Frequently Asked Questions
What are the North Cook ISC districts?
Where is the North Cook ISC located?
We are located on the northwest corner of River Road and Touhy in DesPlaines, Illinois. Get directions to North Cook ISC.
How do I apply for Teacher Certification?
Learn more about certification or call 847-803-3705 for more information.
Do you offer GED courses?
The NCISC does not offer GED classes. Oakton Community College (847-635-1808) and Harper College (847-925-6300) serve northern Cook County in offering GED classes.
Can I earn CPDUs attending North Cook ISC professional development activities?
The North Cook Intermediate Service Center is an approved provider of CPDUs. Our workshop and seminar flyers indicate the number of CPDUs that are available for each event. Review our current workshop offerings.
Can I earn university credit attending North Cook ISC professional development activities?
The NCISC offers university credit through Aurora University. Select multi-day workshops may offer university credit. Course descriptions indicate when credit is available. Review our current workshop offerings.
North Cook Young Adult Academy
What is a student's "home school"?
The student's home school is defined at the local public school which the student would be attending if they had not been suspended or expelled.
How is a student placed at NCYAA?
The student's home school district submits each student for placement at NCYAA. Learn more about placement.
Who qualifies for placement in NCYAA?
A: Public school students in northern suburban Cook County in grades 6 through 12 who have multiple suspensions, or are pending an expulsion may qualify for placement in NCYAA. Learn more about eligibility conditions.
Does NCYAA accept students classified as special education?
NCYAA is a regular education placement. Special Education services are the responsibility of the home school.
Does NCYAA accept all students who are recommended?
NCYAA accepts most students who have multiple suspensions or are pending an expulsion, however, NCYAA has the right to refuse placement of students. NCYAA staff will work closely with the home district to determine appropriateness of placement.
How long is the student placed in NCYAA?
There is no set time. The length a student is placed in NCYAA is usually from one semester to one year but can vary depending on the student. Review and return dates are identified at the time of the intake meeting and during semi-annual reviews.
Who pays for the student's tuition?
Tuition and transportation are the responsibility of the student's home school.
Can parents or private schools recommend students to the program?
No. Recommendations for placement are only accepted from superintendents and/or their designees of public school districts in the northern suburban Cook County. Learn more about placement.
How does the student attain credits for graduation?
The home school district will accept all credits earned at NCYAA. NCYAA follows the curriculum used in the home schools, and all courses are aligned to state standards.