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

Temple Beth-El board to vote on Great Hearts lease at October 1 meeting

As mentioned in this earlier post, Great Hearts Texas is negotiating with Temple Beth-El, located at 211 Belknap Place in Monte Vista, for a 5-year lease to house the charter school’s first campus in San Antonio. The temple board will vote on the… 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

Raphael’s “School of Athens” at Veritas Prep (Great Hearts)

Great Hearts Academies invited me to attend a conference at Veritas Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Arizona this week. (Disclosure: Great Hearts paid my travel expenses. But when it comes to choosing a school for my kids, my opinion is not for… Continue Reading

BASIS San Antonio information meeting at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 24; meet a BASIS Phoenix family

The next BASIS San Antonio information meeting will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Omni Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78230, with Q&A to follow. Before you go, please take this quick survey to say how many people are coming. Sunday’s meeting will feature… Continue Reading