BASIS Scottsdale

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BASIS Scottsdale
BASIS Scottsdale Logo 2013.png
11440 N. 136th Street
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85259
United States
Coordinates 33°35′25″N 111°47′17″W / 33.59024°N 111.78802°W / 33.59024; -111.78802Coordinates: 33°35′25″N 111°47′17″W / 33.59024°N 111.78802°W / 33.59024; -111.78802
School type Public charter high school
Established 2003
Grades 5-12
Athletics conference Canyon Athletic Association
Mascot Bulldogs
Average SAT scores 2152 (2013)
Average ACT scores (2013) 31.7

BASIS Scottsdale is located on the northwest corner of 136th St. and Via Linda.[1] It is operated by BASIS Schools, a nationally-recognized operator of charter schools in Arizona.


The school's original logo, used from 2003 to 2010
The school's second logo, used from 2010 to 2013

BASIS Scottsdale was founded in 2003. Co-founders Michael and Olga Block aimed to create a school that would educate students at an internationally competitive level, with students ready to compete with their top performing peers in the world's top school systems, like China, Finland, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland. The first campus served middle school students in 5th through 8th grade. In 2007, a new larger campus was opened and the school expanded to accommodate a high school of grades 9 through 12.

In the media[edit]

BASIS Scottsdale is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 high school programs in the country by U.S. News, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.

BASIS Scottsdale has been featured on CNN News for the quality of its education. The school was also featured in the documentary Two Million Minutes: The 21st Century Solution.[2]


BASIS Scottsdale, which serves grades 5-12, offers an internationally inspired and benchmarked liberal arts curriculum with a STEM-focus. 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 offers a surfeit of Honors, AP and Post AP level classes. 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.

Annual Teacher Fund[edit]

Every year, BASIS' Annual Teacher Fund raises money to increase teacher salaries. Parents, philanthropists, as well as local business have donated in the past.

Bulldog Boosters[edit]

Named after the school's mascot, the Bulldog Boosters is the parent-run organization that coordinates many events, such as dances, fundraising, and lunches.[3]

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