eHours (short for extension hours) are a part of all 21st Century programs. Students complete eHours throughout high school in order to gain more knowledge and experience of academy content outside of the classroom. By completing eHours, students will gain meaningful learning experiences that will enhance their knowledge and abilities to pursue BioMedical Engineering career pathways in the future.

General Requirements for eHours:

  1. Student eHours are earned outside the regular school day and not tied to a course grade.
  2. Student eHours are continuously earned over all 4 high school years.
  3. All eHours (including pictures or other documentation) will be submitted online through the 21st Century Academy Endorsement link. No paper copies accepted. NOTE: You are required to submit a picture to the request, as proof you attended or completed the eHours you are requesting. Requests without pictures may be returned or denied.
  4. A suggested minimum of 50 eHours should be earned each of 4 years, including senior year, to meet the basic level of endorsement. More eHours can be accumulated to reach higher levels of endorsement.
    • Levels of Endorsement – eHours Required

      Endorse 200 Hours
      Endorse with Honors 300 Hours
      Endorse with High Honors    400 Hours
  5. All eHours are tracked by the student and submitted (through the link above) to their Academy Facilitator for approval. Forms should be submitted online in a timely manner and meet these deadlines (otherwise the eHours may be rejected): 
    • eHours completed from May 15 to August 31 will be due by September 15 of the same year
    • eHours completed from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 will be due by January 15 of the following year
    • eHours completed from Jan. 1 to May 14 will be due by May 31 of the same year
  6. Approval for what is accepted as an eHour is determined by the Academy Facilitator. Check in advance if you have a question as to whether the event is acceptable for eHours credit.
  7. Students who have not made significant progress towards their eHours goals by the middle of their junior year, may lose the ability to participate in an internship. Students should have a minimum of 125 eHours after the first semester of their junior year in order to be eligible for a senior year internship.
  8. A maximum of 50 eHours will be accepted for a single activity, per school year. If students foresee spending significant time in an activity, please keep in mind, the maximum number of hours for any one single event or activity that they can receive is 50 eHours, per academic year.

Examples of eHours include, but not limited to: 

  • Leading or attending community presentations or guest speakers related to BioMedical Engineering
  • Academy related volunteer/community service, includes leadership positions outside of school
  • Field-trips relating to BioMedical Engineering: must be outside of the school day and also not for a grade
  • Being an active participant in a club or team at Olathe South related to BioMedical Engineering (Science Olympiad, Scholars Bowl, DECA, Green Team, Robotics, etc.)
  • Preparing and participating in Academy related competitions, outside of the school day
  • Providing service to the Academy or to the school
  • BioMedical Engineering Leadership Team – time spent on leadership tasks and team/committee meetings
  • Participating in college or post-secondary campus visits 
  • Participating in an academic conference, summer camp, or a internship/shadowship (not including Senior Capstone), ACT exam and ACT prep classes
  • Participating in district sponsored Skills for YOUR Success Workshop (Junior year)
  • Participating in approved Professional Learning Experiences outside of school day (PLEs)
  • Literature Reviews – book or magazine eHours Literature Review Instructions (1)