BASIS Phoenix is in its fifth year of operation and will graduate its third senior class in May. Thus far, BASIS Phoenix has averaged more than $200,000 per graduate in merit-based aid with 100% college acceptance to institutions such as Columbia, Cornell, Northwestern, and Yale, to name a few. Recently, BASIS Phoenix was mentioned in The Arizona Republic as a top Arizona high school based on average SAT score.
During the 2015-16 academic year, BASIS Phoenix participated in BASIS.ed Senior Projects for the first time, with project topics ranging from “The Evolution of Medical Cannibalism in Britain” to “The Effects of Radiation Dosage on Prostate Cancer Cell Lines”. Of the seven students who participated in Senior Projects, four were nominated to receive the Brackenridge Foundation Award.
The school is fortunate to have College Guidance Counselor Bridget Querciagrossa and her Assistant College Guidance Counselor Kate Taylor as part of its faculty. Attending a dedicated class every day with a ratio of one teacher to seven students allows for the personal attention and time students need to submit quality college applications. Having two counselors also allows the school to have one counselor focus more on helping students manage their Senior Project resources.
Highlights from the 2015–2016 school year:
- 100% of the Class of 2016 received AP Scholar Awards with 38%
receiving the National AP Scholar Award.
- Six BASIS Phoenix students participated in Mathcounts Regionals,
with the team taking 2nd place.
- Three BASIS Phoenix students were selected as National Merit Finalists
- BASIS Phoenix had two early graduates, one of whom was admitted
to the Direct-MD program at the University of Alabama, where over
the course of eight years, she will obtain both her bachelor’s and
- English and Journalism teacher Anne Levy published her first young adult