The academic rigor of BASIS Charter Schools is often what draws families in, but it can also be a cause for concern for parents, especially at the beginning of the school year.Don’t fret. It will get easier. Our program was built around providing students with optimal support.
Setting expectations at school
Exceptional academic performance begins by instilling high standards, developing habits for success, and encouraging an environment most conducive to learning. From the start, teachers want to set precedent for what students can expect in the months ahead, as well as to get a clear picture of the knowledge and skills that their students already have. Sometimes that means the content covered in class may be just out of their reach, or it may be way out of their reach. But starting out heavy and lightening the workload feels like a reward, whereas starting out too light and increasing the workload may feel like a punishment. Furthermore, students are not always aware of what they are capable of until they try.
Conduct standards are also set very high, and the expectations for students to adhere to the standards are also highest at the start of the school year. Appropriate behavior in the classrooms, hallways, and throughout the campus is rewarded, and inappropriate behavior is redirected. But often, as children become comfortable with these expectations, teachers may in turn be more flexible.
All BASIS Charter School teachers offer Student Hours for students who would benefit from additional discussion, instruction, or practice. Also, students who participate in our after-school program, Late Bird, can get assistance with homework before leaving school.
Supporting your student at home
Supporting your child outside of school is vital to their success in school. Sometimes other obligations can make it difficult to study with your child at home. Not all parents are available each day after school or in the evenings. Reviewing their schoolwork when you can and providing feedback, encouragement, and praise shows your support and increases their confidence and commitment.
Make sure your child has a time and place to study, free of distractions. Showing that you care and are interested in their education and performance is the best form of support. Staying tuned in and listening to feedback from your child, will also keep them from becoming overwhelmed.
Through this system of support, your child will start reaching for higher standards. As students adapt to our academic and conduct expectations, our teachers will continuously confirm that the bar is set to an attainable level. When parents and teachers communicate and coordinate their support, students are prepared for hard work and achievement.
The tuition-free K–12 BASIS Charter Schools are among the best in the United States, whether assessed by national rankings, international exam scores, AP Exam scores, college admissions, merit-aid earned, or any other measure.