F.T. reviews "Spare Parts" movie: Arizona teenagers take on underwater robotics challenge

  Back in April 2005, my future brother-in-law passed me a copy of WIRED magazine with a cover story, La Vida Robot, about an unlikely set of underwater robotics engineers—Latino teenagers from a low-income high school in Phoenix—competing against elite universities in a NASA-sponsored contest.… Continue Reading

BASIS Independent Brooklyn and BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for 2014-15

BASIS San Antonio opened this fall, joining BASIS charter schools in Arizona and Washington, D.C.; read more in this earlier post about the dedication ceremony. Now BASIS is expanding in a different direction, opening independent schools in New York and California: BASIS Independent Brooklyn and BASIS Independent… Continue Reading

Gallery: BASIS San Antonio Boosters movie night at Woodlawn Lake Park

On Friday evening, the BASIS San Antonio Boosters hosted a movie night at Woodlawn Lake Park, featuring Hugo on an inflatable Slab Cinema screen. Before the movie, students and parents had an opportunity to get to know each other and to meet the BASIS… Continue Reading

BASIS San Antonio Boosters executive board

UPDATED. The BASIS San Antonio Boosters now have an executive board: President: Richard Gross VP: Lourdes Campos 2nd VP: Chris Conlan (formerly Lloyd Wiltz) Treasurer: Juan Carlos Rodriguez (formerly Tom Immenschuh) Secretary: Rachel Allred Want to stay up to date on the BASIS San… Continue Reading

Carpe Diem Schools national expansion: coming soon to San Antonio, Texas?

I am following several Generation 18 charter applications at the Texas Education Agency this year, including Rocketship (earlier post), Montessori For All (earlier post), and Carpe Diem Schools (earlier post). Researching Carpe Diem, I came across an enthusiastic blog post from 2010, when education… Continue Reading

BASIS San Antonio Boosters mailing list

A BASIS Boosters group is now forming in San Antonio.  As mentioned in this earlier post, every BASIS campus has a parent group—the BASIS Boosters—dedicated to building community and providing extra support for the students and teachers. Sign up for… Continue Reading

Great Hearts grad from Arizona earns top honors at Dartmouth. Aren’t you glad Great Hearts is coming to Texas?

They do things a little differently at Great Hearts Academies—for example, prom with a live band and ballroom dancing, as described in this earlier post—but it seems to work: Joel Malkin, a graduate of Veritas Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, just graduated… Continue Reading