Scottsdale charter school ranked No. 2 in nation

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona is the only state to have two public high schools in the top 10 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

BASIS Scottsdale is ranked No. 2, behind School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas.

The charter school at 136th Street and Shea Boulevard believes the secret to its high test scores and 100 percent acceptance rate into college can be attributed to retaining hard-working, smart students by providing teachers who are experts in their field.

All teachers must have at least one degree in the subject they teach. There is no tenure and teachers are given incentives including performance bonuses on top of their salaries.

A majority of the students do apply to Arizona State University, and 90 percent of them are given merit scholarships and 75 percent are offered full-rides.

Amazingly, there are no entrance requirements or fees. It is a completely lottery-based admissions process.

BASIS Tucson North was ranked No. 5.