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. 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:
    • 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