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Basis School Preparing for School Year

Flagstaff’s newest charter, Basis School, plans to begin school August 17th.   Kara Kelty, the Head of the Basis Flagstaff campus says she is enthusiastic about the school.  “We have 515 enrolled with a few openings in certain grades,” she tells FBN.

Governor Jan Brewer, the Basis President and Board Chairman Craig Barrett, and Basis Founders Michael and Olga Block attended a ribbon cutting ceremony in Flagstaff yesterday.

Basis school is located at 1700 Gemini Dr., on McMillan Mesa in central Flagstaff.


BASIS seeks to educate American students at an internationally competitive level. With raised academic expectations, implemented through an accelerated curriculum that pushes students to reach their highest academic potential, BASIS prepares middle and high school students to compete with their peers in countries with highly performing educational systems, such as Finland, Canada, Japan, and Korea.

The BASIS educational philosophy, which is quite straightforward, rests on three legs: A rigorous curriculum, student accountability, and knowledgeable and effective teachers.


  • We implement an internationally benchmarked and challenging liberal arts curriculum.


  • We teach students to take responsibility for their educational achievement.
  • We hold students accountable for mastering grade level material through Comprehensive and Board Examinations.
  • We teach students organizational and study skills in the early middle school grades.


  • BASIS recruits and hires knowledgeable and effective teachers who are capable of conveying difficult concepts and content to young students.
  • BASIS rewards teachers for the learning gains made by their students through theAnnual Teacher Fund, a private fundraising campaign that raises private dollars to provide top quality teachers with salary supplements and bonuses.
  • BASIS gives its expert teachers a large degree of autonomy in curriculum design and pedagogy.




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