The online application window was open from October 24th at 8am to December 7th at 10pm
The application window is now closed. 

If you missed the application deadline, please email 21century@olatheschools.org

Applying to an academy does not obligate the student.

Applying provides the student more time to gather information about the academy of their interest.
Not applying closes the door.

If there is any level of interest in an academy, it is recommended to apply.

  • If during the application process the student changes their mind, they can withdraw their application.
  • Additionally, if they complete the application process and are invited to an academy, but they decide it isn’t a good fit, they can decline the invitation.
  • If a student doesn’t apply, they don’t get the opportunity to go through the process and find out more details about the academy.

If a student accepts an invitation to an academy and begins the school year, it is expected that the student completes a full year in the academy before they have the option to withdraw due to a change of interest.

Download the“Application Instructions, Draft and Application Link” Document to prepare your application essays. 

  • Applications are NOT “first-come, first-served”.
  • You will receive a confirmation email, to the email addresses provided in the application, the following day to both the student and parent emails that your application has been received.             
  • Be sure to check your spam/junk folder for both email addresses.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation email by the end of the following day, please email 21century@olatheschools.org

Click the following link to take you to the Application Instructions, Draft and Application Link document

On January 15, 2019, notifications will be emailed no earlier than 3:15pm to the email addresses provided in the online application (both student and parent).  Please give the system time to deliver the emails.
Please be sure to check your junk/spam folders in both emails.
Letters will also be mailed home via US postal service the evening before.

Students will receive one of three notifications:

  1. Invited
  2. Wait listed
  3. Not invited

If a student is invited, they are to either accept or decline the invitation and return the contract mailed to them via the US postal service or drop off at the appropriate high school office.

If a student is wait listed, an email will be sent to the addresses provided in the online application if slots become available.

If a student is not invited, the academy staff determined the academy was not a good fit for the student.  The student is encouraged to explore other high school options available to them at their home high school.

Application Help Sessions

If you/your student feel they need one-on-one help with the technology of the application process, there will be help sessions at the following dates and locations.  Staff and high school students will be on hand to help 8th grade students and parents understand the technology of applying online.

Students should come to the session with their Draft Application essays completed.  The sessions are to help with the technology portion of the application and making sure it goes through.  The sessions are NOT to assist in the actual writing the essays.

Dates/Locations

The help sessions have concluded.

If you are interested in exploring careers fields, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

The interview is an important part of the application process.  Here are some tips:

  1. Dress professionally.
    • A pair of slacks and a nice shirt is appropriate for both genders.
    • Pick our your outfit ahead of time to reduce stress on the day of the interview.
    • If you are in need of an outfit, check with your Middle School counselor as they may have a clothes closet with options available or they can help you find something to wear.
  2. Prepare.
    • If your middle school has mock interviews, sign up for them.
    • Practice answering your essay questions verbally.
    • Be able to speak about your area of interest with a passion
    • Be able to speak about any experiences you have had in your area of interest.
  3. Interview the academy
    • The interview is not just about the academy interviewing the student.  It is also about the student interviewing the academy to see if it is a good fit for the student.
    • Prepare questions for the academy staff regarding how the academy will benefit you and prepare you.