Actually, I live in Phoenix 116.18 miles away, so I have no way of knowing much about the lay of the land in Tucson, but the first Staff Pick at the top of the page is for the St. Francis in the Foothills Annual Rummage Sale at 4625 E River Road (sounds nice, possibly the nicest?) and I've a hunch that 4618 E is on the property somewhere, or in the middle of the street outside.
I just recently retired after three decades in Education, but I had never heard of Basis Schools until today when I became curious about the latest US News & World Report National rankings and found that 3 out of the top 10, and 2 out of the top 5 were AZ high schools. My area is History and Economics, not math, but that seems impossibly improbable to me. Total numbers of students, schools, teachers are laid out so that simple math can tell you a lot. It basically breaks down to about 800 students per school on average, which is only a little more than the attendance at Basis Schools. My school however, for the sake of the discussion, had 3.82 times that many attending. That's not a deal breaker if the teacher/student ratio is within normal ranges. A real problem comes up for the Basis Schools when you go to the # of full-time staff category because all it has is a big, N/A! Meaning I guess, Not Able to determine the most important ratio in all of Education. From what I found out today, their success STEMS from 2 teachers, 1 Learning + 1 Content, per classroom. There is more than likely a justifiable reason for the N/A, but we all know that it won't fly. My real concern though, and here's the rest of the story, which relates to the attendance figures for my school, as well as the probability of the Basis rankings, is what is known as the Golden Mean, Golden Ratio, or the Divine Proportion, 1 to 1.618, for which the retracement is .382. Very little happens outside the 61.8%-38.2% ratio, and people have known and acted on this divine principle for at least the last 500 years. Relevance and usefulness to the discussion? Look at the school's address, 382 5 E 2nd ST, 857 16, another statistical impossibility. Overall, about the same proportion as the number of 9th graders at the beginning and the number of seniors at the end (62% loss). Bottom line, Basis is overly hyped, hinkey, and hooked up, guaranteed.
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