BASIS Mesa has been known for its exceptionality since its inception in 2013. Our campus is built on top of the old GM Proving Grounds, which were 40 miles of asphalt laid down in the middle of the Sonoran Desert in 1953 as a test track for some of the world’s fastest and most remarkable vehicles. Following its closure in 2009, that patch of desert was transformed into the innovation and technology hub that is now Eastmark—the country’s sixth fastest-growing community and home to our beautiful K–12 campus.
We strive to honor our history by being something of an academic proving ground, where our students—at age five or age eighteen—are encouraged to test out their most creative ideas, expand their intellectual limits, and push the learning needle to red. Our exceptionally diverse student body who represent their widely varied cultural and economic backgrounds embody the source of our tremendous strength.
At BASIS Charter Schools, we’ve tested and confirmed something we believed from the start: when faced with a challenge, the vast majority of students will rise to meet it, rather than shrink from it.
In other words, advanced academic achievement is a function of challenging students to:
- Push themselves.
- Ask questions and seek help.
- Think harder over time about what connects the subjects they are learning.
- Never shy away from the opportunity to reach their potential.
The BASIS Charter School Curriculum
Revolutionary, comprehensive, and advanced: an academic program designed to prepare students for a brilliant future.
We have studied the best-performing schools in the world, and we continue to consider what works well and analyze how to make the BASIS Charter School Curriculum better every year.
From an academic standpoint, the BASIS Charter School Curriculum provides a foundation of disciplinary knowledge that fuels critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.
From a behavioral standpoint, teachers in every grade focus on and motivate the development of two fundamental competencies: the organization of complex tasks and the productive management of limited time.
From a cultural standpoint, the BASIS Charter School Curriculum invites participation, requires an appreciation of diverse perspectives, pushes boundaries, and demands professionalism.
The BASIS Diploma Senior Projects
The BASIS Diploma Senior Project at BASIS Mesa is a selective program that involves an off-campus research project or internship of the students’ choice and design. Students select a BASIS Curriculum faculty member as their advisor and work with a mentor at their selected research site. These projects may be completed anywhere in the world. At the end of the trimester, students return to campus and present an analysis of their findings to peers, staff, and parents.
BASIS Mesa is one of 13 BASIS Charter Schools participating in the 2021 BASIS Charter School Senior Project Program. To view the details of a specific project, enter the password below.
- As a growing school in the rapidly expanding community of Eastmark, BASIS Mesa partners with community members to implement and foster a “Community Counts” character program. Each month, the school highlights a character trait—such as respect or teamwork—and celebrates with pep assemblies, spirit days, and more. Partnerships among teachers, staff, parents, students, and Eastmark community members allow BASIS Mesa to participate in the growth of this innovative new community in east Mesa and benefit from its rich resources, alongside neighboring tech leaders like Apple and EdgeCore.
- We are one of three BASIS Charter School campuses that house kindergarten through grade 12 under one roof.
- BASIS Mesa’s Class of 2019 graduated seven National Hispanic Scholars (determined by performance on the PSAT).
- Much of our faculty hold advanced post-graduate degrees: 48 percent have a master’s degree; 4 percent have a doctorate degree, and 4 percent have a law degree.
- In 2018, of the 154 BASIS Mesa students who took 480 AP exams, 85 percent earned a passing score of 3 or higher.
- During the 2017–2018 school year, our students traveled with their teachers to both Washington, D.C., and Costa Rica.
Mesa, Arizona is blessed to be the home of many of the state’s best middle schools. Here’s a shortlist you should check out:
- Santa Maria Middle School
- Cooley Middle School
- Self Development Charter School
- ASU Preparatory Academy- Polytechnic Middle School
- Heritage Academy Laveen
- Mesa Arts Academy
- Imagine Schools East Mesa Elementary and Middle School
- BASIS Mesa
- Mesa Distance Learning Program
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1630 South Stapley Drive, Suite 212 in Mesa, Arizona! Stop by for a visit anytime!