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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.

Youth courses will take place online during the Spring and Summer 2021 semesters. Information on potential in-person class options will be updated on Youth Academy webpages when available. For the College's current COVID-19 response, please visit

New this summer! Our Youth Academy Summer 2021 Schedule of Classes will be integrated within our Adult Continuing Education catalog. Catalogs will be mailed later this spring, and an electronic copy will be posted on our webpages in early April.

Not sure if you are part of our Mailing List? Submit your information here to ensure you receive our printed schedule to your residence.

Share your contact information here to be the first to review our Youth Academy digital summer catalog and receive additional emailed program updates!

Youth Academy Virtual Open House

Tuesday, May 4
5:00 p.m.

Join us to learn more about our Summer 2021 programs. Youth Academy staff will be available in a live Zoom session to answer questions and share program details. Additional information will be posted at

RSVP today to receive event reminders and the Zoom link directly via email.

Online Opportunities

All online courses require access to a reliable internet connection, a personal computer, webcam, 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

Click on the "+" sign next to each grade level below to see specific program details.

Summer 2021 Sneak Peek!
The list below is just some of the courses that will be offered for elementary students this summer! Full course schedule and details will be included in the Summer 2021 Schedule of Classes.

• 1st Grade Reading Review
• 5th Grade Book Club
• CS First Coding
• Drawing with Colored Pencils and Pastels
• Fractal Fun
• Introduction to Baking
• Life Skills
• Public Speaking
• Scratch Programming
• Stars, Planets and Galaxies
• String Art: Math + Art
• The Wide World of Writing
• Yoga

Summer 2021 Sneak Peek!
The list below is just some of the courses that will be offered for middle school students this summer! Full course schedule and details will be included in the Summer 2021 Schedule of Classes.

• Dungeons & Dragons
• Introducing Linear Equations
• Junior Speech Team
• Literary Analysis and Writing Skills
• Major World Religions
• Order of Operations
• Persuasion and Debate
• Politics and Elections
• Public Speaking
• Rock and Hip Hop History
• Stock Market
• Trivia Fun

The Junior High Achievers program reinforces the academic performance of motivated seventh and eighth graders in non-credit high school coursework. COD does not offer high school credit or final letter grades for programs. All courses are taught by Illinois State Board of Education, High School certified instructors that possess up-to-date Illinois Professional Licensure. Visit our website at to review additional program dates. 

Click on this link and discover our spring 2021 class offerings! 

Registration closes one week prior to the start of online courses. Enroll today through myACCESS!

Summer 2021 will offer Math Enrichment and Test Prep Classes!

Get into academic shape with our class workshops that focus on math and science subjects that allow students the ability to preview, review, or reinforce course topics.

Courses are taught by Illinois State Board of Education, High School certified instructors that possess up-to-date Illinois Professional Licensure. Visit our website at to review additional program dates.

Click on this link and discover our spring 2021 class offerings!

Registration closes one week prior to the start of online courses. Enroll today through myACCESS!

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 tutor requests 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. Review additional areas of tutoring support below and note individuals will be contacted by a tutor within 5 business days for a consultation on tutoring needs.

The consultation with the tutor is your chance to explain your needs and determine if the tutor is a good fit with knowledge, personality, and availability. If interested participants determine the tutor aligns with their expectations, please set-up a tentative schedule and confirm your interest with the tutor. Tutoring sessions cannot begin until after registration is completed.

Review our tutoring website for additional opportunities at

The College of DuPage Youth Academy provided free youth activity content during Summer 2020. Check out the links below!

Video Archive

June 1 - Kids in the Kitchen: Fruit Kabobs

June 2 - Math-E-Magic: Circles

June 3 - Yogic Math

June 4 - Kids in the Kitchen: Veggie Omelet

June 8 - Kids in the Kitchen: English Muffin Pizzas

June 9 - Logic Puzzles: Elimination

June 10 - ACT & SAT Readiness

June 11 - Kids in the Kitchen: Banana Bread

June 15 - Caring For Your Pets

June 16 - Simple Meme Creation

June 17 - ACT & SAT Test Prep Tips: English Section

June 18 - Kids in the Kitchen: Pancakes

June 22 - Kids in the Kitchen: Easy Bean Burrito 

June 23 - Math-E-Magic: Looping Numbers

June 24 - ACT & SAT Test Prep: Reading Section

June 25 - Kids in the Kitchen: Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

June 29 - Kids in the Kitchen: Rice Krispie Mug Treat

June 30- Amusement Park Physics

July 1- ACT & SAT Test Prep Tips: Math Section

July 2- Kids in the Kitchen: Baked Chicken Tenders

July 6 - All About Animals: Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats 

July 7 - Logic Puzzles: Rebus Puzzles

July 8 - ACT Test Prep Tips: Science Section

July 9 - Kids in the Kitchen: Guacamole

July 13 - Kids in the Kitchen: Confetti Popcorn

July 14 - Math- E- Magic: Consecutive Numbers

July 15 - Act & Test Prep Tips: Essay Section

July 16 - Kids in the Kitchen: Fruit Salad

July 20 - Kids in the Kitchen: Berry Dip

July 21 - Logic Puzzles: Sudoku

July 22- High School Success : Time Management

July 23 - Kids in the Kitchen: Quesadilla 

July 27 - All About Animals : My Dog Does What?

July 28 - Math-E-Magic: The Calculator Argument

July 29 - Test Prep Series: Cornell Note-Taking 

July 30 - Kids in the Kitchen: Cake in a Mug

Aug. 3 - Kids in the Kitchen: Quick Energy Trail Mix

Aug. 4 -  Reading Comprehension: Fix the Fuzziness

Aug. 5 - ACT/SAT Best Practices

Aug. 6 - Kids in the Kitchen: Banana Berry Nice Cream



Young students in kitchen

Youth Academy students exploring culinary arts in our Culinary Center.

Students posing in front of a bus

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 summer offerings for students in Kindergarten through High School.

Youth Enrichment: Academic and enrichment classes 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: Elective and academic options throughout the year include test preparation, tutoring and our new summer refresher series.

Talent Search: Courses for academically gifted students scoring in the ninetieth percentile.

Summer Camps: Explorer Camps provide all-day fun for students entering kindergarten to grade six. Students entering grades seven to ten can participate in the Counselor Training program or Teen X-Treme Camps.

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 additional 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

Cancellations & 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. 

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Contact Information

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

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at at any time.

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