St. Mary-Basha Catholic School

St. Mary-Basha Catholic School is dedicated to preparing the student for a life that will positively impact the community through principles rooted in the Gospel and in the teachings of the Catholic Church.
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School is dedicated to the education of the whole child as a Catholic and a citizen.
With the mutual cooperation of the home, school, Church and community, we provide an atmosphere in which each student is given the opportunity to develop his/her unique gifts in order to build a life based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School student learning expectations reflect what what every student who leaves our school should know, understand and be able to accomplish before graduation.
St. Mary-Basha students are active Catholics, responsible citizens, active learners, and efficient communicators.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked AZ School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 426 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,200
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

St. Mary-Basha Catholic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Arizona for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild learning differences
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1998

Student Body

Total Students
426 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
23 students
Classroom Dress Code
Navy twill slacks/shorts/skorts; plaid jumpers/skirts; white or navy 2-button polo - no pocket

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Families are encouraged to apply for financial assistance through Catholic Education Arizona and the Pastor Scholarship.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Lorrie Fischer


Total Sports Offered
6 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars

Club or Organization:
Boy Scouts, Chess Club, Little Flowers Girls Club, National Junior Honor Society, Robotics Club, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:

School Notes

School Highlights:
  • The oldest private school in Chandler, St. Mary-Basha has a long-standing tradition focused on the formation of the whole child.
  • We are the only Catholic Elementary School in Chandler serving East Valley students from Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Maricopa and surrounding areas
  • Accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association with highest commendation.
  • Selected as Best of Chandler for Catholic Schools 2022
  • We have a flourishing, licensed Preschool and PreKindergarten for 3-5 year old children offering an outstanding start to their education in a fun, nurturing and engaging environment.
  • 1:1 student to ipad, and Chromebooks in all grades
  • New in 2022, we have a full-time STREAM instructor leading our program toengage students in an exciting curriculum that breaks down the walls between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The curriculum is presented through a project-based and hands-on approach that encourages students to explore, create and innovate.
  • Renovated STREAM Lab and MakerSpace enables all students an opportunity to tinker and develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills in a fun and engaging environment. (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math)
  • All K-8 students participate in enrichment courses of Physical Education (PE), Music, Art, Spanish, and STREAM taught by dedicated subject matter expert teachers.
  • Class field trip days included in tuition fees and overnight excursions at a reduced rate for students.
  • Before and After School extended care.
  • Education expands beyond the classroom at SMB! We offer athletic and extracurricular programs for every intertest your student may have.Junior high students can select from a variety of electives in relevant subjects and critical life skills to prepare them for their future careers
  • Advancement Math placement in Junior High provides an edge to high school math placement
  • We utilize standardized tests including the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and STAR Reading and STAR Math to assess and measure student progress throughout the year and allow for individualized student support plans
  • Consistently above average Iowa Test results with students performing 1-2 grades higher than their current grade
  • For students needing additional support and intervention, we have certified professionals on staff including a Reading Specialist, Speech and Language Pathologist and tutoring services available.
  • To ensure a healthy school culture with a focus on social and emotional learning, we have a full-time School Guidance Counselor
  • Monthly community service projects and collection drives to support many charitable organizations including St. Vincent de Paul, Chandler Police Department, Maggie`s Place andPaz De Cristo.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does St. Mary-Basha Catholic School cost?
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School's tuition is approximately $6,200 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of St. Mary-Basha Catholic School?
The acceptance rate of St. Mary-Basha Catholic School is 90%, which is higher than the national average of 88%.
What sports does St. Mary-Basha Catholic School offer?
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School offers 6 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball.
What is St. Mary-Basha Catholic School's ranking?
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Arizona for: Largest student body and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for St. Mary-Basha Catholic School?
The application deadline for St. Mary-Basha Catholic School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We couldn't be more thrilled with our children's school. That faculty and staff truly care for each child and are committed to keeping them at school and learning. The community is wonderful and supportive. The school has gone through a few principals in the past few years, but the new administrator is wonderful. She genuinely cares about all the students and teachers and you can see it through the way she interacts with them. She also has a vision for the school and works well with the pastor to see it come to light. We highly recommend SMB for any family who is looking for a small-town feel in a big city. You won't be disappointed.
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Within 1 yr of making the switch to private school I have seen my daughter change, not only as a child who now loves school but as a member of the community. She has learned so much from her Teacher, Mrs. Richard, that I don't think I could thank her enough.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked AZ School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 426 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,200
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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