8th grade students and their parents are making decisions on applying for an academy at the High School level. Enrollment for next year takes place after the new year so families are gathering information and making decisions for the fall of 2019.
During the month of October, presentations were made at the middle schools during the day to student and the evening to parents. The theme this year is “High School Options.” The presenters were: Angela Epps, 21st Century Academies Coordinator, Barbra Gonzales, Career and Technical Education Coordinator, and Amy Stolz, Principal at the Olathe Advance Technical Center.
The focus was the three options that students have in High School to provide them experiences and exploration of various career fields. This prepares students for post-secondary in either validating what they are interested in or discovering that it isn’t a good fit for them and taking the opportunity to explore other areas.
Students can apply to a 21st Century Academy and if invited and accepted, they attend the High School where the academy is located. If the High School is not the students home school and they are a transfer student, the school district provides transportation to and from school and no cost to the family.
If you are an 8th Grade parent and were unable to attend one of the high school options presentations,or are interested in the HS options, please review the PowerPoint presentation with notes in PDF format.
The High School Options that Olathe Public Schools offers its students aligns with the Kansans CAN initiative. Kansas vision for education is “Kansans are demanding higher standards in academic skills, as well as employability and citizenship skills, and the need to move away from a “one-size-fits-all” system that relies exclusively on state assessments. This new vision for education calls for a more student-focused system that provides support and resources for individual success and will require everyone to work together to make it a reality. Together, Kansans Can.”