BASIS Education Origins

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BASIS Curriculum Schools began as a visionary venture in 1998 when Dr. Michael and Olga Block, world-class academics in the field of economics, found that students in their classrooms who were educated outside of the United States were not only more prepared for the challenges faced in college than their American counterparts, but were simply "better" at being students. Digging further, they found that low expectations among American students led to a lack of curricular substance in U.S. classrooms. Creating a brand new school in Tucson, Arizona, they discovered that American students thrived when challenged, rising to and surpassing the best students in the world. Thus the BASIS.ed revolution was born!

They developed a formula for success, refined regularly since then, that proves every child can become a great student when presented a rigorous course of study taught by Subject Expert Teachers and supported by a culture of excellence. What began as a single campus in Tucson has grown to become a unique, high-achieving, and unprecedented network of schools—five independent schools (located in Brooklyn, Manhattan, McLean, and two locations in Silicon Valley) and an international school in Shenzhen, China, and 21 charter schools across the United States.

Today, BASIS Curriculum students have propelled their schools to become the top ranked in the nation and acclaimed world-wide, as noted in Amanda Ripley's book "The Smartest Kids in the World (and How They Got That Way)."

How BASIS Curriculum Schools graduate the world's best-prepared students

The BASIS Curriculum and program of study are based on two decades of refinement of a rigorous, challenging, supportive experience, ranked among the very best in the world.


BASIS Independent Brooklyn was one of the founding schools in the family of independent schools quickly establishing some of the very best college preparatory programs in the nation.

Opened fall 2014 with the second largest enrollment in New York City history, BASIS Independent Brooklyn serves prekindergarten–grade 12.

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in San Jose, California has become, in one short year, one of the most sought-after programs in its region; opening with the second largest enrollment in U.S. private school history.

Serving students in prekindergarten–grade 12, BASIS Independent McLean opened fall 2016 in one of the fastest growing private school markets in the U.S., McLean, VA. BASIS Independent Fremont opened fall 2016 and serves students in transitional kindergarten–grade 8.

BASIS Independent Manhattan opened in fal 2017, bringing our acclaimed program to the Upper West Side.  

Together, our five independent schools are redefining private education across America.

Read more in our BASIS Independent Brooklyn At-A-Glance.

The BASIS Curriculum Schools results speak for themselves, both nationally and across the world. View Our Rankings