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
- 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.