North Cook Young Adult Academy

  • NCYAA

    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. NCYAA is dedicated to providing a positive, safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.


    NCYAA is a regular education program that follows a comprehensive curriculum similar to the home school district, with differentiated instruction that is centered around a student’s individual differences and learning styles. Social-emotional growth is an important aspect of the program. Class sizes do not exceed 10 students in most cases. NCYAA also provides resources and services, such as planning and goal setting, counseling, job related services, and social-emotional learning, along with individual and group support. We offer a team approach in our program. There is regular, ongoing communication between NCYAA staff, parents/guardians, the student and the home school.

    All credits earned by students at NCYAA are transferred to their home school district. More than 80% of students sent to NCYAA successfully transition back to their home school or graduate. North Cook Young Adult Academy empowers students to develop respect and responsibility for themselves and their communities. Our goal is for students to become lifelong learners and active contributors to their community.

    For more information, contact Lisa Fornwald, NCYAA Director:

    • email: lfornwald@ncisc.org
    • direct line: 847-803-3702
    • North Cook Young Adult Academy: 847-803-3709

NCYAA in Action