Ravenswood Elementary School

Before & After School Adventures (BASA)

Sign up for BASA here!

Ravenswood School, in partnership with Youth Guidance and Columbia College Chicago, presents Before & After School Adventures—better known as “BASA”. BASA offers quality on-site, supervised before- and after-school child care, plus the opportunity to enroll in an ever-expanding variety of classes and workshops for students of all ages.

 Youth Guidance After School Care:

  • After school care is offered from 3:45pm until 6:15pm

  • Students are picked up at their classroom by BASA counselors

  • Students may enroll in after-school care only, or in a variety of supplemental activities

Youth Guidance Before School Care:

  • Drop-off begins at 7:15am at Door 4, every day that school is in session

  • TB Pre-K students are escorted to their class at the 8:00am start time.

  • At 8:45am, all students are escorted to their teacher or classroom by BASA counselors


BASA Enrichment Classes

In addition to our regular before & after school care, we offer supplemental classes to all students. All classes are held at Ravenswood. Students do not have to be enrolled in BASA to attend supplemental classes. However, apart from the Columbia College arts programming, most classes do have fees. You can learn more and register here.

Spanish Classes, Mondays

Grades K-3

Led by Instituto Cervantes, this is a Spanish immersion and enrichment program. Students will learn and practice their Spanish speaking skills through guided recreational play, speaking and listening activities, arts and crafts, and storytelling. Activities will be conducted in Spanish and will be planned to correspond with school themes and holidays.

TaeKwonDo, Tuesdays

Grades 1-7

Students develop self-confidence, character, leadership, and fitness. Students learn Taekwondo in an environment of mutual support, respect, and community. Kids have fun while developing focus, strength, character, and respect for self and others. 

Cooking class, wednesdays

Grades K-5

Join us for After School Cooking Class, taught by Sticky Fingers! We'll be cooking up fun and healthy recipes! Students will release their inner chef as they explore exciting tastes, master culinary skills, and nourish their bodies and minds. Classes are led by Sticky Fingers, which uses seasonal and local produce as much as possible. Sticky Fingers CAN and WILL accommodate ANY and ALL food allergies!

CheSs club, Thursdays

Grades 1-8 & all levels welcome!

All classes are taught by Chess-Ed and led by US Chess Federation certified teachers. Chess-Ed students learn interpersonal skills such as sportsmanship, patience and positive attitudes as well as fundamentals like math and geometry that carry over to the classroom.

Knuckleball Comedy, fridays

Grades 1-4 

With direction and coaching from an experienced comedian, kids learn the basics of improvisation and performance through fun mind games and interactive play.  Along the way, kids will gain valuable communication and team-working skills as they learn to listen and think creatively.  At the end of the session, kids will also produce and star in their very own improv comedy show which is sure to receive lots of laughs from both the audience and participants! 


You can find more information about BASA, including registration details and parent waivers, by downloading these documents:

For more information, please feel free to contact us:


Our BASA Partners

Ravenswood’s BASA program is entirely coordinated by our two outstanding partners, Youth Guidance and Columbia College.


Youth Guidance

Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, to succeed in school and in life. The After-School Enrichment Programs provide homework assistance, academic enrichment, technology exploration, recreation and physical activity, skill development, safety and supervision during after-school hours.

Each enrichment menu is tailored to meet the specific needs of the school, student and parent community. The variety of programs offered stimulates students with challenging opportunities for growth and development outside the classroom, using age-appropriate materials and highly-skilled service providers.

Youth Guidance employs an economy of scale approach to offer in-demand enrichment programs at competitively discounted rates.


columbia College Chicago, Community Schools

Columbia College Chicago is shaping the schools of tomorrow through its commitment to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. By uniting the most important influences in children’s lives – school, family and community – these partnerships aim to support not only their learning but development as well. Columbia College’s goal is to build connections and create reciprocal partnerships between Columbia College Chicago, community, and neighborhood schools. As such, we bring the transformative experiences of arts and expanded learning to over 1,400 Chicago Public Schools students, 600 parents, 100 local teaching artists, and dozens of Columbia College Chicago students and faculty each year.

We’re very excited to bring our unique approach of high quality out-of-school time programming to the families of Ravenswood Elementary School. In 2014, we were awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant to partner with Ravenswood Elementary School. This means we are able to offer our nationally recognized arts-based programming to the Ravenswood community completely free of charge!