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BASIS schools earn top national rankings from U.S. News & World Report

Gilbert Classical Academy in top 30 of high schools

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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:43 pm | Updated: 8:40 am, Fri Aug 2, 2013.

Two BASIS schools in Arizona were ranked among the top 10 high schools in the country this week by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2013 rankings put BASIS Tucson at No. 2 in the country and BASIS Scottsdale at No. 5.

Gilbert Classical Academy, part of the Gilbert Unified School District, earned the No. 28 spot nationally, and was ranked third behind the two BASIS campuses in the Arizona rankings.

Thousands of schools were examined to compile the list, according to the publication.

Both BASIS schools are public charter schools that do not require application or testing for enrollment. Gilbert Classical Academy, like the BASIS Schools, is open to all students and does not require an application or testing for admission.

BASIS originally started in Tucson and has grown throughout Arizona. The performance of BASIS Scottsdale's first graduating class last year put it on the national publication's list for the first time. BASIS Tucson climbed from No. 6 to No. 2 this year.

BASIS Chandler opened two years ago, becoming the first East Valley campus for the nationally acclaimed charter program. BASIS Ahwatukee and BASIS Mesa will open in the fall.

BASIS opened a school in Washington D.C. this year, the first outside of Arizona, and a Texas campus will open in the fall.

No other East Valley school made the top 100 national rankings. Sonoran Science Academy Tucson, which has a sister campus in Ahwatukee, was ranked No. 53 in the U.S.

For the entire list, see usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

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