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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.

All youth courses during the Fall 2020 semester will take place online. Click on the "+" sign next to each grade level below to see specific course details.

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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 youthacademy@cod.edu.  

Sir Cumference and Medieval Geometry (Grades 4 to 6)

Explore geometric topics through the fun math adventure books by Neuschwander and Geehan. Students will discover exciting ways to understand and remember concepts such as coordinate planes, parts of a circle, the ratio of pi and more. Students should have a basic understanding of the four fundamental operations with whole numbers (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Class meetings will be held via Zoom. Instructor: Ayesha Ahmed

Monday, Oct. 19 to Nov. 9
4 to 5:30 p.m.
YEEL-0004-001, $75

Registration closes one week prior to the start of online courses.
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Fractal Fun (Grades 6 to 8)

Discover the art and mathematical concepts behind the Sierpinski Triangle, Koch Curve and other famous fractals. Explore geometry and art in these infinite, self-similar patterns found in nature. Class meetings will be held via Zoom. Instructor: Ayesha Ahmed

Tuesday, Nov. 10 to Dec. 1
4 to 5:30 p.m.
YEMS-0003-002, $75

Registration closes one week prior to the start of online courses.
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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 cod.edu/junior-high to review additional program dates. 

Math level 1: Algebra with an Introduction to Geometry

This Math Academic Readiness class encompasses math topics such as Pythagorean Theorem, polynomials, the order of operations, foil, factoring, probability, solving inequalities, graphing, equations of a line. As well as simple Geometry topics like area, perimeter, properties of circles, triangles and of regular polygons. Suitable for grades 7-9 or classes like Algebra, basic math, consumer math, intro to Geometry.

Wednesdays, Oct.14 to Oct. 28
6 to 8:00 p.m.
YEHSC-0005-001, $99
Virtual Classroom

Math level 2: Algebra II with Geometry and Trigonometry

Suitable for grades 9-11 or classes like Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra with Geometry, Algebra with Trigonometry, College Algebra, Consumer math II. Students will explore math topics including right triangles with unit circle and Trigonometry with additional Algebra 2 concepts like two equations/two unknowns, substitutions, squares, powers, inequalities, graphing inequalities, basic functions, integration of Algebra with Geometry.

Saturdays, Oct.10 to Oct. 24
10:00 a.m. to noon
YEHSC-0005-003, $99
Virtual Classroom

Algebra Spotlight: Graphing Linear Equations & Slopes

This Algebra Spotlight Series will highlight Graphing Linear Equations & Slope. Class workshop meetings will preview & review the following concepts: How to graph a linear equation, write equations in slope-intercept form, find the slope of a line, x-& y-intercepts, and parallel & perpendicular lines. Instructor & students will work through various problems together, allowing the student to gain greater confidence in algebraic skills. Graph Paper will be needed daily. No homework will be assigned but practice problems will be available for independent study.

Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 20 to Oct. 29
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
YEHSC 0005-010, $99
Virtual Classroom

Algebra Spotlight: Working with Systems of Equations

Students can review and preview working with systems of equations in many forms. Learn how to solve systems of equations: by graphing, substitution, and elimination as well as solving word problems. Instructor & students will work through various problems together, allowing the student to gain greater confidence in algebraic skills. No homework will be assigned. Graph Paper will be needed daily

Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 10 to Nov. 19
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
YEHSC 0005-011, $99
Virtual Classroom

Chemistry Spotlight: Math Components

This Chemistry Spotlight will review and introduce the math-heavy components of chemistry. The instructor will review concepts and give examples for the first hour of class. The instructor and students will work through problems together during the second hour. Topics include Atomic Structure, Gas Laws, e-configuration, limiting reactants, stoichiometry, and other typically covered in both first and second semesters in a standard high school course.

Monday through Friday, Oct. 5 to Oct. 09
6 to 8:00 p.m.
YEHSC 0006-100, $115

Virtual Classroom

Registration closes one week prior to the start of online courses.
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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 that are typical trouble subject areas.

Lessons will be prepared and if students have particular questions, those will be addressed first during the first-hour of the program. All curriculum will loosely follow general math and science standards throughout the duration of the program.

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 cod.edu/cehighschool to review additional program dates.

Math level 1: Algebra with an Introduction to Geometry

This Math Academic Readiness class encompasses math topics such as Pythagorean Theorem, polynomials, the order of operations, foil, factoring, probability, solving inequalities, graphing, equations of a line. As well as simple Geometry topics like area, perimeter, properties of circles, triangles and of regular polygons. Suitable for grades 7-9 or classes like Algebra, basic math, consumer math, intro to Geometry.

Wednesdays, Oct.14 to Oct. 28
6 to 8:00 p.m.
YEHSC-0005-001, $99
Virtual Classroom

Math level 2: Algebra II with Geometry and Trigonometry

Suitable for grades 9-11 or classes like Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra with Geometry, Algebra with Trigonometry, College Algebra, Consumer math II. Students will explore math topics including right triangles with unit circle and Trigonometry with additional Algebra 2 concepts like two equations/two unknowns, substitutions, squares, powers, inequalities, graphing inequalities, basic functions, integration of Algebra with Geometry.

Saturdays, Oct.10 to Oct. 24
10:00 a.m. to noon
YEHSC-0005-003, $99
Virtual Classroom

Algebra Spotlight: Graphing Linear Equations & Slopes

This Algebra Spotlight Series will highlight Graphing Linear Equations & Slope. Class workshop meetings will preview & review the following concepts: How to graph a linear equation, write equations in slope-intercept form, find the slope of a line, x-& y-intercepts, and parallel & perpendicular lines. Instructor & students will work through various problems together, allowing the student to gain greater confidence in algebraic skills. Graph Paper will be needed daily. No homework will be assigned but practice problems will be available for independent study.

Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 20 to Oct. 29
5:30  to 7:30 p.m.
YEHSC 0005-010, $99
Virtual Classroom

Algebra Spotlight: Working with Systems of Equations

Students can review and preview working with systems of equations in many forms. Learn how to solve systems of equations: by graphing, substitution, and elimination as well as solving word problems. Instructor & students will work through various problems together, allowing the student to gain greater confidence in algebraic skills. No homework will be assigned. Graph Paper will be needed daily.


Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 10 to Nov. 19
5:30  to 7:30 p.m.
YEHSC 0005-011, $99
Virtual Classroom

Chemistry Spotlight: Math Components

This Chemistry Spotlight will review and introduce the math-heavy components of chemistry. The instructor will review concepts and give examples for the first hour of class. The instructor and students will work through problems together during the second hour. Topics include Atomic Structure, Gas Laws, e-configuration, limiting reactants, stoichiometry, and other typically covered in both first and second semesters in a standard high school course.


Monday through Friday, Oct. 5 to Oct. 09
6 to 8:00 p.m.
YEHSC 0006-100, $115
Virtual Classroom

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

The College of DuPage Youth Academy provided free youth activity videos all summer long. Check out our Facebook page for the latest enrichment content!

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 - Fall 2020 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 youthacademy@cod.edu 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 cod.edu/cehighschool

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
Email: CE@cod.edu
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 ce@cod.edu at any time.

Please note: all programming for Fall 2020 will be online (some exceptions apply).