Inside the best public school in America — a charter school that feeds prodigies into the Ivy League

BASIS Scottsdale, a charter school in Arizona, is the best public high school in America. Its founding dates back nearly 20 years, when two economists struggled to find...

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BASIS Scottsdale, a charter school in Arizona, is the best public high school in America.

Its founding dates back nearly 20 years, when two economists struggled to find a school that could provide a rigorous education for their daughter. They started a charter school in Tucson with the belief that the goal of a great education should be to provide students with limitless opportunities. A second high school opened in the affluent suburb of Scottsdale in 2003.

In 2017, four out of the top five public schools — according to…

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