Revolutionary, comprehensive, advanced – a curriculum designed to prepare students for a brilliant future.

We have studied the principles and practices of the best-performing schools in the world. We continue to consider what works well, and analyze how to make the BASIS Curriculum better, year after year. As a result, from kindergarten through grade 12, the BASIS Curriculum engages, challenges, and inspires, as it has since 1998.

From an academic standpoint, the BASIS Curriculum is designed to provide a foundation of disciplinary knowledge that fuels critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity.

From a behavioral standpoint, teachers in every grade focus on and motivate the development of two fundamental competencies: the organization of complex tasks and the productive management of limited time.

From a cultural standpoint, the BASIS Curriculum invites participation, requires an appreciation of diverse perspectives, pushes boundaries, and demands professionalism—even from students.

The BASIS Curriculum is unique in several respects:

  • The BASIS Curriculum is not centrally written. We just manage it. This means that we choose the subjects to be taught and set the standards for the scope and sequence of instruction in that subject, but we don’t hand teachers fully written lesson plans.
  • Our courses are taught by teachers who are masters of their content area, and they have the autonomy to present subject matter in their own creative and engaging ways, with accountability for outcomes firmly in mind.
  • A network of experienced, senior mentor teachers—”Subject Advisors”—are distributed throughout our schools to assist, advise, and support classroom teachers.
  • Our students work to master content an average of one grade level ahead of their peers in all subjects.
  • BASIS Curriculum students take a suite of courses that most U.S. high schools do not offer, including economics, engineering, classics, and Mandarin.
  • Our innovative integration of courses and content supports an accelerated rigor and pace. Primary students, for example, take blocks of humanities, math, science, and fine arts, and study the interdisciplinary connections between their courses. This approach teaches students to organize their thinking around conceptual synthesis.
  • Key concepts and skills are spiraled from kindergarten through AP courses and beyond. As students progress, the connections they make within and across subjects boost critical thinking skills and deeper understanding. For instance, students in grades 6–8 take biology, physics, and chemistry. This structure of advancing and reinforcing content prepares students to excel in the AP courses for these subjects in high school.