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Mock Calculus Exam
April 26, 2014 8:30am
Cafe North and Cafe South

Mock AP Chinese Exam
April 26, 2014 1:00pm
Room 13

Mock AP French Exam
April 26, 2014 1:00pm
Room 21

Mock AP Spanish Exam
April 26, 2014 1:00pm
Room 22

Mock AP Latin Exam
April 26, 2014 1:00pm
Room 5

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BASIS in the Media


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.


A Letter from the Head of School

Dear Families and Supporters of BASIS Scottsdale,

With great pleasure, we look forward to continued collaboration among families, students, and teaching staff, as we witness a strong conclusion to what has been an excellent academic year. As always, the students have exceeded our expectations by meeting both their personal and academic goals. Our senior class has collected many accolades and college acceptances; the Middle School Science team will again travel to Nationals in Washington, DC this spring; the teaching staff collaborated closely on the construction of educational materials which enhance the classroom experience.

Together Ms. McConaghy and Ms. Ruggles have guided the scholastic, athletic, artistic and community efforts of BASIS Scottsdale.  We have worked to ensure the health of our school, supporting the vibrant and diverse community we host.

BASIS Scottsdale has welcomed many organizations, philanthropists, and educational institutions as they have requested to tour the facilities and meet our renowned students.  Without exception, these individuals have expressed amazement at what we take for granted:  we are a world class institution with happy students and teachers engaged in learning, and supporting one another while taking great steps forward.

Due to the strength of our teachers, the skills of our support staff, and the enthusiasm of our students, we have once again accomplished what we set out to do: we have raised the bar for American education, and provided an exceptional academic and scholastic experience.


Thank you for your support!


Hadley Ruggles                                Elizabeth McConaghy
BASIS Scottsdale                              BASIS Scottsdale




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.