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RISE - Student Intake Process

UPDATE: The RISE Intake System has just been updated. Return users and new users alike should take a brief moment to watch the helpful video made by our new RISE Intake coordinator Debby Lynch.

Thank you for your interest in placing your student with our regular RISE program, our Short-Term program, or our Credit Recovery program. We are excited about our ongoing partnership with your district and we are committed to providing your students with a meaningful and structured alternative education. For your convenience, we have provided this page as a snapshot of the directions to apply for enrollment.

Please note: all submissions for placement in the RISE program will now be processed through the new RISE Intake System.

First, you will want to determine if the student meets the criteria for enrollment. Next, we suggest you take a look at our FAQ's about our RISE program.

Next, please review the definitions of the three programs we are offering to see which one fits your student:

  • RISE Regular Intake South Cook ISC operates the Regional Institute for Scholastic Excellence (RISE). RISE is an alternative school program for disruptive youth in grades 6-12 within the educational service region of South Suburban Cook County. The RISE program serves students in grades 6-12 who are eligible for suspension or expulsion, or who have been suspended or are eligible for expulsion due to gross misconduct.
  • RISE Short-term Intake South Cook ISC operates the Regional Institute for Scholastic Excellence (RISE) Short-Term program. The RISE Short-Term program serves students in grades 6-12 and is designed to reset a student’s learning experience; the Short-Term Program may be used as an alternative to out of school suspension, allowing students to continue their education.
  • RISE Credit Recovery Intake South Cook ISC operates the Regional Institute for Scholastic Excellence (RISE) Credit Recovery program. The RISE Credit Recovery program is designed for students in grades 10-12 with severe credit deficiencies.

Once you have determined that one of the RISE programs may be an appropriate placement for your student, a request for intake must be submitted through our RISE Intake System. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, all RISE intakes may only be completed and submitted electronically via our RISE Intake System. While the basic information will be submitted electronically, there will be other documents that will need to be sent via hard copy to the RISE Intake Coordinator at

Following is a list of additional documents that will need to be submitted through the RISE Intake System before an intake meeting can be scheduled:

  • A program agreement signed by the district superintendent (may be on file)
  • Parent release of information. The form must be signed by the student’s parent/legal guardian before the district can release any information regarding the student to the RISE program.
  • Copy of student’s most current physical including immunization record
  • Student Attendance Record
  • Copy of free and reduced lunch form
  • Complete student discipline history, including all anecdotal records and discipline forms
  • Complete academic information
  • Expulsion hearing letter, if applicable

Upon completion of a submission to the RISE Intake System and when all of the above information has been received and reviewed by the RISE staff, an intake coordinator will set up an intake meeting. A district representative must attend the intake meeting along with the student and the student’s parent/guardian.

We look forward to a meaningful, collaborative partnership with you. As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know at!