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BASIS Schools to open north Phoenix campus

BASIS Schools, Inc. will open a new Phoenix location for the 2012-13 school year. The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools approved the new campus at its meeting yesterday.

BASIS schools have gained national recognition for accelerated curriculum and extraordinary student achievement results. Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post all named BASIS Tucson among the top 10 high schools in the nation and BusinessWeek named BASIS Scottsdale the #1 Arizona [High] School for Overall Academic Performance. The schools were featured in the 2009 documentary “Two Million Minutes: The 21st Century Solution.”

BASIS currently operates schools in Chandler, Flagstaff, Oro Valley, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tucson.

BASIS Phoenix will serve students in grades 5 through 10 in its first year of operation, the 2012-13 school year. The school will add one grade per year until it becomes a 5 -12 campus in the 2014-2015 school year. While a specific site for the new campus has not yet been determined, BASIS representatives are working to secure a location in the north Phoenix area.

“We have had incredible success opening schools in Arizona and we have every reason to believe BASIS Phoenix will follow in the footsteps of its sister schools,” says Nick Fleege, new school development director for BASIS Schools. “Last year we opened three new Arizona campuses – BASIS Chandler, BASIS Flagstaff and BASIS Peoria. We completed construction on time and exceeded enrollment expectations at all three locations.”

“We are so pleased to be able to extend our academic program to students in Phoenix,“ says Sheri Pierce, new schools curriculum director for BASIS Schools. “With the mature BASIS schools earning top spots in national rankings, our goal now is to offer that same great education to more students in Arizona and beyond.”

Registration for the 2012-13 school year will begin in January 2012. Details will be announced to members of the BASIS Phoenix Interest List via email as that time approaches. Add your name to the list by visiting basisschools.org and clicking “Sign Up.”

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New curriculum at Liberty High gets down to business

Peoria Unified School District’s Liberty High School has partnered with the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University to provide students with a college preparatory program with a specialized business curriculum.

The College Prep Business Academy at Liberty High School will offer freshmen through seniors a comprehensive business program that mentors students and prepares them for college. Liberty students also will have the opportunity to take community-college courses at a discounted rate to get ahead in their university studies. The dual-enrollment courses will focus on classes most beneficial for eventual credit transfer to ASU.

“We surveyed our graduating seniors and found that many plan to major in business and eventually obtain a career within the business field,” says Liberty High School Principal Ali Bridgewater. “By partnering with the W. P. Carey School of Business, we believe we can provide specialized assistance to our students to prepare them for success after graduation.”

W. P. Carey School faculty members are consulting with Liberty teachers to assist in developing a comprehensive business curriculum. Students will focus on core business fields such as accounting, management and marketing. Students will also have access to seminars, guest speakers and student mentors from the business school, which is ranked among the Top 30 business schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

“The students will be put on a path that gives them a great head start for business school in college,” says Tim Desch, assistant dean for undergraduate admissions. “In addition to the business-oriented courses offered at Liberty, students will also participate in a Capstone College Readiness Program offered by the W. P. Carey School at ASU’s West campus. This is a location near Liberty High that also may be ideal for these students to eventually attend college. By then, they will have met professors, advisers and W. P. Carey School students, and they will have a real advantage in adapting to college life.”

To learn more information about enrolling a student in the College Prep Business Academy at Liberty High School, call 623-773-6525or visit peoriaud.k12.az.us.