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Welcome to BASIS Oro Valley & Oro Valley Primary

BASIS Oro Valley

Located just north of Tucson, Arizona, BASIS Oro Valley is in its seventh year and serves close to 600 students in grades 6–12. BASIS Oro Valley was the third BASIS.ed-managed charter school to open, following sister schools BASIS Tucson North and BASIS Scottsdale, and is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 high school programs in the country.

Impressively, the Class of 2017 at BASIS Oro Valley had a 100% acceptance rate to four-year institutions by the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Students earned early acceptances to institutions including Case Western Reserve University, Georgia Tech University, Macalester College, Princeton University, and Purdue University. These students have earned more than $1 million in renewable merit aid from Arizona schools alone. Additionally, three students were named National Merit Finalists, with two chosen as National Hispanic Scholars, and one Presidential Scholar Candidate.

Highlights from the 2015–2016 school year:

  • BASIS Oro Valley was ranked #1 Most Challenging High School the U.S. by The Washington Post, as well as #3 Best Charter High School in the United States, #3 Best High School in Arizona, and #6 Best High School in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Students’ average AP Exam scores increased from 3.6 in 2015 to 3.8 in 2016.
  • A student from the Class of 2016 implemented a program called Peer Mentoring. The student worked closely with the University of Arizona Psychology Department to establish a program that helped partner students in hopes of building the lines of communication, managing stress, having a better understanding of expectations, and setting realistic goals.
  • A student from the Class of 2016 received an award from the George W. Brackenridge Foundation for her Senior Research Project titled, “Experience Abroad: Early Childhood Development”.
  • World History teacher Brenda Bonine was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. This is a highly selective federally funded program that supports enrichment at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions.

BASIS Oro Valley Primary

Since first opening in 2014, BASIS Oro Valley Primary has been a force to be reckoned with. Every day, students are engaged in hands-on, dynamic lessons that connect real-world issues and ideas and they never cease to amaze us with their hard work and enthusiasm. Furthermore, the school emphasizes tolerance and understanding by holding lessons in kindness each grading period, and faculty and staff lead by example to instill the school’s foundational values into every aspect of the day.

We recognize the importance of unstructured play and, as such, BASIS Oro Valley Primary recently installed brand new playground equipment. Additionally, new computers have been added to Humanities and Kindergarten classrooms to better integrate technology into student learning, and, this year, the school has invested in a computer adaptive program to support students in literacy advancement. We can’t wait to see what the future brings to BASIS Oro Valley Primary!

Highlights from the 2015–2016 school year:

  • A 5th grade student advanced to the Math League National Competition.
  • A 5th grade student represented BASIS Oro Valley Primary in the state Spelling Bee competition.
  • A 4th grade student was named a SARSEF Science Fair Champion.
  • One student was named runner-up after 63 rounds at the Pima County Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition.
  • BASIS Oro Valley Primary was represented at the state level by a student in the National Geographic Geography Bee Competition.
  • Passing rates on the AzMERIT exam for 3rd grade students were in the top 2% in the state and passing rates in grades 3–5 were 33–53 percentage points higher than the state passing rate.
  • For the ISA, students’ scores were statistically significantly higher than the international average for every subject in every grade level.




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11129 N. Oracle Rd.  |  Oro Valley, AZ. 85737  |  Ph: (520) 812-5900