Arizona School Named Among Top Three 2017 Best High Schools in U.S.
How do you spell success? B-A-S-I-S. At least that’s the case when it comes to education. Arizona branches of the charter school rated at the top on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings for Best STEM High Schools and Best High Schools.
For STEM high schools, BASIS Scottsdale is No. 3 and BASIS Tucson North is No. 5. For best high schools overall, the top three schools, respectively, are BASIS Scottsdale, BASIS Tucson North and BASIS Oro Valley. They are followed by BASIS Peoria, fifth; BASIS Chandler, seventh; and University High School in Tucson, 15th.
The rankings include data on more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Factors include enrollment, graduation rates, diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs, and results of state assessments and Advanced Placement exams.
Snowflake Students Win Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest
Snowflake Junior High School was one of three national winners in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition that challenges 6th through 12th graders to use science, technology, engineering, arts and math to address real-world problems in their communities.
Snowflake students created a detection system to alert oncoming traffic that an animal is nearby. With 150 people dying annually in car accidents due to wildlife collisions, students hope the system of devices will help lower the number of human fatalities and preserve the community’s wildlife.
The students won $150,000 in technology for Snowflake Junior High School plus an additional $20,000 in technology as the Community Choice Winner and a $15,000 donation for the Phoenix Herpetological Society.