Frequently Asked Questions

Selecting the best school for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make. To aid in the decision-making process, we have compiled our most frequently asked questions.

Tuition and Fees

Our K-12 schools are tuition-free public charter schools, which means that they are fully accredited and are funded by taxpayer dollars, so tuition is completely free of charge.
There may be school expenses for field trips, extra-curricular activities, after-school care, or other academic resources, and financial aid is available to qualifying families.
Yes, financial aid is available. If fees present a hardship for your family. Please contact your BASIS Texas Charter School to discuss the process of obtaining financial aid.

Kindergarten

We offer full-day, tuition-free, kindergarten in Texas. Please contact your BASIS Texas Charter School for specific information.
In our full-day kindergarten program, students take all of their core classes, (Math, Language & Literacy, Civics/History/Science) plus a daily Movement class. Students also study Music, Art, Drama, Engineering, and Mandarin, as well as participate in a project-based block called Kindergarten Enrichment. Our full-day kindergarten program includes a lunch break and snack breaks throughout the day, as well as three recess blocks.
There is no tuition for full-day kindergarten in Texas. Please contact your BASIS Texas Charter School for specific information.
Each class has a Kindergarten Expert Teacher and a Kindergarten Teaching Fellow, who work collaboratively to co-teach all the core subjects, as well as Kindergarten Enrichment. Students in our full-day program also meet with Subject Expert Teachers (SETs) for elective courses.

Academics and Social

A typical class has 30–32 students, with two teachers in grades K–3 and one teacher per subject in grades 4–12.
At every grade level, our students complete homework to reinforce concepts taught during the school day and to establish good time management, organizational skills, and self-advocacy. Homework volume differs by grade level and by student. A typical BASIS Charter School student should expect about 30 minutes of homework per night in kindergarten, 35–40 minutes in grades 1–2, 45–55 minutes in grades 3–4, 60–90 minutes in grades 5–7, and up to three hours in grades 8 and up.
BASIS Charter Schools offer extracurricular activities that enrich students’ academic experience. We do our best to align extracurricular activities to serve our students’ interests. As a result, extracurricular activities may not be identical at every BASIS Charter School. However, each BASIS Charter School campus offers an array of clubs and extracurricular activities, such as Music, Art, Dance, Orchestra/Band, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Minecraft, Coding, and Chess – just to name a few! Our middle and high schools typically participate in charter association sports leagues, so students in our sports programs have the opportunity to test their skills against other schools inside and outside of our network. For more information, visit your BASIS Charter School website or join a school tour.

Teachers

In grades 1–3, we have a co-teaching model. A different Subject Expert Teacher (SET), who has a background or content expertise in their discipline, teaches each core course. This individual also has a passion for their subject, which allows them to convey the content in an exciting way. The Learning Expert Teacher (LET) is assigned to a specific class of students and provides consistency throughout the day, co-teaching with each SET and drawing meaningful connections between the subjects our students are exploring. SETs typically see students for one class period per day, while LETs are with the same group of students for every period, every day. This co-teaching model allows our teachers to differentiate learning and meet our students’ needs by lowering the student-teacher ratio.
Our teachers hold bachelor’s degrees, at minimum, and many have a master’s degree or PhD in the subject they teach. New BASIS Charter School teachers are required to attend the Summer Institute. Here, they learn about our curriculum and systems, and they review classroom management techniques used throughout our network. Then, each year, (during the summer and during the school year) they participate in additional training and workshops to further hone their skills.

Student Safety and Support

For the 2020–21 school year, our schools operated under our “Families Choose” program, which allowed families to choose between in-person or virtual instruction for their students. We developed a Mitigation Plan, in partnership with Arizona State University, to keep students and teachers returning to our campuses safe. You can view the detailed Mitigation Plan by visiting any of our school websites, and then navigating to the bottom of the homepage and clicking on “BASIS Charter Schools Re-Opening Plan.” The Mitigation Plan includes cleaning, ventilation, and mask-related protocols. It also addresses procedures for suspected illness and quarantine requirements for different types of exposure.
BASIS Charter Schools have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying. At the beginning of the school year, all of our students (with parent permission) attend an anti-bullying program led by our Student Affairs team. These principles are enforced and revisited in subsequent sessions throughout the school year.
BASIS Charter Schools provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to disabled students in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), in accordance with all applicable laws and implementation regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If you have specific questions about Special Education at a BASIS Charter School, please contact the Special Education Coordinator at your school and they will be happy to assist you.
Every BASIS Charter School campus has a Student Affairs team. Individuals on this team offer academic, social/emotional, and behavioral support to students in need. With our advanced curriculum, having a strong academic support program in place is essential for student success. Our teachers hold regular Student Hours, (before and after school) during which students can get extra help. The Student Affairs team will also meet with students who need extra support on a regular basis, working on organization, time management, note taking, and other related skills that enable academic success.

