BASIS Global has a short history, but when looking at what we have accomplished with our first school, it is clear we have a bright future. The results of our students are second-to-none internationally and we relish in bringing that experience to other areas of the world. The BASIS.ed.ed Curriculum has demonstrated that our students perform at a higher level than the average private school and a much higher level than most entire countries. The BASIS.ed Culture has prepared numerous students to successfully take the next step in their academic careers and beyond.
Our story began in 1998 when Dr. Michael and Olga Block, world-class economists and academicians, found that the traditional American education system had fallen far behind the best of those found in Europe and Asia. While they enjoyed the spirit and creativity in the American classrooms they saw, they also found that low expectations of American students led to a lack of curricular substance. So they created a brand new school in Tucson, Arizona, and BASIS was born. They quickly discovered that students did not falter but instead thrived when challenged, rising to the levels of, and then surpassing, the best students in the world.
They developed a formula for success and have been refining it over the last 17 years, proving that any student can become a great student when challenged with a proper course of study taught by subject-matter experts and supported by a culture of excellence. What began as a single campus in Tucson has significantly grown. BASIS.ed now provides the curriculum and teachers to five entities: BASIS Schools, Inc., BASIS Washington D.C., BASIS Texas Schools Inc., BASIS Independent Schools, LLC, and BASIS Global, LLC.
BASIS Schools, Inc. holds the charter for BASIS public schools in Arizona, BDC, A Public Charter School, Inc. holds the charter for a BASIS public charter school in Washington D.C., and BTX Schools Inc. retains the charter for BASIS public charter schools in Texas. BASIS Independent Schools, LLC currently operates two private schools, located in Silicon Valley and Brooklyn, with a third and fourth opening in northern Virginia and central California, respectively, in 2016. So far, BASIS.ed manages a system of 20 schools in the United States and one international school tied together by the belief that achievement comes from a world-class curriculum and excellent teachers backed by hard work and accountability.
Today, our students are among the best ranked and acclaimed in the world, as noted in Amanda Ripley's book "The Smartest Kids in the World (and How They Got That Way)" as well in in countless rankings, from The Washington Post to U.S. News and World Report, among many others. Now the BASIS family extends outside of the United States, with our first school in beautiful Shenzhen, China.
In 2014, BASIS.ed began expanding the scope of our revolutionary educational operations – including recruiting teachers from overseas, and hosting international students on exchange programs. Soon after, BASIS Global was born – undertaking the entirety of BASIS.ed’s overseas operations, and developing and operating schools using the BASIS.ed academic program at locations outside of the U.S. In the spring of 2015, BASIS Global announced that it would open BASIS International School Shenzhen that fall; from the outset, interest was sky-high, and students and families from Asia, as well as American and European ex-pats, flocked to the new institution with the tried-and-true world-class program. It is merely a first step for BASIS Global, just as our Tucson school turned out to be a first step for BASIS late last century.
The mission of every BASIS school — to empower students to achieve at globally competitive levels with a transformative K-12 academic program — has not changed. Likewise, the mission of BASIS.ed is still to establish and support the best schools in the world. BASIS Global is proud to be a part of each of these successful visions of educating students.