2013-14 Parent/Student Handbook
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WELCOME TO BASIS TUCSON NORTH
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
BASIS TUCSON NORTH
5740 E. River Road Tucson, Arizona 85750 Phone: 520-207-0076 Fax: 520-207-6606
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
BASIS Tucson North is both the most established BASIS School and one of the newest BASIS Schools in the BASIS family of schools. Located at the crossroads of three different public school districts at the southeast corner of River and Craycroft, BASIS Tucson North has the capacity for 1000 students, serves Grades 5-12, and is the largest BASIS campus in existence. Built in 2012, our state-of-the-art facility houses the Upper School faculty and students who earned the flagship, BASIS Tucson, its numerous accolades, including a #1 national ranking on the 2012 Washington Post “Challenge List.”
As in all BASIS Schools, the BASIS Tucson North 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. Taught by teachers who are experts in their fields, the Lower School curriculum includes coursework in Classics, Latin, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Algebra, U. S. and World History, English, Kenpo and Fine Arts.
The BASIS Tucson North 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. AP exams are required and paid for by the school. Upper School students can begin taking Advanced Placement exams 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:
Ten years ago, when BASIS Tucson High School had only 60 students and BASIS Scottsdale was only in its second year, I joined BASIS to teach English and to help create a Grade 12 college counseling curriculum for the first class of BASIS seniors. Today, three of my former students are teachers at our school – the largest in a rapidly growing network of BASIS Schools – and my discussions about literature only happen outside of the classroom. I can hardly believe how things have changed!
Even at its largest, though, BASIS feels like a family, and I work hard to perpetuate that sense in daily life at BASIS Tucson North. Ours is a culture of collaboration: nearly everywhere one looks in our school, we find teachers helping students, students helping teachers, and students helping students. We have a robust peer tutoring program, additional options for academic support (Math Lab, the Study Methods elective), and a full time Academic Support Coordinator.
It’s also no coincidence that our Academic Support Coordinator doubles as our Athletic Director, because we believe that a school community should be built both in and out of the classroom. That is why we have a diverse and large extracurricular program with activities like Guitar, Cribbage Club, Soccer, and Patriotic Society.
At BASIS Tucson North, everyone helps nurture this culture and the results are phenomenal – we continue to have 100% of our seniors accepted to 4-year post-secondary institutions, including some of the most selective in the country, like Harvard, Stanford, M.I.T., Williams, Middlebury, and Reed (my Alma Mater!).
Welcome to BASIS Tucson North! Please feel free to email me with questions and/or concerns any time.
Head of School
BASIS Tucson North
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS
Per A.R.S. § 38-431.02. Notice of meetings for BASIS Tucson North will be posted on this website under People – School Board. Notices will also be posted on a front lobby window at 5740 East River Road, Tucson, AZ 85750, visible to the public 24 hours per day, seven days a week.