The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, December 19th at 5pm.

Helpful Hint:  Chrome and Firefox are the best browsers to use for the online application.  If Internet Explorer is the only option, please clear the cache/cookies files.

Dear Student and Parent,

We are excited that you are interested in a 21st Century Academy as a potential option for your high school education.  The application is entirely online.  You must finish the entire application in one session and in less than 20 minutes.  You CANNOT answer some of the questions, save the application, and return to finish it later.

Practice/Draft Application: 

We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE students to use the Practice Application and write all of their answers in a Word document before beginning the Online Application.  We also recommend that students ask a parent or teacher to read their answers and use the adults’ feedback to revise their answers.  Each answer should be the best writing the student can produce, so students are encouraged to us the writing strategies they have learned in their English Language Arts classes.

For the teacher recommendations, students ask their teachers for permission to use them as a reference before submitting their names and email addresses in the application.  If a student does not remember a teacher’s name, they can look it up on StudentVue under “schedule.”

If you are applying for Distinguished Scholars, there is an additional required essay question.  There is not a space in the practice application for this answer, but should be written ahead of time in the same manner as the other questions and ready to copy and paste into the Online Application.

WARNING:  If you do not have your essay answers ready to copy and paste into the online application, you risk losing your submission.  Not preparing your essay answers ahead of time may result in the Online Application not being received because it will timeout before essay answers can be thoughtfully and completely written.

Click the link for the practice application  21st-Century-Academies-Practice Application (PDF Fillable Form):

Distinguished Scholars Essay QuestionDistinguished Scholars Additional Essay 2017


  • Any current 8th grader can apply that lives within the Olathe Public Schools boundaries.
  • Students may apply to 1 or 2 academies
  • Application Deadline is December 8th at 5:00pm
  • All academies announce (invites, wait list, not invited) on January 26, 2018 at 3:15 via email.  A letter will also be mailed.
  • Invitees accept or decline the invitation by February 1, 2018
  • Wait list students will be extended an invitation pending available spots as soon as they become available and should accept or decline as soon as possible so final lists can be completed by February 8, 2018.

Application Help Sessions

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


Technology Support Center – lab room
14250 Black Bob Rd. Olathe Kansas 66062
Monday,  November 13, 2017
6-8 pm

Santa Fe Trail Middle School – computer lab
1100 N. Ridgeview Rd. Olathe Kansas 66061
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
6-8 pm

Prairie Trail Middle School – computer lab
21600 W. 107th St. Olathe Kansas 66061
Thurs Nov 30    6-8 pm

Oregon Trail Middle School – room 109
1800 W. Dennis Ave. Olathe Kansas 66061
Monday,  December 4, 2017
6-8 pm

Helpful Hint:  Chrome and Firefox are the best browsers to use for the online application.  If Internet Explorer is the only option, please clear the cache/cookies files.

Online Application

Essay question answers should be ready to copy and paste into the online application.

  • Applications are NOT “first-come, first-served” and there is NO time stamp.
  • You will receive a confirmation email 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

On January 26, 2017, notifications will be emailed at 3:15pm.
Please be sure to check your junk/spam folders.
Letters will also be mailed home.

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.

If a student is wait listed, they will be notified if slots become available.