Innovation is the cornerstones of the Olathe Public Schools’ 21st Century Academies.
While the 21st Century Academies have been a part of Olathe high schools since the fall of 2003, student needs, teachers and career opportunities have evolved over time.
The district launched a re-branding initiative to keep up with these changes that included a new 21st Century Academy logo, an offering of new academies, a new website and student application process, individual logos for each program, and taglines to further describe each focus. The process of re-branding started in the fall of 2015 and is continuing this year.
“We felt it was important for us to review, refresh, and refocus on these amazing options available to our high school students,” Deputy Superintendent Banikowski said. “With the opening of our fifth high school, which will house two of our new 21st Century academies, it was a perfect time for us to undergo a recalibration of our programs.”
The 15 academies are located at various high schools throughout the district and are open to applications from current eighth- and ninth-graders.