North Cook Young Adult Academy


    North Cook Young Adult Academy (NCYAA) is a Regional Safe Schools Program that serves students from Grades 6 – 12 who have had multiple suspensions or are pending expulsion from their home schools. The length of time a student is placed in NCYAA varies with each student and is determined by the home school district. Typically, it is at least one semester and may extend to two years.

    NCYAA maintains rigorous academic standards while emphasizing its students form positive, social relationships. The curriculum focuses on the Common Core Learning Standards, the development of lifelong strategies for thinking critically, and the making of good decisions. NCYAA partners with its sending districts to maintain its curriculum integrity. Prior to placement in the program, a comprehensive assessment is completed to identify each student’s strengths and weaknesses. The educational program is customized to maximize the student’s opportunity for success. All staff are appropriately certified according to State law, and all credits earned are transferred to the home school district. More than 80% of students sent to NCYAA successfully transition back to their home schools or graduate while here.

    For more information, contact Lisa Fornwald, NCYAA Director:

    • email:
    • direct line: 847-803-3702
    • North Cook Young Adult Academy: 847-803-3709

    "I just wanted to let all you know that the job you've done at North Cook Academy has been amazing. I admire and appreciate you more than I could ever express! Your dedication to your craft is undeniable. The work and effort you put in to help the kids sent to North Cook Academy is great and has personally changed my vision of education! I thank you with great depth."
                                                                        ~NCYAA Student

    "Thank you for easing the time [my child] spent at your school, it was such a positive experience for a severely difficult time. I appreciate how accepting you and your teachers have been and how helpful everyone was!! Amazing school and amazing staff!!"                
                                                                        ~NCYAA Parent

2019-2020 NCYAA School Year