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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! Click on the video below for an overview of our summer High School programs.

Summer Orientation

Students that are registered for a summer high school credit course must complete the orientation before the start of classes.  At the end of the document there is a link to the parent acknowledge form that must be completed by a parent or guardian. 

High School Orientation

High School Student and Parent Handbook

Required Forms

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

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

Courses are designed to explore and introduce students to the basics of conversational foreign languages, not to replace a course required by your school district.

  • No credit awarded
  • No letter grades given
  • Courses are not eligible for official /
    student transcripts
  • No homework, quizzes or tests will be assigned

Beginning Conversational Hindi I

Explore Hindi language and Indian culture through the consideration of cultural themes, vocabulary, and phrases. Learn about this rich and complex culture as you explore basic vocabulary and phrases. This class is for participants with little or no knowledge of the Hindi language and Indian culture. Textbook: Living Language Hindi, Complete Edition (ISBN :978-0307972415).

Beginning Conversational
Japanese I

Students learn practical, elementary conversational skills based on comprehension of basic grammar
and correct pronunciation. This level is for students who have not studied Japanese before. In this seven-week class, learn some basic conversational skills, such as greetings, counting and simple everyday phrases. Learn to read and recognize hiragana characters. The goal of the class is to begin to speak Japanese and enjoy the process of
learning. Required book: Japanese for Busy People (ISBN: 978-1568363844).

The Art of Spirited Away

The 2001 Japanese animated fantasy-adventure film, “Spirited Away,” was written and directed by
Hayao Miyazaki. This coming-of-age film focuses on the story of Chihiro Ogino, a 10-year-old girl who becomes trapped in an alternate reality when she moves into a new neighborhood inhabited by monsters and spirits. This class reviews the Japanese Shinto folklore spirit realm known as Kami and similar famous works of literature and film by Japanese artists. It is recommended students watch “Spirited Away” prior to the first class session.

Beginning Conversational Korean I

Whether you want to learn to speak Korean to sing along to your favorite K-Pop songs or follow along on Korean television shows, our beginning classes will kick-start your learning. Topics covered include
basic Korean structure, conversation and simple everyday phrase pronunciation to acquire a small
working vocabulary which they use in conversation and writing. This course is designed for those with little or no knowledge of Korean Language. Textbook: Living Language Korean (ISBN 978-0307972231).

Courses are designed to review high school coursework, not to replace a course required by your school district.

  • No credit awarded
  • No letter grades given
  • Courses are not eligible for official /
    student transcripts
  • No homework, quizzes or tests will be assigned

Algebra Spotlight: Polynomials

This Algebra Spotlight Series highlights operations with polynomials. Using Zoom, preview and review the following concepts: types of polynomials, adding, subtracting and multiplying polynomials as well as factoring polynomials. The instructor and students work through various problems together, allowing the student to gain confidence in polynomials before the beginning of the next school year! No homework will be assigned, but practice problems are available for independent study.

Algebra Spotlight: Quadratics

This Algebra Spotlight Series reviews solving quadratics. Using Zoom, class meetings preview and review the following concepts: solving and graphing quadratic equations and using the quadratic formula. No homework is assigned, but practice problems are available for independent study.

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.

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.

Common App Essay Workshop

Get help with your college applications by creating a working draft of your Common App essay in this writing workshop. Address 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’s ready for a final review by a parent, teacher or counselor. Time permitting, you
may also workshop supplement essays. Students are encouraged to bring a rough draft or outline of ideas to class.

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. Note individuals will be contacted by a tutor within 5 business days for a consultation on tutoring needs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In partnership with Innovation DuPage and COD’s Business and Applied Technology division, we are excited to announce a new program initiative that launched this past fall, E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs.

E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs is a free, six-week workshop series for entrepreneurial-curious high school and college students (ages 16+).

Details for spring opportunities will be posted soon! 

Please visit our website at


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

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, 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

Additional COD High School Options

High school students may also wish to explore additional COD High School programs available during the summer and regular school year.

Mailing List

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Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785