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Youth Academy

Learn how to maximize your potential by taking advantage of the many youth offerings at College of DuPage. It's never too early to develop an appreciation of lifelong learning.

Register today online or call (630) 942-2208.

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Youth Academy students exploring culinary arts in our Culinary Center.

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Explorers Day Camp field trip.

Students soldering

Youth Academy students soldering as part of our manufacturing camp.

Students using a microscope

Youth Academy students expanding their scientific skills while learning how to use a microscope.

Youth students practicing archery

Summer Camp fun, Youth Academy students trying they hand at archery.

Youth and High School Programs

Click on the program titles below to find more information about our offerings for students in Kindergarten through High School.

  • Youth Enrichment: Academic and enrichment classes are offered throughout the year for students in elementary and middle school. Explore exciting STEM topics or gain additional practice in school subjects.
  • Junior High Achievers: Students entering grades 7 and 8 are invited to explore high school curriculum among a group of peers in classes modeled after high school standards.
  • High School Programs: High School credit, advancement and enrichment programs available throughout the summer.  Get college ready with ACT/SAT test prep courses, tutoring and Success Series courses.
  • Elementary Excellence: Summer courses for 3rd to 5th grade academically gifted students scoring in the ninetieth percentile. Please note: The Talent Search program has transitioned to serve grades 3 to 5 through Elementary Excellence programming and grades 7 and 8 in Junior High Achievers programming.
  • Summer Camps: Explorer Camps provide all-day fun for students entering kindergarten to grade five. Students entering grades seven to ten can participate in the Counselor Training program or Teen X-Treme Camps.
  • Private Music Lessons: We are pleased to offer online and in-person private music lessons.
  • Tutoring: Professional tutoring is available in a variety of topics including English, Math, Science and Standardized ACT and SAT Test Prep.

Merit Badges

Earn your Boy Scouts of America merit badges at College of DuPage. Camps are led by a certified merit badge counselor and different topics will be offered throughout the year. 

All Merit Badge camps are currently at full capacity. To be contacted when sessions are created, email the Youth Coordinator at and include the student's name, age and a phone number at which you can be reached.

In-Person Required Forms

All students registered in Youth Enrichment, Talent Search or Summer Camp in-person programs must have a completed Student Code of Conduct and Medical Release Form on file on the first day of their camp or class. Parents and guardians may bring completed copies of these required forms on the first day or complete them during sign-in. The high school programs have a separate set of required forms, find more information at

Online Opportunities and Forms

All online courses require access to a reliable internet connection, a personal computer, web cam, and microphone. Registered students are required to submit online waivers for program.

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. Completed forms should be emailed to

Cancellations and Refunds 

In the event of a class cancellation or student drop, College of DuPage Continuing Education will issue a refund to the name associated with the enrolled course. In order for a parent to receive the refund in their name, they will need to complete the following Parent Refund Form for Youth Academy Participants. This form needs to be completed no later than one week after the payment has been made for the course.

Contact Information

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

Front Desk Hours
  • Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Office hours may vary due to holidays and staff coverage.