Ravenswood Elementary School

Before & After School Adventures (BASA)

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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. Before and After School Extended Day care is available for students in preschool through 8th grade.

 Youth Guidance After School Care:

  • After school care is offered from 3:45pm until 6:15pm. Parent pick-up is at Door 6.

  • 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 the BASA entrance Door 6, every day that school is in session.

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


Fall Enrichment Class Registration is now open!

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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.

Save the Dates for 2019-2019 Enrichment Classes!

Spanish Class, Mondays

Grades K-1st

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.

Mondays, 4-5pm. Fall 2019 Dates: September 30th, October 7th,October 14th (no school-no class),October 21st, October 28th, November 4th, November 11 (no school-no class), November 18th, November 25th, December 2nd, December 9th, December 16th


Grades 3rd-6th

Barrel of Monkeys will be teaching Creative Writing & Sketch Comedy workshops after school at Ravenswood! These workshops will explore various creative writing techniques such as visual inspiration, non-fiction, sensory writing, and group dialogues. Upon completion of the workshops, students will adapt their stories into sketches and songs and will perform an original production for families and friends! 

Mondays, 4-5pm. Fall 2019 Dates: October 7th, October 21st, October 28th, November 4th, November 18th, November 25th, December 2nd, December 9th— The Show!

Tae Kwon Do, Tuesdays

Grades 1st-8th

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. 

Tuesdays, 4-5pm. Fall 2019 Dates: October 1st, October 8th, October 15th, October 22nd, October 29th, November 5th, November 12th, November 19th, December 3rd, December 10th

Tuesday, 4-5pm. Spring 2020 Dates: January 21st, January 28th, February 4th, February 11th, February 18th, February 25th, March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th, March 24th.

Cooking classes, wednesdays

Grades K-2nd

Join us After School Cooking Classes, 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!

Wednesdays, 4-5pm. Fall 2019 Dates: October 2nd, October 9th, October 16th, October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, November 20th, December 4th, December 11th, December 18th.

Wednesdays, 4-5pm. Spring 2020 Dates: January 22nd, January 29th, February 5th, February 12th, February 19th, February 26th, March 4th, March 11th, March 18th, March 25th.

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.

Thursdays, 4-5pm. Fall 2019 Dates: October 3rd, October 10th, October 17th, October 24th, October 31st, November 7th, November 14th, November 21st, December 5th, December 12th.

Thursdays, 4-5pm, Spring 2020 Dates: January 23rd, January 30th, February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, February 27th, March 5th, March 12th, March 19th, March 26th.

Hands on Science, Fridays

Grades K-1st

After School Science Club for Kindergarten and First Grade! 

Led by Kids STEM Studio, students will explore the physical world through inquiry and experimental design with these science-forward courses. Science isn’t inaccessible or irrelevant to kids’ lives – instead, we teach science as a way of thinking and uncovering new discoveries. By teaching the nature of science, we prepare kids for further explorations in biology, physics, chemistry and beyond.

Fridays, 4-5pm, Fall 2019 Dates: October 4th, October 11th, October 18th, October 25th, November 1st, November 8th, November 15th, November 29th, December 6th, December 13th.

Lego Robotics, Fridays

Grades 2nd-4th

Our kids will dive into the exciting world of robotics with hands-on programming, building, troubleshooting and operating activities. Classes taught by Kids STEM Studio will utilize LEGO® Mindstorms and WeDo programs as well as traditional building techniques all while growing students’ skills in design, problem-solving and critical thinking. Students will gain confidence and a one-of-a-kind learning experience as they watch their creations take shape, from a simple idea to a working robot with motors and sensors.

Fridays, 4-5pm, Fall 2019 Dates: October 4th, October 11th, October 18th, October 25th, November 1st, November 8th, November 15th, November 29th, December 6th, December 13th.


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!


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