Enrollment Process

Visit enrollbasistx.com/apply/ to review enrollment policies and to submit an application.
All applications must be submitted through the online enrollment portal at enrollbasistx.com/apply/. Applicants who are offered enrollment at a BASIS Texas Charter School will be provided with instructions for accepting the offer, as well as printing and signing the registration packet.
If the number of applicants during Open Enrollment exceeds the number of openings, (at any grade level) enrollment is determined by a lottery and waitlist. The Open Enrollment period for BASIS Texas Charter Schools is NOT first come, first served, and only applications submitted during the Open Enrollment period are included in the lottery. Lottery drawings are held after the Open Enrollment period has ended, and you will receive the results directly from the school(s) you applied to. The exact Open Enrollment period and lottery dates are determined on a year-to-year basis.
Each time an opening becomes available in a particular grade, the school will contact the parent/guardian of the next student on the waitlist for that grade and offer their child the open spot. If the parent/guardian declines the spot, it will be offered to the next student in line on the waitlist for that grade, and so on.
If you have applied to multiple BASIS Texas Charter Schools, you can accept a seat at one campus and remain on waitlists at the other campuses. Accepting a seat at one campus does not affect your waitlist position at our other campuses. However, you can ultimately only accept one seat at a time. If you have accepted a seat at one campus, and then get an offer from another campus, accepting that second offer would remove you from the accepted list at the first campus.
You may notice fluctuations in your student’s waitlist number. This is a fairly common occurrence, especially during peak times of enrollment, and should not be a cause for concern. There is a lot of movement on the waitlist in the spring, especially for entry-level grades, and as other families make choices. So even if your student’s waitlist number is high following the lottery, things can change rapidly.
Yes, we continue accepting applications after Open Enrollment ends. However, only applications submitted during the Open Enrollment period are included in the lottery. Applications submitted after the Open Enrollment period has ended will be processed on a first come, first-served basis, following applications received during the Open Enrollment period. If a waitlist exists for the particular campus/grade, the applicant will be placed on the waitlist according to the time and date of their submission, after applications included in the lottery.
If a student receives an enrollment offer, then the sibling(s) of that student will be granted sibling priority once the registration packet for the admitted student is submitted to the school. This priority does not guarantee a seat, but it does improve the sibling’s placement on the waitlist and increases the chance of receiving an enrollment offer. We understand that managing multiple schedules and schools in a household can be challenging, therefore this part of our enrollment policy is intended to help families ensure that their students can attend the same school, if they choose.
There are many variables involved, so we cannot accurately predict chances of enrollment. Much depends on the decisions of other parents and the availability of seats at a particular campus, in a particular grade. Offers are made throughout the spring, summer, and even into the next school year. Our teams work diligently to ensure that anytime a seat becomes available, an offer is made to the next student in line.
If you haven't already, you should print out and complete your post-registration packet and submit it to the school. After accepting your seat, you should have received an email from the school with instructions regarding the documents required to complete your registration packet, along with instructions on submitting your completed packet. If you didn't receive this email, you can call the school or email enrollment@basisedtx.com to receive these instructions.
You can find out more information regarding our geographic boundaries for enrollment by visiting https://enrollbasistx.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/basis-texas-enrollment-policies.pdf. If you are planning to move to the Austin area in time for the 2022-23 school year, you can still apply now at EnrollBASISTX.com. On your application you can apply using a temporary Austin address, or that of a family member that currently resides in Austin. You will have to provide proof of Austin residency before your child can attend one of our schools.
We are not currently accepting applications for the 23-24 school year. We will begin accepting applications for the 23-24 school year in the fall of 2022. You will want to join the school's interest list now so that you are informed of the Open Enrollment dates for the 23-24 school year. For the best chance of receiving an offer of enrollment for your preferred BASIS campus, you should apply during the open enrollment period.
The deadline for submitting registration packets was Friday, January 28th at 4:00pm CST. You should have received an email with instructions for completing and submitting your packet. If you have any additional questions regarding this process, please contact the school or email enrollment@basisedtx.com.
The deadline for submitting registration packets was Friday, January 28th at 4:00pm CST. You should have received an email with instructions for completing and submitting your packet. If you have any additional questions regarding this process, please contact the school or email enrollment@basisedtx.com.
We are currently permitted to enroll students who reside within the geographic boundaries of lots of ISDs in and around the Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and San Antonio metro areas. To see the list of specific ISDs that we are approved to serve, please review our Enrollment Policies here. If you have further questions, please reach out to our Enrollment department at enrollment@basisedtx.com.

Recruiting

If the recruitment is ongoing, when do you expect to have more information on the status, or when is the target deadline to have the complete teacher recruitment for all grades? We began our search for talent as early as October 2021. We are looking for teachers who are content experts, have a passion for teaching the specific content, and can adapt to our BASIS model. We want to have all teachers hired by May 2022 for a successful teacher training program to begin in July 2022.
We partner with the best Universities and colleges to recruit top talent for teaching roles. We offer competitive pay, and excellent benefit packages for our teachers.
In accordance of Texas Education Agency, not all of our teachers must be certified. However, all of our Special Education and services are certified teachers. All teachers and teaching fellows have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and often up to a PhD.
We have no intentions to return to full time virtual instruction. We work diligently that all teacher roles are filled in a prompt timeline.
In accordance of Texas Education Agency, not all of our teachers must be certified. However, all of our Special Education and services are certified teachers. All teachers and teaching fellows have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and often up to a PhD.
Schools can share their teacher profiles, as requested.
While this varies from grade to grade, our LET/SET model allow for behavioral issues to be handled by the LET, while the SET leads on instructional execution.

Construction

We are on schedule for the construction of our new BASIS Pflugerville campus. The campus will be completed in time to welcome students for the first day of school in August 2022. Follow us on social media for construction updates this spring and summer.
We are on schedule for the construction of our new BASIS San Antonio – Jack Lewis Jr. campus. The campus will be completed in time to welcome students for the first day of school in August 2022. Follow us on social media for construction updates this spring and summer.
Thank you for your interest in our future campuses. We haven't finalized the specific location for our future Cedar Park/Leander campus yet. We look forward to announcing the location once it has been finalized.
Thank you for your interest in our future campuses. We haven't finalized the specific location for our future Irving/Coppell campus yet. We look forward to announcing the location once it has been finalized.