Welcome to
BASIS Tucson Primary!

Founded in 1998, BASIS Tucson Primary (formerly BASIS Tucson) is the flagship BASIS Curriculum School. The curriculum and methodology first developed here laid the foundation for the whole BASIS network. Last year, our students outperformed the great majority of their peers in the U.S., Asia and Europe based on the results obtained from the International Schools Assessment. Moreover, BASIS Tucson Primary students passed the AzMerit exam at twice the statewide rate, and more than 80% of our students passed the exam in all sections.

Outside the classroom, students took field trips to the Chinese Cultural Center, the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson Village Farm, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and they attended performances of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fiddler on the Roof.

Our 25 National Elementary Honor Society members undertook several local volunteer projects, including a food drive, a diaper drive, and a Pennies for Patients campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

We greatly value the diversity of our community and are proud to publicize the fact that last year, our 680 families collectively spoke 40 languages other than English at home. We are also proud to have raised almost a quarter of a million dollars for our ATF campaign, every cent of which went to our teachers’ bonuses.

The BASIS Tucson Primary community offers students an environment that is diverse and welcoming, and provides them with the best teachers and support so that they can access a rigorous curriculum that meets the highest global academic standards.

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3825 East 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85716
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BASIS Tucson Primary at a glance

Grades

K-4
Apple

Avg. Student Count

800

Year Opened

1998
Squiggle Line

Our Mascot

The Owl!

2016 - 2017 School Year Highlights

  • We held our first annual Heritage Day. Ten families prepared dishes of national origin and shared them with the other attendees. Dancers from the Chinese Cultural Center performed a lion dance.
  • One of our fourth-grade students placed second at the Pima County Spelling Bee and competed against 26 other students at the Arizona State Spelling Bee, where he finished first among fourth-graders.
  • Our K-1 chess team finished third at the State Chess Championship, our K-3 chess team finished first, and our K-5 team tied for first.
  • Two of our fourth-graders’ science projects, “Ash Cloud Effects on Climate Change” and “Indoor Farming: Soilless and Sunless,” were awarded Grand Prizes at the 2017 SARSEF event at the Tucson Convention Center. These projects took third and second place, respectively, among thousands of projects.
  • Two of our fourth-graders’ science projects, “Ash Cloud Effects on Climate Change” and “Indoor Farming: Soilless and Sunless,” were awarded Grand Prizes at the 2017 SARSEF event at the Tucson Convention Center. These projects took third and second place, respectively, among thousands of projects.
  • Our fourth-graders performed School House Rock and Seussical the Musical at the Berger Performing Arts Center to an audience of 500 parents and community members.
  • We held our first annual Talent Show, which drew 400 attendees and showcased the truly incredible talent of our students in all grades.
  • Arts Nights featured impressive work produced by our students in their art classes, and drew 600 admirers over two days.
  • We launched the Choir Club, which boasted 30 participants in its first year.