Who We Are and What We Do

Right now the chances that our low-income children will end up graduating from high school are the same as whether they will end up in jail. There are many potential solutions being discussed,  and charters schools and reform movements are promising, but take time to implement.  We need a solution for children in school today.  The BASIC Fund is that solution. Instead of dropping out of school, 98% are graduating high school and 92% go on to higher education.  Students are taught discipline, ethics, and study habits that follow them throughout their lives.  Parents are empowered to make decisions for their family - empowered to make a difference. Watch the video to learn more about the why this works, and contact us to find out how you can help. 

Private schools have thousands of empty seats, and with your help we can fill those seats today. No waiting for policy changes, no winning a lottery.

The Crisis

High school graduation rates of less than 70% for low-income Bay Area students in public schools.

High school dropouts are 3 times more likely than college graduates to live below the poverty line, and 8 times more likely to serve time in jail.

Only 46% of students in California scored ‘Proficient’ to ‘Advanced’ on the 3rd grade CST Reading Test in 2011.

Only 25% of students in California performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level in 2011.

California ranked 46th in the country in 4th grade mathematics, and 47th in reading in 2011. These numbers only get worse when we look at 8th grade scores.

Our Solution

Over 98% of our 8th grade students graduate from High School.

 65%  of our 8th grade graduates are awarded substantial and often full scholarships to private Bay Area high schools

100% of our parents are required to contribute to their children’s education – a key factor in our students’ success

There are more than 9,000 empty seats at private and parochial schools in the Bay Area. We can fill those seats today! 

The ability to choose the best education for their children empowers parents, and fosters community engagement.

Continuous support through 8th grade provides stability for families and schools.

Increased enrollment supports schools and strengthens communities.

100% of all donations go to scholarships.  All administrative costs are covered by the Board of Directors.

Because of your support, I have had the privilege to take a hold of my education. I thank you for what you have done because you have given us something no one can ever take away: hope and the courage to strive to reach whatever we aspire to be.
— Tammia, a BASIC Fund alumna, and graduate from Ithaca College

The Research

There is a wealth of information available on the current status of education and the impact quality education choices can have on a child's life. Listed below are some links and downloads to the ones we find most compelling.

Privatization in American Education: Rhetoric vs. Facts by Martin R. West (Fall 2018)

How Do Families Choose Between Public and Private Schools? by Jane Arnold Lincove, Joshua M. Cowen, and Jason Imbrogno (Jan 2016)

The Case for Educational Choice  by Jon East (April 2013)

A Public Education Primer - Basic (and Sometimes Surprising) Facts About the U.S. Education System by Nancy Kober and Alexandra Usher (Jan 2012)

Does Competition Improve Public Schools? New Evidence from the Florida Tax-Credit Scholarship Program by Cassandra M. D. Hart and David Figlio (Winter 2011)