A Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School

Ravenswood School, in partnership with Youth Guidance and Columbia College Chicago, presents Before and 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 Tuition-Based Programming:

Before school, Youth Guidance offers a supervised play and homework help program starting at 7:15 a.m. until school begins at 8:45 a.m. Tuition-based Pre-K students are welcome to join the before-school fun, too!  All students are escorted to the area where teachers pick up students once the morning bell rings at 8:45 a.m.  Pre-K students are escorted to their classrooms at the 8:00 a.m. start time.  After school, Youth Guidance offers an on-site, year-long, quality after-school program from 3:45 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. The program offers a variety of activities designed to supplement the school’s curriculum and keep students engaged, happy and learning. Each day of the program includes an academic/homework hour and/or physical activity, games and other extracurricular activities. Students from other schools are welcome to join in the BASA fun as well! In fact, Youth Guidance currently hosts students from several other area schools. (Please note that students from other area schools are not eligible to attend Columbia College programming.)

Enrichment Activities

Columbia College Chicago offers high-quality arts-based programming at no cost to the Ravenswood community.   Youth Guidance offers foreign language, Tae Kwon Do, and chess at an incredibly reasonable rate. Please see the BASA website www.ravenswood5.wix.com/BASA for more information.  Both CCAP and YG class offerings will be announced shortly after the school year begins – watch the Ravenswood Email newsletter and BASA website blog for information.


Contact Information

Please visit the BASA website at www.ravenswood5.wix.com/BASA for registration and   information!  Please see our blog page for the latest info and updates.

Questions about Youth Guidance programming? Email Ms. Emily Piper, Community Resource Coordinator with Youth Guidance at epiper@youth-guidance.org or call (312) 927-8147.

Questions about CCAP (Columbia College) programming?  Email Ms. Alyce McQueen, Coordinator with CCAP (Columbia College) at amcqueen@colum.edu

About Our Organizations

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.

The Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at 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. The cornerstone of Community School Partnerships is its ability to build connections and create reciprocal partnerships between Columbia College Chicago, community, and neighborhood schools. As such, CCAP brings 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.

CCAP is very excited to bring our unique approach of high quality out-of-school time programming to the families of Ravenswood Elementary School. In 2015, 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!

Check out our Community Schools program video for a closer look at what we do!