Berkeley BEARS Program
Berkeley BEARS programs provide academic support, cultural enrichment and recreation before the traditional school day starts at 8:10am, and after it ends. After school support is until 6:00pm during the regular academic year.
All BUSD students are eligible to participate in a Berkeley BEARS After School Program. Students can ONLY enroll at the program located at the school they attend. Students and siblings who are currently enrolled in a program receive priority placement for the following year. Additional spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The programs receives reimbursement for students who attend the Program five days a week for three hours a day. Full time enrollees will receive priority in registration. Every effort will be made to accommodate parents seeking part time enrollment. Drop-in students are not allowed.
Berkeley BEARS programs are primarily funded by the California Department of Education After School Education and Safety Programs (ASES) grant, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants, parent fees based on a sliding scale, and various mini-grants.
The academic component supports academic success by creating links to classroom learning by offering homework support, small group or individual tutoring, and mentoring. The program staff is in continual communication with the classroom teachers to stay informed of students' academic challenges and strengths, which enable the staff to provide appropriate academic activities.
The enrichment component offers both traditional and non-traditional activities designed to build knowledge and enhance creative expression. These opportunities are offered by program staff and contracted specialist. The range of classes include: Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Life skills, and Science, and many more. Multiple sessions are offered per year. While participating in this component students have the opportunity to sharpen and/or learn skills and discover new ways to express themselves. We have found that when children are offered the chance to excel in enrichment activities, their self-esteem and confidence soars, which leads to academic success.
For more information about BEARS, contact BEARS Coordinator Paulette Butler.