What is the Step Up Program?
Step Up is the Olathe Public Schools’ tuition-free diploma completion program for adults (over 18) whose high school classes have previously graduated; adults with GED certificates are also welcome. Step Up students range from teenagers to retirees!
Step Up is a self-paced online program that is flexible for students with jobs and families. It is fully-aligned with Kansas curriculum standards, and is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education or for direct job placement / advancement.
Once Step Up students complete their required credits, they receive Olathe Public Schools diplomas at a traditional graduation ceremony the following May.
It is never too late to achieve your educational goal to be a high school graduate!
How To Participate in Step Up
Step 1 – Request your Records
The link below will take you to an online signup form that authorizes Step Up to request your academic records from your previous high school(s) so the staff may know what classes / credits you need to complete your diploma.
Step 2 – Enrollment
The Kansas State Department of Education requires students to spend two 6½-hour enrollment days in the Step Up computer lab every school year. Use the link below to select your days.
Prior to your enrollment days, the staff will email you links to do the following:
- Complete an online enrollment form;
- Watch two 10-minute orientation and training videos and complete accompanying worksheets;
- Take an online assessment test that measures your English and math skills; and
- Write your story in an online portal.
Step Up will enroll you in one online class at a time. You will begin your first class on your first enrollment day. Each class should take about one month to complete.
At the end of your first enrollment day, you will confirm your second 6½-hour enrollment day, and you may continue working on your online class independently from home or in Step Up’s teacher-supported computer lab.
Step Up enrollment for the 2021-22 school year in now open!
Step Up hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The program is based at the Mill Creek Campus, 300 E. Loula Street, in downtown Olathe, Kansas.
Program administrators are available at 913-780-7880 or by emailing StepUp@olatheschools.org.