Nerds are cool.

World-class academics are at the center of everything we do. We’re into books and big ideas, economics and history, STEM and the arts and (literal) rocket science! From kindergarten through high school, and from coursework to extracurriculars, our program is grounded in academic learning and achievement.

Our students are taught to achieve — and want to achieve — at the highest academic levels; they learn to love learning, master new concepts, and excel in subjects at an advanced level.

BASIS Charter School students are inquisitive and do not shy away from hard work; they want to know how things work and why, and are encouraged to ask questions, and seek answers.

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School should be hard.

Our students reach for the highest academic standards, and achieve far more than many believe possible. Average students become extraordinary students when they have the opportunity and support to do so.

We don’t veer from the difficult subjects but instead embrace them, and begin teaching them in early grades.

We assign homework as an extension of concepts learned in the classroom. The opportunity to practice—to try, to fail, to try again, and to learn—leads to mastery.

We’ve done this for many years, and we know that setting a high bar – at an internationally competitive level — is our responsibility to the next generation.

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Excellent student outcomes require expert teachers.

We give smart people the freedom to teach in the manner they think is best for their students, and we hold them accountable for student learning.

Our teachers are true experts in their subjects. They demonstrate command over their discipline, often holding graduate degrees and practical experience in their field.

We grant teachers earned autonomy, and we measure teacher effectiveness through student mastery and student performance in their coursework and on high-stakes exams.

We believe in alignment of incentives: we hold teachers accountable for student outcomes on the very tests that are the most meaningful to students.

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Academic achievement is the responsibility and the reward of the entire network.

All of us – students and staff – are committed to hard work and focus.

Every student, teacher, parent, and employee in Texas actively support the BASIS Charter School mission: to empower students to achieve at globally competitive levels with a transformative K–12 academic program.

Achievement comes from hard work – applying oneself and overcoming personal limitations.

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Students are leaders, not spectators, in their own education.

For any student willing to work hard, and for families willing to support them, our internationally competitive education has no barriers to entry. BASIS Charter Schools are open-enrollment, tuition-free public schools.

Our families choose us because we believe that learning about and respecting a diversity of worldviews allows students to develop into thoughtful, independent global citizens.

We encourage each of our students to be true to their unique selves and to express their ideas civilly and freely.

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*Washington Post – America’s Most Challenging Schools, 2011–2017; U.S. News & World Report – National Rankings, 2008–2021.