BASIS schools offer students something no other American public school does: An education that prepares them according to the highest, most rigorous international standards. Our schools have been ranked consistently among the best schools in the United States--and the world.
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Flagstaff has a rich history in scientific discovery and innovation. Notable achievements in planetary discovery and pathogen genomics, along with the Colorado Plateau’s abundance of natural science, archaeology, and indigenous cultures have worked to make Flagstaff home to world-class scientists as well as research and development facilities.
Students in Flagstaff now have access to a world class education. BASIS Flagstaff opened in 2011 to serve children in Grades 5-12. BASIS Flagstaff is founded on the belief that students do better when you expect more from them, not less. The ingredients of BASIS’s success are knowledgeable and effective teachers, a strong curriculum, accountability, and academic support for students through tutoring and the development of superior study skills. Enrollment at BASIS Flagstaff will provide students with an opportunity to reach their highest academic potential through a culture dedicated to academic success. The BASIS classroom is full of enthusiasm for learning thanks to its top quality teachers who are experts in their fields and passionate about education as well as an environment which is free from distraction and focused on learning. Such an environment encourages our student population to promote a self-motivating and intellectually curious culture.
Though BASIS Flagstaff is new to the BASIS family, its sister schools consistently place near the top of national rankings. BASIS Tucson has ranked in Newsweek’s top ten list for five years—earning the #1 spot in 2008--and in U.S. News & World Report’s top 20 list of American high schools since the ranking’s inception in 2007.
BASIS Flagstaff will see its first graduating class in 2014. Already our students have achieved state and national recognition for academics and for extra-curricular activities. BASIS Flagstaff was also recognized state-wide when biology teacher Sheri Jordan became the Arizona Charter School Teacher of the Year in 2013. For more details, visit the curriculum tab.
Little did I know when I joined BASIS Tucson as a World History and Latin teacher back in 2011 that I would be given the honor of serving as Head of School at BASIS Flagstaff just three years later. When I started with BASIS I had every intention of finishing my dissertation and after a year or two returning to teach at the college or university level. To my surprise, the intellectual community I found at BASIS Tucson and then at BASIS Tucson North was as challenging, rigorous, and just plain fun as any I had ever known. The school was filled with curious students, brilliant teachers, and a dedicated staff that made the everyday struggles of learning and growth a pleasure. I was constantly inspired by how the level of commitment and engagement I saw all around me built a school culture where being curious about the world was cool.
In moving up to BASIS Flagstaff I was not sure what I would find. How similar would it be to the BASIS model I knew and loved? I need not have worried. The amazing staff and teachers at BASIS Flagstaff have already built a true BASIS school. This is only our fourth year, but already our students have accomplished amazing things. The graduating class or 2014, our first with only five students, were all accepted into top colleges and universities such as Yale NUS, Brigham Young, Kenyon, Barrett Honors College at ASU, Johns Hopkins, and many others. Our current graduating class will be the first to produce Senior Research Projects studying such diverse topics as prosthetics, women in politics, and mirror neurons.
It is now our task to deepen the school’s roots in the Flagstaff community, striving always to bring out the best personally, professionally, and academically in ourselves and in one another. This challenge will take patience and perseverance. As we say in the history biz, Rome was not built in a day. It is a challenge worthy of our greatest effort, however, and together we will reach our goals.
Thank you for your interest in BASIS Flagstaff.
Sean Clark, PhD
Head of School
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Per A.R.S. § 38-431.02. Notice of meetings for BASIS Flagstaff will be posted on this website under People – School Board. Notices will also be posted on a front lobby window at 1700 N. Gemini Drive, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001, visible to the public 24 hours per day, seven days a week.