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Chaperoned Metra Service from Chicago

Science & Arts Academy is accessible to gifted learners from the city of Chicago with our convenient Transportation Program.

We are pleased to offer a daily, round trip chaperoned Metra service before and after school between the Clybourn and Des Plaines Metra stations.  The SAA chaperone ensures students’ safe arrival to Science & Arts Academy in the morning, as well as their safe arrival back to the Clybourn station in the afternoon.  All SAA students are eligible for this service.

Program Details

A school shuttle bus transports students between the Des Plaines Metra station and SAA (0.5 mile distance). 

Parents are responsible for dropping their child off and picking their child up from the designated SAA chaperone at the Clybourn Metra station in Chicago.

Times may be subject to change based on Metra services changes.


  • Students depart as a group from the Clybourn Metra Station located at 2001 N. Ashland Avenue in Chicago.  

  • A parent (or designee) must sign the child in with the SAA chaperone at the Clybourn station promptly between 7:35 - 7:40am. 
  • The SAA group takes the Union Pacific Northwest train #617, which departs Clybourn at 7:43am
  • The train arrives at the Des Plaines Metra Station at 8:09am.  
  • Escorted by the SAA chaperone, students board the waiting shuttle bus and arrive to SAA at approximately 8:20am


  • Students and the SAA chaperone board the shuttle at SAA departing for the Des Plaines Metra Station at 3:18pm.

  • The SAA group takes Union Pacific Northwest train #654, which leaves Des Plaines at 3:31pm.
  • Students arrive back at Clybourn at 3:59pm.  
  • A parent (or designee) must sign the child out from the SAA chaperone at the Clybourn station between 3:59 - 4:05pm. Pickups after 4:10pm will incur a fee of $7/minute. 

2023-2024 Fees

Families wishing to take advantage of the chaperoned Metra service are charged a yearly fee of $950.00 for this round trip service.

  • Parents are responsible for paying their child’s Metra fare.  
  • Reduced Metra fares are available for students by presenting an enrollment verification letter from SAA to a Metra ticket agent.

Your enrollment contract and deposit must be submitted prior to registering for transportation. 

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