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Frequently Asked Questions

How does my student join BEST?

  • BEST building coordinators send out invitations to families at the beginning of the year.  Information will also be available during school tours and open houses. Please contact your school with additional questions about that specific site. Registration packets are available by contacting the Site Coordinators.

How much does BEST cost families?

  • BEST is a low/no cost program to families, largely funded by two grants. At the elementary level, the cost varies from $10-$20 per sessionFall Decorations with Kanazu-Awara students (1)s. The middle level costs $50 per trimester. However, these fees are on a sliding scale based on family need. No student is denied access to this program for inability to pay. Fees help cover cost of supplies and  field trips. However, fees may become a larger part of BEST funding in the future.

 Which schools have a BEST program?

We currently serve students in six 4j schools:

  1. Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
  2. Howard Elementary
  3. River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary
  4. Spring Creek Elementary
  5. Kelly Middle
  6. Madison Middle

What type of activities does BEST offer my student?


BEST has three key components; homework, meal, and enrichment. Each site does the rotation and timing differently to meet the needs of the students they serve. Transportation home is provided based on need. BEST is an equal opportunity provider.

Students are offered homework support, math, and reading intervention to help meet learning targets. Enrichment classes are offered in partnership with the City of Eugene, YMCA, School Garden Project, Eugene Symphony Link-up, Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestra (ESYO), Little Hands Can, PAAWS, guest speakers, and other staff that help bring a robust variety of class choices. Students experience classes from wood shop, teen chef, recorders, salsa dancing, lego robotics, art, beginning strings, and so much more!