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Awards and Rankings

The proof is in the numbers! BASIS Charter Schools consistently rank among the best high schools in the United States.

As repeatedly demonstrated in U.S. News & World Report rankings, BASIS Charter Schools are among the best high schools in the nation. Our schools rank at the top or close to the top in national rankings, state rankings, national charter school rankings, and national STEM school rankings.

Every year, U.S. News & World Report assesses thousands of high schools from across the United States. In 2024, nearly 25,000 schools were assessed and nearly 18,000 schools were ranked. School rankings are based on factors such as performance on state assessments and college preparation.

For STEM High School rankings, U.S. News & World Report looked at the top 2,000 public schools from the latest Best High Schools rankings and evaluated their students’ participation and success in Advanced Placement® science and math tests.

Check out the BASIS Charter School rankings below to see why our schools are considered some of the best high schools in the U.S.! 

U.S. News & World Report: Best High School Rankings 2024

SchoolNational
Rankings
State
Rankings
National
Charter Schools
National
STEM Schools
BASIS Ahwatukee#34#5#9#44
BASIS Chandler#84#11#18#3
BASIS Mesa#56#7#12#17
BASIS Oro Valley#17#2#4#221
BASIS Peoria#1#1#1#2
BASIS Phoenix#45#6#10#25
BASIS Prescott#75#8#16#83
BASIS San Antonio Shavano#64#7#13#76
BASIS Scottsdale#32#3#7#9
BASIS Tucson North#33#4#8#7
BASIS Washington, D.C.#400#3 (D.C.)#81N/A

2022–23 Outcomes Magazine

Check out the latest issue of Outcomes, our annual magazine celebrating excellence by teachers and students in the BASIS Charter Schools network.

Academics With Distinction

We set high expectations for our students. One way we measure student success is through The College Board’s Advanced Placement® Exams. Our students’ Advanced Placement® performance is another reason why our charter school rankings are consistently placed among the best high schools in the nation.

Unlike most American schools, which only allow their top-performing students to take AP® courses, BASIS requires them of all students starting in grade 9. By the time they graduate, BASIS Charter School students have completed at least six AP courses. It is not unusual for students to have taken 11 or 12 AP Exams over the course of their educational journey.

The College Board® recognizes students’ exemplary performance by naming them as:

Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Awarded to students who display exceptional achievement across a variety of disciplines. See eligibility requirements.

Being an AP Scholar sets students apart from their peers on college applications. Those who receive a score of 3 or higher typically experience greater academic success. 

How do BASIS Charter Schools students perform on Advanced Placement exams?

86.02%

AP EXAM PASS RATE

12.14

AVERAGE NUMBER OF AP EXAMS PER GRADUATE

3.75

AVERAGE AP EXAM SCORE

AP Exam Pass Rate (by Test Group)

Source: College Board, 2021

AP® is a trademark registered/owned by The College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this website. 

MathReadingScience
BASIS Carter Schools*596624622
B-S-J-Z (China)591555590
Singapore569549551
Macao (China) 558525544
Hong Kong (China) 551524517
Estonia523523530
Japan527504529
Korea526514519
Canada512520518
Chinese Taipei 531503516
Finland507520522
Poland516512511
Ireland500518496

At Home and Abroad: BASIS Charter School Rankings Outperform

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Test for Schools is based on The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This test is administered to 15-year-old students every three years in more than 70 countries. 

Rather than testing memorized facts, the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA) assesses problem solving and critical thinking, both of which the BASIS Charter School Curriculum is based upon.

BASIS Charter School students consistently outscore others across the globe, including those attending the highest-ranked schools in the world.


MathReadingScience
BASIS Charter Schools*596624622
B-S-J-Z (China)591555590
Singapore569549551
Macao (China)558525544
Hong Kong (China)551524517
Estonia523523530
Japan527504529
Korea526514519
Canada512520518
Chinese Taipei531503516
Finland507520522
Poland516512511
Ireland500518496
Slovenia509495507
United Kingdom502504505
New Zealand494506508
Sweden502506499
Netherlands519485503
Denmark509501493
Germany500498503
Belgium508493499
Australia491503503
Switzerland515484495
Norway501499490
Czech Republic499490497
United States478505502
France495493493
Portugal492492492
Austria499484490
OECD average489487489
Latvia496479487
OECD total478485486
Spain481483
Iceland495474475
Russia488479478
Lithuania481476482
Hungary481476481
Italy487476468
Luxembourg483470477
Belarus472474471
Croatia464479472
Slovak Republic486458464
Israel463470462
Ukraine453466469
Turkey454466468
Malta472448457
Greece451457452
Serbia448439440
Cyprus451424439
Chile417452444
United Arab Emirates435432434
Malaysia440415438
Romania430428426
Bulgaria436420424
Moldova421424428
Uruguay418427426
Brunei Darussalam430408431
Montenegro430421415
Albania437405417
Mexico409420419
Jordan400419429
Costa Rica402426416
Qatar414407419
Thailand419393426
Colombia391412413
Bosnia and Herzegovina406403398
Kazakhstan423387397
Baku (Azerbaijan)420389398
Peru400401404
North Macedonia394393413
Brazil384413404
Argentina379402404
Georgia398380383
Saudi Arabia373399386
Indonesia379371396
Lebanon393353384
Morocco368359377
Panama353377365
Kosovo366353365
Philippines353340357
Dominican Republic325342336

 * Includes BASIS Ahwatukee, BASIS Chandler, BASIS Washington, D.C., BASIS Oro Valley, and BASIS Tucson North.
** Bejing-Shanghai-Jiangsu-Guangdong

Source: OECD “How Your School Compares Internationally: OECD Test for Schools,” 2020. BASIS Charter School results are from the 2019 OECD Test for Schools. Results for all other countries and educational systems are from the 2018 PISA exam. The 2020 OECD Test for Schools was designed to enable international benchmarking against results from the 2018 PISA exam.

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