SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In rankings released on Sunday, April 17, 2016 by The Washington Post, highlighting the nation's top-performing schools, the BASIS.ed network of schools broke all records.
An unprecedented six BASIS.ed schools were at the top of two new nationwide rankings lists by The Washington Post. Three BASIS.ed schools are so successful that they have been categorized among the "Public Elites," and three additional schools have earned the #1, #2 and #4 rankings of national high schools. Together, these six schools – the only BASIS.ed schools eligible for this year's Post rankings -- are among a handful of the most challenging and impressive schools in America.
- Public Elites - "Top Performing U.S. Schools with Elite Students": BASIS Chandler, BASIS Peoria, BASIS Scottsdale
- Most Challenging High Schools: #1 BASIS Oro Valley, #2 BASIS Flagstaff, #4 BASIS Tucson North
"This is quite a record," said The Washington Post's Jay Mathews. "One the BASIS.ed educators should all be very proud of."
It is the first year that BASIS Flagstaff and BASIS Peoria have been eligible for The Washington Post rankings, which are released every April and are based on a number of factors, including the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous year, divided by the number of graduates that year. The percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies, and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, are also assessed.
BASIS Oro Valley and BASIS Chandler each made its debut on the Post's renowned list last year, at #1 and #2. BASIS Scottsdale and BASIS Tucson North, the two oldest "legacy" BASIS.ed schools, have repeatedly been on the list, including last year when BASIS Tucson North was #6 and BASIS Scottsdale was once again on the "Public Elites" list.
BASIS.ed CEO Peter Bezanson was thrilled: "I am so proud of our wonderful students and teachers. BASIS.ed managed schools provide our faculty with the opportunity to teach a discipline they love in a culture that cherishes their expertise and passion. Our teachers set high expectations and match that challenge with extraordinary levels of support. The real winners are the BASIS students at these six schools and across the network: they rise to the challenge, and through hard work they ensure that their opportunities are unbounded."
BASIS.ed was founded to raise the standards of American education to the highest international levels. BASIS.ed manages twenty public charter schools, including seventeen in Arizona, two in Texas, and one in Washington, D.C. It manages five private schools, in Fremont and San Jose, CA; Brooklyn, NY; McLean, VA; and Shenzhen, China. In 2017, BASIS.ed will open a school on Manhattan's Upper West Side – its sixth private school. For more information please visit basised.com or manhattan.basisindependent.com.