STEM Premier Spotlight: Arizona


Quick Facts:

  • STEM Premier Secondary-Level Students: 3,000+
  • Top College Interests: Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon University, Stanford University
  • Top Intended Majors: Nursing, Pre-Med, Computer Science

 Our next state spotlight takes us across the Grand Canyon for a closer look at the state of Arizona. Arizona is well-known for its tourism industry, but the state’s economy is much broader. Its utility, transportation, financial, and healthcare industries are also major components of the state’s economic foundation.  Arizona is also home to one of the nation’s top STEM Schools: BASIS Tucson North

 Arizona’s largest population of STEM Premier students is concentrated in the state capitol of Phoenix. Other hubs of students exist in Tucson - home of the University of Arizona, Flagstaff, and Yuma.

 Medical fields dominate the top occupational interests of Arizona’s students, and include surgeons, nursing, pediatrics, and physical therapy.

 ACT’s 2016 Condition of STEM Report on Arizona shows that overall STEM interest among the state’s students remains steady at 48%, which mirrors the national average. However, particular interest in the mathematics and computer science fields has increased, while medical and healthcare interest has sunk a bit.

 Learn more about STEM in Arizona by checking out ACT's full report.

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #6 BASIS Tucson North

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. In today’s post, let’s check out #6: BASIS Tucson North in Tucson, Arizona.

Quick Stats

  • Grade Levels: 5-12
  • Total Enrollment: 913
  • Students on STEM Premier?: YES

BASIS Tucson North is the second BASIS school in the top 10 best STEM high schools, joining its counterpart #4 BASIS Scottsdale. Operated by BASIS.ed, this international network of charter schools boasts sixteen institutions in the state of Arizona, where the organization originally found roots in 1998. Since then, BASIS has established locations in Texas as well as Washington D.C.

With a capacity of 1,000 students, BASIS Tucson North is the largest campus in the BASIS network, and like its sister schools, it is structured into lower and upper levels in which grades 5-8 develop organizational skills and core knowledge while grades 9-12 includes an intensive AP-required curriculum.

Not to be outdone by its impressive academic rigor, BASIS Tucson also boasts dozens of extracurricular activities tailored to meet the interests of the school’s diverse student body. Student activities include Chess Club, Dance Team, Mock Trial, and - our personal favorite - Women in STEM.


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.