North Cook Young Adult Academy (NCYAA) - Eligibility and Placement
Students enrolled in grades 6 through 12 in a public school served by the NCISC, and meeting one or more of the following criteria, may be eligible for services through NCYAA:
A student is placed at NYCAA after the student's home school district submits the required paperwork to NCYAA’s Administrative Office. Recommendations for placement are only accepted from superintendents and/or their designees of public school districts in the northern suburban Cook County which includes schools in the Evanston, New Trier, Niles, Glenbrook, Maine, Arlington Heights and Palatine Townships.
- suspended at least twice for "gross misconduct" (see definition below)
- arrested by the police or remanded to juvenile or criminal courts for acts related to school activities
- students who violate one of the schools "zero tolerance" policies
- involved in "gross misconduct" that can be demonstrated as serious, repetitive, and/or cumulative
- youth returning from juvenile corrections facilities
- have pending expulsion hearings
If a student qualifies, the Referral and Intake Coordinator sets up a testing date for the student. After the assessment is completed, the Referral and Intake Coordinator schedules a meeting with the student, parent, school district, and NCYAA staff to develop an Individual Optional Education Plan (IOEP). The student is then administratively transferred from the home school district to NCYAA.
If the student has already been expelled, the home school district must re-enroll the student in order for the student to attend NCYAA. Only superintendents and/or their designee can recommend placement.
NCYAA has the right to refuse placement of students.
"Gross misconduct" is defined as:
- use of or possession of weapons or guns
- sale and/or possession of illegal substances
- chronic fighting, assault or physical violence
- theft or destruction of property of the school, staff, or other students
- sexual harassment, harassment and/or hazing
- gang-related activity
- insubordination posing imminent danger to the health, safety, and welfare of students and staff
- repeated and willful behavior of:
- flagrant or persistent disrespect, verbal assault and/or verbal threats, and/or deliberate attempts to intimidate faculty, staff, sponsors, or students
- flagrant or persistent disregard for the rules and regulations of the home school