• Middle school students in the 8th grade who accept admission into a 21st Century Academy at a high school outside of their attendance feeder pattern are automatically granted a transfer to, and athletic eligibility at, the high school where their academy is located.  Beginning with the class of 2026, entering high school in the fall of 2022, transfer students that withdraw from an academy will be subject to the guidelines and eligibility for athletics. 

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KSHSAA Eligibility Impact

  • Middle school students in the 8th grade who accept admission into a 21st Century Academy at a high school outside of their attendance feeder pattern will be subject to the following expectations regarding eligibility for KSHSAA extracurricular activities.

    Upon entering high school, the student will have full eligibility for all KSHSAA activities per Rule 18: “A senior high student is eligible under the Transfer Rule at any senior high school he or she may choose to attend when senior high school is entered for the first time at the beginning of the school year.”

    If a student attends a high school outside of their attendance feeder pattern for the purpose of participation in an Olathe Schools 21st Century Academy, they will be subject to following expectations and the impact on eligibility if enrollment in the 21st Century Academy ceases:

    • Any student who is in their freshman or sophomore year and withdraws from, or is dropped from enrollment in a 21st Century Academy, the district will initiate a transfer back to the home school at the time of the drop or the next semester.
      • Eligibility for all KSHSAA activities will be reviewed by the district based on various factors and will be determined in accordance with KSHSAA Rule 18, Section 1; Article 5: “Students who transfer from one attendance center to another within the same unified district (USD) when initiated by the school, may be declared eligible without a move on the part of the parents, provided policies on such transfers are clearly defined in board of education policy and provided both principals approve the “special” transfer.”

    • Any student who is in their junior or senior year and withdraws from, or is dropped from enrollment in a 21st Century Academy will be permitted to remain at the high school of original enrollment. However, if a transfer occurs, the following process will be initiated.
      • If any 21st Century student in their junior or senior year applies to transfer back to their home school or any other high school in the district without a bona fide move to that attendance area will be subject to limited eligibility at the new school based on KSHSAA Rule 18: “A student is ineligible if the student changes schools without an accompanying move on the part of their parents for one calendar year.” This transfer will not be district-initiated and will be considered a parent-initiated tranfer request. If approved, limited eligibility for non-varsity activities can be granted, provided all academic requirements have been met.