Genevieve Q. – BASIS Peoria

BASIS Peoria Senior Genevieve Q.

How High School Culture Affects the Value of Education in Arizona

Project/blog link: How High School Culture Affects the Value of Education in Arizona
BASIS Advisor: Jamie Dunn
Internship location: Sunset Heights Elementary School
Onsite Mentor: Danielle Bell, Teacher

Project Abstract

Arizona’s education has always been lacking; whether it be due to the ever decreasing funding from the state or the low morale of public school teachers, our state has been near the bottom of the charts for educational standards for far too long. My project investigates if the high school culture in Arizona’s public, charter, and private schools affects the quality of education that students receive just as much as the bureaucracy behind the schooling system. It also evaluates any discrepancies between the types of schools in question--if the academic-centric culture in BASIS, for example, leads to a more effective education than a public school with a broader focus on sports, art, and socializing. My research is conducted in the form of surveys to collect hard data and interviews to provide personal insight from high school students themselves, compiled in a documentary-style presentation. In general, I have found that high school culture shapes not only students’ academic experience, but also their personalities and opinions outside of school. High school is, whether we like it or not, something everyone must go through. Gaining personalized insight into the culture surrounding students’ everyday lives demonstrates more about education than simply test scores and statistics--it reveals what students gain as human beings.

How High School Culture Affects the Value of Education in Arizona