BASIS Tucson (no. 6) joins Alexandria’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (no. 2) at the top of a national 4,800-school heap. BASIS Tucson was also ranked the nation’s top charter school. You can read about the magazine’s methodology-- a combination of test scores, college readiness and success with students from low-income families-- here.
The top-ranked D.C. public school is Banneker High, listed at 700.
BASIS DC will open in Penn Quarter, initially serving grades 5 to 8. The network made its name offering a rigorous, European-style program. Seventh-graders take Algebra 1 and Latin, along with nine hours hours a week of physics, chemistry and biology. D.C. head of school Mary Riner Siddall said the seventh- and eighth-grade curriculum will be modified for the first year, with math and other offerings revised to accommodate students who join the school below grade level. She said all the BASIS schools begin this way.