Basis Charter School is rebuilding its facility at 3825 E. Second Street as it prepares to welcome kindergarten through fourth-grade students in August.

The nationally recognized charter school will reopen a larger, two-story building to accommodate students from the lower elementary grades, who will attend school with fifth and sixth-graders.

The school decided to expand its Second Street campus after it bought an adjacent property that belonged to Desert Springs Academy, which moved to another location, said Jason Shorbe, head of school for Basis Tucson.

The new building will hold about 840 students, Shorbe said.

Basis saw more demand than school officials anticipated after it began open enrollment in February, he said. "We asked what can we do to bring in more kids," he said.

School officials announced earlier this year it would expand to include the lower elementary grades in order to prepare younger students for the school's rigorous curriculum.

All of its other schools serve fifth grade and above.

Last August, the school opened a new campus, Basis Tucson North, at 5740 E. River Road, which serves middle and high school students.

There is also a campus, Basis Oro Valley, at 11155 N. Oracle Road.

Basis has five other schools in Arizona and one in Washington, D.C. The school will open two new campuses in the Phoenix area, along with a campus in San Antonio this fall.

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