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Youth Academy High School Classes

The Youth Academy, High School program at College of DuPage has a full range of options to continue and enhance teens' intellectual curiosity and scholarly progress throughout the year.

Our Continuing Education class options are taught by Illinois State Board of Education, High School certified instructors that possess up-to-date Illinois Professional Licensure. 

Our mission is to serve district youth in high school coursework by providing high school credit summer school, ACT/SAT/PSAT test preparation classes, and one on one tutoring. COD is the place to be to get ahead, review, and prepare for high school and early college success!

Online Opportunities

All online courses require access to a reliable WiFi connection, a personal computer/tablet, webcam, and microphone. Registered students are required to submit online waivers listing a personal email address to ensure the timely sharing of log-in details.

Please be advised registration closes one week prior to the start of online courses. All students must have a completed copy of the Youth Academy Online Waiver on file at least 2 business days prior to the start of class. Online Waivers will be emailed to students and completed forms should be submitted to youthacademy@cod.edu.

Click on the "+" sign next to each program category below to see specific course details.

Get started on your summer planning and explore our summer High School Credit classes. The summer program is an extension of the regular academic school year, designed to provide students with opportunities to gain academic credit or to explore interests by auditing a class.

High School Credit classes, require each enrolled student along with a parent/guardian to participate in our mandatory orientation session.

The orientation serves as your guide to the 2021 Summer High School Program policies and procedures.

Orientation Session can be accessed here.

After you review our orientation session, please ensure you submit the required forms as highlighted below for our online High School credit sections.

Grade Release Form

Online Waiver

Click on this link to review our online High School offerings.

Register today through myACCESS!

Continuing Education in partnership with Indian Prairie School District (IPSD) 204 will offer in-person summer programs exclusively for IPSD students.

IPSD Semester 1 classes have cancelled for the summer. Please reach out to our team at youthacdemy@cod.edu for your interest in semester 2. 

IPSD 204 students interested in reviewing the class schedule, must email our team directly at youthacademy@cod.edu

IPSD in-person programs will abide by current Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Illinois State Board of Education, COVID in-person precautions. These details can be reviewed online by clicking on this hyperlink

High School Credit classes, require each enrolled student along with a parent/guardian to participate in our mandatory orientation session.

The orientation serves as your guide to the 2021 Summer High School Program policies and procedures.

Orientation Session can be accessed here.

After you review our orientation session, please ensure you submit the required form for High School credit classes as highlighted below.

Grade Release Form- required for high school credit classes

Online Waiver- required for online enrichment classes

Questions? Reach out to our Youth Academy team at youthacademy@cod.edu

Our online High School Credit Classes requires two forms, the Grade Release and Online Waiver.

Grade Release Form—High School Credit Courses Only. 

Submit your Release of Grades Form after you attend the orientation session. The Grade Release form must be submitted by the first day of class to youthacademy@cod.edu.

Subject line and email must indicate the student first and last name, course and semester(s). If you are auditing courses or taking classes for enrichment purposes only, you must note this on your form.

Youth Academy Online Waiver - High School credit and enrichment programs.

Junior High Achievers and High School enrichment classes will require an online waiver. This signed form must be on file at least 2 business days prior to program launch. 

Chemistry Spotlight: Math Components

This Chemistry Spotlight will review and introduce the math heavy components of chemistry. Instructor will review the concept and give examples the first hour of class. Instructor and students will work through problems together during the second hour. No homework assigned but problems will be available for independent study. No grade or credit given. Topics include: Atomic Structure, Gas Laws, e-configuration, stoichiometry and others typically covered in both first and second semester in a standard high school course. Registration closes one week prior to the start of online courses. Online Waiver will be emailed to students and completed forms should be submitted to youthacademy@cod edu.

Monday to Friday, July 19 to 23
2 to 4 p.m.
YEHSC-0006-100, $199
Virtual Classroom

Understanding and Building your Credit Score

Get an early start on avoiding debt before college! Students learn the importance of taking out loans, selecting the best credit card and the pros and cons of using credit cards. Participants will understand how interest works, and conduct research on different credit cards in order to understand the fees and terms associated with having a credit card. Students will gain a deeper understanding of credit scores and how credit scores affect their life, as well as the cost associated with debt.

Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 2 and 4
6 to 8 p.m.
YEHSC-0004-002, $119
Virtual Classroom (Online Wavier required for program)

Stock Market 101

Take this crash course to understand and analyze stocks. Learn risks and benefits when selecting a stock. Delve deep into portfolio diversification.

Monday to Wednesday, Aug. 9 to 11
1 to 4 p.m.
YEHSC-0004-003, $119
Virtual Classroom (Online Wavier required for program) 

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Teens can prepare for the ACT or SAT exam in a way that best suits individual needs. Students who have already participated in a test preparation class and are interested in honing in on specific subject areas of their choosing can benefit from one-on-one instruction. Textbooks are included in the tutoring fee.

