1. Applying to an academy does not obligate the student.
  2. Applying provides the student more time to gather information about the academy of their interest.
    Not applying closes the door.
  3. If there is any level of interest in an academy, it is recommended to apply.
    1. If during the application process the student changes their mind, they can withdraw their application.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  4. 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.

It important to prepare a DRAFT of your application. 

  • The online system will time out after approximately 15 minutes, and it does not notify you.  So, have your application prepared ahead of time.
  • 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 more Application information

Please read all the information on the following page before downloading the DRAFT document.

Click the following link to take you to the Application Instructions, Draft and more Application information

On January 17, 2020 notifications will be made available via a link for students to sign in.

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.

Once all acceptance is completed by Jan 22nd, letters will be mailed home with contracts and other important academy information via US postal service.  The contract must be signed and returned to the academy school via US postal service or by dropping off at the school’s front 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 (CTE and OATC).

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 out 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 for your future.

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