Our Educational Vision

At the core of Michael and Olga Block’s educational vision is a belief that the goal of a great education is to provide students with choices, with unbounded opportunities, to send them to college and into their professional lives empowered by the broad and deep content knowledge and critical thinking skills that will enable them to craft their own futures.

From the beginning their vision has been more ambitious than opening the best school in Tucson, or Scottsdale or even Arizona. It is to create a dynamic network of the finest schools in the world that can represent America at its best: a pre-K – 12 fusion of creativity, innovation and rigorous experimentation and problem-solving that is the signature of such legendary intellectual communities as Bell Labs and the NASA Apollo program.

Today this network of schools uniquely encompasses open-enrollment public charter schools across the nation, private schools in the major US metropolitan areas, and international schools.

Whilst each type of school offers programs and facilities appropriate to the communities served, at the core of this dynamic network is a common mission: BASIS.ed is redefining education and leading the U. S. and the world in producing breathtaking learning results.

The promise of this vision is that expert, passionate teachers inspire their students to fall in love with learning, with the satisfaction to be gained from hard work, with the joy of intellectual and creative effort and with the acceptance of struggle and failure as an inevitable part of a productive and stimulating life.

Learning is BASIS.ed’s business. We manage some of the best schools in the world and we are working hard to ensure that more and more students will have access to the opportunity and choices we open for them in this uncertain, volatile world.

Dr. Q Mark Reford


  1. Hello,

    Is this Dr. Reford? My name is Joseph Schmidt. I am an educator currently working in Hong Kong. I am reaching out to you because I am a serious fan of the Basis schools. I went to Basis Scottsdale as a child in 6th and 7th grade, and now decades later, I am hoping to work at a Basis school myself. I currently live in Hong Kong and am working at the Korean International school, teaching psychology. I was wondering if we can talk sometime about opportunities at Basis. I am willing to teach a variety of subjects if necessary. I am just looking to work at a school that will provide an outstanding educational for students like the one I received myself. I will be submitting a few applications as soon as I see any vacancies, but I was hoping to reach out to you in case you can pay a little extra attention to my resume if you see it. Thanks, Best, Joseph Schmidt

    • Woops! I thought this was to send an email inquiry and there is no way to remove the post

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