College and Career Readiness High School Options
Planning for high school is an exciting time in students’ lives. In Olathe, our vision statement is “Preparing Students for THEIR Future” and this includes an individualized approach and student choice as we ensure our students are college and career ready. Students can choose to be a part of the comprehensive high school, including a variety of Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways. They may apply to a CTE pathway program at the Olathe Advanced Technical Center during their junior and senior years. Or, they may apply to one of our 15 four-year specialized 21st Century Academies. All of these options focus on today’s high demand career fields and help prepare students for the world of work by combining student interest with student learning through hands-on experiences, industry standard resources, and real-world partnerships fusing academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary for future careers.
If you were unable to attend one of the high school options presentations, please review the PowerPoint presentation (in English) with notes in PDF format. A Spanish version is also available online.
Career Technical Education (CTE) courses are part of the district’s comprehensive high school curriculum. Olathe offers a variety of different Career and Technical Education pathways for students to explore and expand their knowledge and technical skills to prepare for postsecondary and careers. Currently, Olathe has 21 different CTE pathway / strands, most of which are offered as part of the comprehensive offering at all high schools. Additionally, 10 of the 15 21st Century Academies are affiliated with a CTE pathway and five pathways are offered through Olathe Advanced Technical Center.
The Olathe Public Schools offers 15 unique and innovative 21st Century Academies for high school students. These academies are housed within the district’s high schools. These innovative, four-year programs allow students to build upon their interests and learn specific knowledge and skills they can apply toward their post-secondary experiences and career fields. The district has a long history of innovative 21st Century Academies, dating back to 2003. Academies include: Animal Health, BIOengineering, Business Finance, Civic Leadership, Computer Science, Design, Distinguished Scholars, e-Communication, Engineering, Future Educators, Geoscience, Green Tech, Medical Professions, Public Safety, and Sports Medicine and Exercise Science.
The Olathe Advanced Technical Center (OATC) offers two-year programs to students in the areas of Auto Collision, Auto Technology, Construction Trades, Culinary Arts, Health Care and Nursing, and Welding. These programs help prepare students for high-demand career fields and advanced post-secondary learning opportunities.