TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - U.S. News and World Report recently released their rankings for Best High Schools, Best Charter Schools, Best Magnet Schools, and Best STEM Schools. The BASIS schools make up the top five on the list of the Best High Schools in the U.S.
Over 20,000 schools were surveyed so that the lists could be complied. Rounding out the top five for Best High Schools nationally are BASIS Scottsdale, BASIS Chandler, BASIS Oro Valley, BASIS Tucson North and ranked fifth is BASIS Flagstaff. All five schools were given a gold medal by U.S. News and World Report, along with a 100 percent graduation rate and a 100 percent for college preparedness.
BASIS parents tell Tucson News Now the rankings don't come as a shock to them.
"Well to me it says that whatever they're doing they're doing right and my daughter is the lucky recipient of them kind of figuring out how to get children prepared for college," Richard Burrows, a parent to two kids at BASIS Tucson North, says.
Of the top 10 schools listed, BASIS made up six schools on that list.
The premise of BASIS is what they say leads them to have such success. Their theory is that when their students are faced with a challenge, the majority of students will rise to it, rather than shy away from it. So, they push their students academically and they ask their students to push themselves as well.
For Richard Burrow, the rigorous curriculum is worth it. He says he thinks it will set his kids up for success in the future. And the fact that his two daughters are getting such a reputable education for free isn't a bad thing either.
"To duplicate this, what my daughter is getting here in high school, would have cost me $25,000 a year in California. This type of education that I'm getting at a public school price."
For U.S. News and World Report's full list click here.
For more information on the BASIS schools click here.