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EF Tours: Greece Meeting
April 21, 2014 5:00pm
Room 3

Chaperone Training for 5th Grade Trip
April 22, 2014 5:00pm
MS Science Room at BASIS Phoenix

Coffee with Ms. Pajtas
April 24, 2014 9:00am
Classroom: Biology 2

GP5 / Trim 3 End
May 1, 2014 all day

Tentative: Comp Review Begins
May 2, 2014 all day

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BASIS in the Media


BASIS Charter Schools, recognized as among the very best in both US and international rankings, offer students the opportunity of their lifetimes. “I am involved with BASIS because I know it employs a model that works. With these fundamentals in place, the BASIS Schools have achieved phenomenal results.”
Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman and President of BASIS Board of Directors, retired Chairman & CEO of Intel Corporation


11850 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85028
Phone: 602.595.9870
Fax: 602.595.9820
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:15 AM to 3:45 PM

BASIS Phoenix opened in August 2012 featuring the same course of study as our award-winning sister schools in Scottsdale and Tucson. This year, BASIS Phoenix offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 5 through 11. Our first 12th grade class will graduate in May 2014..

The Lower School program, which comprises grades 5 through 7, focuses on building organizational and study skills and creating a deep knowledge base necessary for students to tackle the demanding AP-based upper school curriculum. In addition to language arts and math, Latin, classics, general science and physical geography are introduced in 5th grade. Physics, chemistry and biology are offered as individual science courses beginning in 6th grade. Seventh graders continue the study of these subjects while also deciding whether to continue to pursue Latin or to switch to the study of a modern foreign language such as Mandarin, French or Spanish.

The Upper School program, which has brought BASIS Scottsdale and BASIS Tucson North repeated recognition as one of the top 10 high school programs in the country by U.S. News, Newsweek, and The Washington Post, offers students a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. BASIS Phoenix Upper School students begin taking Advanced Placement® (AP) courses as early as the eighth grade and will take at least eight AP courses and six AP® exams before graduating from BASIS. For more details on the typical course sequence, visit the curriculum tab.


Dear Friends,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to BASIS Phoenix! Our school is packed to the brim with excellent teachers and staff, both seasoned BASIS veterans and passionate newbies. Together, we are committed to providing our students with a stimulating learning environment, an advanced curriculum, and exciting extracurricular opportunities.

BASIS Phoenix has a decidedly college preparatory flare not only in its curriculum but in its attitude toward student behavior. Simply put, we have high expectations for our students and we expect our young scholars to accord the appropriate level of respect to their peers, teachers, and parents in order to foster a positive, collegiate learning environment. Our community is also proud to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect, cosmopolitan worldviews, and a strong work ethic. We want our students to become advocates for their own education.

It is exactly this rigorous academic and inclusive environment that attracted me to BASIS in January 2012. I joined BASIS Phoenix upon returning to the United States from an extended stay in Italy, where I coordinated an undergraduate neuroscience program for Harvard Summer School. I received my degree in psychology with a certificate in neuroscience from Harvard College in 2007, and I remain very passionate about cognitive science research and about critical science education at all levels.

I welcome any questions you might have; please contact me to learn more about how to join this remarkable educational community! And since my last name invariably leads to a tongue twister, I wanted to offer a little help with the pronunciation: Pajtás is pronounced ‘Poy-tash.’

Petra Pajtas
Head of School
BASIS Phoenix





Per A.R.S. § 38-431.02. Notice of meetings for BASIS Phoenix will be posted on this website under People – School Board. Notices will also be posted on a front lobby window at 11850 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85028, visible to the public 24 hours per day, seven days a week.