.451.7500 Fax: 480.451.4555
BASIS Scottsdale opened in 2003, the second school to feature the BASIS course of study, Grades 5-12. This year we celebrate our 10th Anniversary! A decade later, our mission is unaltered; our standards higher than ever. BASIS Scottsdale boasts an elevated humanities program and a carefully constructed math and science curriculum, which is on par with the high achieving educational programs found in Europe and Asia. In short, BASIS students embark on a school career path that leads to present and future success.
The Lower School program focuses on building organizational and study skills and creating a deep knowledge base necessary for students to tackle the demanding AP-based upper school curriculum. Latin, general science and physical geography are introduced in Grade 5. Physics, chemistry and biology are in Grade 6. Seventh graders have the opportunity to study Mandarin, French or Spanish.
The BASIS Upper School is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 high school programs in the country by U.S. News, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. We offer a surfeit of Honors, AP and Post AP level classes in the high school grades, and we can claim that every student who enters the school can excel with support from teachers and family. Upper School students can begin taking Advanced Placement® courses as early as the eighth grade and will take at least eight AP courses and six AP® exams by the end of their junior year. For more details, visit the curriculum tab.
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL:
Welcome back, students and families of BASIS Scottsdale!
We have much to celebrate with the start of the 2013-2014 school year. We anticipate the excited energy as students and teachers alike enter the school grounds, which have been transformed over the summer. Students will enjoy the larger cafeteria spaces, the enhanced classrooms, and the on-site gymnasium. The school facilities are greatly improved, accommodating student needs for now and into the future.
As well as our strong staff of returning teachers, we begin the school year with several wonderful and highly qualified additions to the teaching staff. I confidently affirm that the marriage of content mastery and enthusiasm is rarely seen at a school other than BASIS Scottsdale. For this reason, I thank you in advance for all that you do to support our teachers.
This year’s group of school management includes Julie Kearney as Head of Operations, Ben Sullivan as Lower School Director, and Kristen Ramos as Upper School Director. I will be serving as Head of School with enthusiasm and dedication, moving from my previous position as Upper School Director and English instructor. I recognize the efforts of previous school administrations and feel fortunate to work with a team of devoted professionals and students. Having completed a Liberal Arts education, I personally recognize the importance of your sons and daughter’s intellectual pursuit. I hope to continue enhancing their experience and will rely on the feedback of students, parents, and faculty to meet this end.
While last year’s memories and accolades stand in the forefront of our minds, I encourage all of us to reflect and set goals for the upcoming year! Goals, expectations, and standards allow us to continue realizing the growth and potential of our school community. BASIS Scottsdale maintains its commitment to excellence in education and eagerly looks forward to assisting each student to do the same.
With highest regards,
Head of School
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS
Per A.R.S. § 38-431.02. Notice of meetings for BASIS Scottsdale will be posted on this website under People – School Board. Notices will also be posted on a front lobby window at 11440 North 136th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, visible to the public 24 hours per day, seven days a week.