Selecting the best school for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make. To aid in the process, we have compiled our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question about BASIS Charter Schools or the enrollment process that is not answered below, contact us!
Tuition and Fees
- How much does it cost to attend a BASIS Charter School? Our schools are tuition-free public charter schools, which means that they are fully accredited and are funded by taxpayer dollars, so tuition is completely free of charge. In our Arizona schools, our half-day kindergarten program is tuition-free; however, we do offer an enriched full-day option that requires a fee. Please contact your BASIS Charter School for specific information.
- What fees are involved? Our Arizona schools require a refundable security deposit to cover loss or damage of property. Barring any such damage, the deposit is refunded once the student leaves or graduates from the school. Our schools in Texas, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C. do not require a security deposit. There may be additional school expenses for field trips, extracurricular activities, after-school care, or other academic resources, and financial aid is available to qualifying families.
- Are there financial aid options? Yes, financial aid is available. If fees present a hardship for your family, please contact your BASIS Charter School to discuss the process of obtaining financial aid.
- Do you offer half- and full-day Kindergarten? We offer full-day kindergarten in Arizona, Louisiana, and Texas. In Louisiana and Texas, full-day kindergarten is tuition-free. In Arizona, half-day kindergarten is tuition-free, and an enriched full-day option is offered for a fee. Please contact your BASIS Charter School for specific information.
- What’s the difference between half and full-day Kindergarten? Our half-day kindergarten program includes all core classes (Math, Language & Literacy, Civics/History/Science) plus a daily Movement class. Students who stay for our enriched full-day kindergarten program also study Music, Art, Drama, Engineering, and Mandarin, as well as participate in a project-based block called Kindergarten Enrichment. Full-day students have a lunch break and snack breaks throughout the day, as well as three recess blocks.
- Is there a cost associated with full-day kindergarten? Full-day kindergarten in Arizona only is tuition-based; however, our half-day kindergarten program is offered in Arizona at no cost. There is no tuition for full-day kindergarten in Louisiana or Texas. Please contact your BASIS Charter School for specific information.
- Will you share a little about your kindergarten teachers? Each class has a kindergarten Expert Teacher and a Kindergarten Teaching Fellow, who work collaboratively to co-teach all the core subjects, as well as Kindergarten Enrichment. Students in our full-day program also meet with Subject Expert Teachers (SETs) for elective courses.
Academic and Social Life
- What is the typical class size? A typical class has approximately 30 students, with two teachers in grades K–3 and one teacher per subject in grades 4–12.
- What is the homework load? At every grade level, our students complete homework to reinforce concepts taught during the school day and to establish good time management, organizational skills, and self-advocacy. Homework volume differs by grade level and by student. A typical BASIS Charter School student should expect about 30 minutes of homework per night in kindergarten, 35–40 minutes in grades 1–2, 45–55 minutes in grades 3–4, 60–90 minutes in grades 5–7, and up to three hours in grades 8 and up.
- What extracurricular activities and sports do you offer? BASIS Charter Schools offer extracurricular activities that enrich students’ academic experience. We do our best to align extracurricular activities to serve our students’ interests. As a result, extracurricular activities may not be identical at every BASIS Charter School. However, each BASIS Charter School campus offers an array of clubs and extracurricular activities, such as Music, Art, Dance, Orchestra/Band, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Minecraft, Coding, and Chess – just to name a few! Our middle and high schools typically participate in charter association sports leagues, so students in our sports programs have the opportunity to test their skills against other schools inside and outside of our network. For more information, visit your BASIS Charter School website or join a school tour.
- What is the difference between a Learning Expert Teacher (LET) and a Subject Expert Teacher (SET)? In grades 1–3, we have a co-teaching model. A different SET, who has a background or content expertise in their discipline, teaches each core course. This individual’s passion for their subject allows them to convey the content in an exciting way. The LET is assigned to a specific class of students and provides consistency throughout the day, co-teaching with each SET and drawing meaningful connections between the subjects our students are exploring. SETs typically see students for one class period per day, while LETs are with the same group of students for every period, every day. This co-teaching model allows our teachers to differentiate learning and meet our students’ needs by lowering the student-teacher ratio.
- What credentials, certifications and/or training do the teachers have? Our teachers hold bachelor’s degrees, at minimum, and many have a master’s or doctorate degree in the subject they teach. New BASIS Charter School teachers are required to attend our Summer Institute, where they learn about our curriculum and systems, and they review classroom-management techniques used throughout our network. Then, each year (during the summer and during the school year), they participate in additional training and workshops to further hone their skills.
Student Safety and Support
- What COVID-19 safety precautions do the schools follow? The network of BASIS Charter Schools continues to closely monitor local, state, and federal public health advisories and mandates, as we have throughout the pandemic. Our network still has and abides by an effective Mitigation Plan to keep students, teachers, staff, visitors, and families as safe as possible as we continue in-person instruction during the 2021–22 academic year. You can view the Mitigation Plan by visiting any of our school websites, and then scrolling to the bottom of the home page and clicking on “COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.” The Mitigation Plan includes cleaning, ventilation, and mask-related protocols; we still strongly encourage the use of masks while on our campuses, and also strongly encourage, but do not require, COVID-19 vaccinations. The Mitigation Plan also addresses procedures for suspected illness and quarantine requirements for different types of exposure.
- What is your policy on bullying? BASIS Charter Schools have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying. At the beginning of the school year, all our students (with parent permission) attend an anti-bullying program led by our Student Affairs team. These principles are enforced and revisited in subsequent sessions throughout the school year.
- Do you offer options for Special Education (SPED)? BASIS Charter Schools provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to disabled students in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), in accordance with all applicable laws and implementation regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If you have specific questions about SPED at a BASIS Charter School, please contact the SPED Coordinator at your school and they will be happy to assist you.
- What types of student support are available? Every BASIS Charter School campus has a Student Affairs team. Individuals on this team offer academic, social/emotional, and behavioral support to students in need. With our advanced curriculum, having a strong academic support program in place is essential for student success. Our teachers hold regular Student Hours (before and after school) during which students can get extra help. The Student Affairs team also meets with students who need extra support on a regular basis, working on organization, time management, note taking, and other related skills that enable academic success.
The BASIS Charter Schools application processes vary by state. Visit enrollBASIS.com to review enrollment policies and procedures for your state and to submit an application.