BASIS Mesa has been a part of the Eastmark community since its founding in 2012 to serve grades 5–10 in the East Valley. Since then, BASIS Mesa has expanded its offerings, and also graduated its first senior class of eight students last year. BASIS Mesa now serves over 650 students across grades 3–12, and continues to grow.
As a growing school in an expanding community, BASIS Mesa has partnered with community members to create and implement a community character program for 2016. Every month during the school year highlights a student body-generated character trait and is celebrated with pep assemblies, spirit days, random acts of kindness, and beyond. The outcome of this program is to create a partnership between the teachers, staff, parents, students, and community members and for BASIS Mesa to be not just a school, but an important community center in east Mesa.
Highlights from the 2015–2016 school year:
- 9th grade team placed 15th out of 631 teams in the national
- Of 42 students who took the AP U.S. Government Exam, more than
half earned the highest score of 5/5.
- BASIS Mesa team placed 4th at the AZ State Science
- One student was named a National Hispanic Scholar
- The Mandarin Department welcomed 26 10th grade students from
one of China’s top high schools to spend three weeks studying in
BASIS Mesa classrooms.
- Music teacher Sandra Strand was a Semifinalist in the Southwest
Vocal Competition hosted by Phoenix Opera. She also participated
in an opera performance program in the summer of 2015 in the
South of France and hosted by professors of the Royal College of
Music in London.