BASIS Charter Schools: #1 Once Again!

BASIS Charter Schools dominated the just-
published U.S. News & World Report 2024
rankings with 11 campuses in the nation's
Top 100 out of nearly 25,000 schools.
BASIS Peoria leads the way as the #1
ranked public high school in the United

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. and SAN ANTONIO, April 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The BASIS Charter Schools network has returned to the academic apex, as one of its campuses is once again the #1 public high school in the nation.  Overall, 11 BASIS high schools are in the Top 100 public high schools in the country and also dominate the national charter school rankings.

The nation's new best high school -- out of nearly 25,000 assessed by U.S. News & World Report for its 2024 rankings -- is BASIS Peoria.

"How deserving – it's an incredible campus!" said BASIS Educational Ventures co-chairman Patti Bezanson. "Students, families, teachers, and staff at BASIS Peoria should be extremely proud – what an awesome accomplishment. BASIS Peoria does great things; that's always been the case. This year, those great things were better than any other campus in America!"

BASIS Peoria is not alone in its celebration. In US News' unveiling of its rankings on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, the twelve BASIS Charter Schools eligible for this year's rankings solidified the network's position at the summit of American education. Nearly 25,000 schools were assessed, and nearly 18,000 were ranked. Not only did BASIS sweep the national rankings with 11 schools in the top 100, but it also swept rankings of the nation's charter schools and STEM campuses, plus state rankings, too.

"No other district or network comes close to matching that," said Dr. Craig R. Barrett, Chairman of the Board of BASIS Charter Schools. "It is testament to our K-12 curriculum, our educators, and, most of all, our students."

BASIS Peoria opened in 2011 and serves middle school and high school. "It's a place where kids are serious about their studies, but truly have fun with it," says BASIS Peoria Head of School Melissa Rankin. "It's a supportive community, with wonderful families, passionate teachers who carry themselves with professionalism, and, obviously, utterly incredible students – from 5th graders to high school seniors. They deserve this!"

"While the rankings capture our journey, it's the steadfast dedication of our students and teachers that truly catalyzes our student success," said BASIS Educational Ventures co-chairman Dr. Peter Bezanson. "Let's note that while these are high school rankings, and our high school students have incredible high school teachers – that journey starts well before 9th grade!"

He continued, "These excellent rankings are a product of hard work by our primary school teachers, too. Each BASIS primary school, and every teacher and staff member on those campuses, directly share in these awesome accolades and should take pride in these rankings."


BASIS has eleven schools in the top 100 in America, in the national rankings of all types of schools. US News assessed nearly 25,000 schools and ranked nearly 18,000.

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BASIS has four of the top ten STEM schools in the country, six of the top 25, and nine of the top 100.
  • #2 BASIS Peoria
  • #3 BASIS Chandler
  • #7 BASIS Tucson North
  • #9 BASIS Scottsdale
  • #17 BASIS Mesa
  • #25 BASIS Phoenix
  • #44 BASIS Ahwatukee (
  • #76 BASIS San Antonio – Shavano (
  • #83 BASIS Prescott (


BASIS has six of the top ten and eleven of the top twenty public charter schools in the nation.
  • #1 BASIS Peoria (
  • #4 BASIS Oro Valley (
  • #7 BASIS Scottsdale (
  • #8 BASIS Tucson North (
  • #9 BASIS Ahwatukee (
  • #10 BASIS Phoenix (
  • #12 BASIS Mesa (
  • #13 BASIS San Antonio – Shavano (
  • #16 BASIS Prescott (
  • #18 BASIS Chandler (
  • #19 BASIS Flagstaff (
  • #81 BASIS DC (


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BASIS has all of the top eight schools and ten of the top twelve in the state of Arizona.
  • #1 BASIS Peoria (
  • #2 BASIS Oro Valley (
  • #3 BASIS Scottsdale (
  • #4 BASIS Tucson North (
  • #5 BASIS Ahwatukee (
  • #6 BASIS Phoenix (
  • #7 BASIS Mesa (
  • #8 BASIS Prescott (
  • #11 BASIS Chandler (
  • #12 BASIS Flagstaff (


BASIS has the #7 school in Texas. BASIS San Antonio Shavano ( is the only BASIS Charter School in Texas eligible for the rankings. It is the only school in the state's top ten with non-selective admission. "We are still growing in Texas," said Peter Bezanson. "We have campuses in Austin, North Texas, and San Antonio that will be joining this fabulous Shavano campus in the rankings in the coming years!"


BASIS DC ( is the #3 school in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

About BASIS Charter Schools

The network of BASIS Charter Schools is among the best in the United States, whether assessed by state or national rankings across myriad publications, OECD/PISA scores, AP Exam scores, college admissions, merit aid earned, or any other measure. Our passionate and knowledgeable Subject Expert Teachers serve students in kindergarten through grade 12 using the STEM-inspired, liberal arts-focused BASIS Charter School Curriculum. Our acclaimed program—founded in 1998 and cultivating excellence every school year since—educates students at the highest international levels, preparing them to be participants, not spectators, in the 21st century global workforce. In the 2024-25 academic year, there will be 40 public charter school campuses managed by BASIS Ed, serving more than 24,000 students in Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

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