Since its founding in 2013, BASIS Mesa has been known for being extraordinary. Our campus sits atop the old GM Proving Grounds, which was 40 miles of asphalt set down in 1953 in the middle of the Sonoran Desert as a test track for some of the fastest, most beautiful vehicles on earth. It closed in 2009 and that piece of desert is now home to the sixth fastest growing community in the country, Eastmark, and our K–12 campus. We try to honor our history by being something of an academic proving ground, where our students, be they five or eighteen, are encouraged to test out their most creative ideas, to expand their intellectual limits and push the learning needle to red. We are an unusually diverse BASIS Charter School campus—many of our students come from wildly varied cultural and economic backgrounds. We consider it an enormous strength.
- We are one of three BASIS Charter School campuses that house kindergarten through grade 12 under one roof.
- The Class of 2019 has 7 National Hispanic Scholars (determined by performance on the PSAT).
- 48 percent of our faculty has a Master’s Degree; 4 percent of our faculty has a Doctorate degree, and 4 percent of our faculty have law degrees.
- In 2018, 154 students took 480 AP exams; 85 percent earned a passing score of 3 or higher.
- During the 2017-2018 school year, our students traveled with their teachers to both Washington, D.C., and Costa Rica.
- As a growing school in a rapidly expanding community, BASIS Mesa has partnered with community members to implement and foster a “Community Counts” character program. Each month, the school highlights a character trait—from respect to teamwork—and celebrates with pep assemblies, spirit days, and more. This program creates a partnership between the teachers, staff, parents, students, and community members, allowing BASIS Mesa to be an important community center in east Mesa.