Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #4 BASIS Scottsdale

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re taking a closer look at the schools which made the list. This week, we’d like to check out #4: BASIS Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Quick Stats

  • Grade Levels: K-12
  • Total Enrollment: 756
  • Students on STEM Premier: 3

Boasting a 100% AP participation rate, BASIS Scottsdale is part of a cluster of charter schools operated by BASIS.ed, an international educational network. These schools operate based on the highest international standards, and BASIS Scottsdale is no exception.

BASIS Scottsdale serves as a comprehensive school, teaching all grade levels from K-12. The school is organized into two entities. In the Lower School, students are provided with a strong educational foundation which prepares them for the rigorous AP curriculum of the Upper School. While the school excels in teaching the STEM disciplines, it features a robust humanities curriculum as well.

Students are challenged early on in their educational career. Latin is introduced to students in grade 5, and students as young as grade 8 can begin taking AP courses. BASIS Scottsdale students can be expected to take at least eight AP classes by the end of grade 11.

Aside from its prestigious ranking as the #4 STEM high school in the U.S., BASIS Scottsdale is also recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 high school in Arizona, and the #2 high school in the entire county.