Four hours—$325
Six hours—$399

All interested community members must submit a tutor request by clicking on this link. Inquiries are given to the program coordinator to reach out to our pool of tutors with the information on the student's availability and area of focus. Note individuals will be contacted by a tutor within 5 business days for a consultation on tutoring needs.

Contact our office for any additional questions at (630) 942-2208 or ce@cod.edu. Visit additional tutoring opportunities online at cod.edu/test-prep-tutoring

SAT Comprehensive Test Preparation

Review math, reading and English usage in preparation for the SAT exam. Students become familiar with SAT questions, develop test-taking strategies, increase confidence and speed, and get a review of test content. Students must bring writing utensil, calculator and paper for the course. No textbook.

Monday to Friday, July 26 to 30
9 a.m. to noon YEHSC 0004-115, $199
Virtual Classroom

ACT Comprehensive Test Preparation

Review math, science reasoning, reading and English usage in preparation for the ACT exam. The course includes an introduction to the ACT writing section. Students become familiar with ACT questions, develop test-taking strategies, increase confidence and speed, and get a review of test content. No textbook.

Monday to Friday, July 26 to 30
1 to 4 p.m.
YEHSC 0004-114, $199
Virtual Classroom

PSAT/NMSQT Test Preparation

If you have your sights set on a college scholarship or early admission, take this class to prepare for the PSAT. Cover comprehensive math and verbal material and practice the skills needed to excel on standardized achievements tests. No textbook. Students must bring writing utensil, calculator and paper for the course. No textbook.

Monday to Friday, Aug. 2 to 6
1 to 4 p.m.
YEHSC-0004-112, $199
Virtual Classroom

Common App Essay Workshop

Get help with your college applications and scholarships by creating a working draft of your Common App essay in this writing workshop. This essay can also be a part of any scholarship application. This class addresses this year’s prompts, develop a draft, and begin the editing process in a comfortable, supportive setting. Work one-on-one with the instructor and with your peers to create this important personal essay. Leave the class with a working draft that is ready for a final review by a parent, teacher or counselor. Time permitting, we may also workshop their supplement essays. Students are encouraged to bring a rough draft or outline of ideas to class.

Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 2 and 4
6 to 8 p.m.
YEHSC-0004-304, $119
Virtual Classroom

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Dental Assistant
This course prepares students to take on significant responsibilities as a member of the dental healthcare team. Specific tasks may be performed such as assisting with and providing direct patient care, sterilizing instruments, taking impressions, and performing office management skills. Areas of study covered are Legal and Ethical Responsibilities of the Dental Healthcare worker, general office procedures, Principles of Microbiology, disease prevention and Infection control, study of pharmacology and anesthesia as it relates to dentistry, and much more. Externships usually take place during normal business hours and all 120 hours must be completed to successfully pass this program. A CPR for Health Professionals course is also required.

For more information on the Dental Assistnt program visit cod.edu/healthcare 

Veterinary Assistant
This course is geared toward animal lovers, kennel workers or anyone that enjoys helping animals. Students will be taught how to care for sick and injured animals in a Veterinarian office, clinic or Animal Hospital. Students will learn client relations, office and hospital procedures, animal nursing, exam room procedures (hospital sanitation, weight/tpr, animal handling and restraining and preventative care protocols) surgical prep and assisting, laboratory procedures, radiology and pharmacology. Internships take place during normal business hours and all 30 hours must be completed successfully to pass this course.

For details, visit cod.edu/healthcare 

Pharmacy Technician
This hybrid course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a community or hospital pharmacy setting. Students will be prepared to assist the pharmacist in all daily pharmacy tasks. It will also provide necessary communication skills for interactions with patients as well as other healthcare professionals. The course includes 80 hours of classroom instruction for retail and institutional pharmacy practices and support for calculations and preparation for the National Certification exams. Students will have an optional externship component in a retail pharmacy location available as a part of the course fee.

For details, visit cod.edu/healthcare 

Tutoring

Continuing Education offers tutoring for teens and adults. All tutors hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and are selected for their knowledge and sensitivity to individual needs. Tutoring sessions typically take place in a public location and are now offered online. For more information visit our website at cod.edu/test-prep-tutoring.

Summer Grades and Accessing Your Unofficial Transcripts

Students who wish to view final letter grades from previous non-credit summer terms may do so in myACCESS. All final grades are viewable three (3) business days after the end of the semester. Log in at myaccess.cod.edu, and follow these directions. An unofficial transcript can be viewed by following these directions.

For technical assistance with myACCESS, please contact the Student Support Helpdesk at (630) 942-2999 or at studenthelp@dupage.edu.

Additional COD High School Options

High school students may also wish to explore additional COD programs such as College Now, Early Admissions at COD, and Dual-Credit academic courses available during the summer and regular school year. 

Mailing List

Would you like to be added to the Continuing Education High School Mailing List? Complete our mailing list form.

Request More Information

Go to our General Information page to request more information.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Email: CE@cod.edu
Fax: (630) 942-3785

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Please call us If you have questions about a course or need assistance with registration. You can also reach us by email at ce@cod.edu at any time.

Please note: all programming for Summer 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).