If You’re in 8th Grade


 If you’re in 8th grade, these guidelines for enrollment will be helpful:
The Olathe Public Schools eAcademy is the district’s online virtual program offering a limited selection of initial-credit courses for Olathe students.  eAcademy largely serves students needing scheduling flexibility, although there are numerous reasons that students may choose online options.  Students are required to work with their high school counselor on a four-year plan of study and obtain their high school counselor’s permission to enroll.

Students leaving 8th grade and entering high school specialty programs such as Distinguished Scholars and 21st Century Academies may determine they have a scheduling issue their freshman year and may consider online 9th grade Modern World Studies or online 9th-grade Physical Education Concepts/Health Education as a solution.  However, students will not enroll in online course work the summer between 8th and 9th grade.  Students typically do not yet possess the required computer management skills that they will gain in their first year of high school and many students do not earn the desired course grade, which is frustrating.

Enrollment during the freshman year is possible.  However, the most successful students begin online courses the summer after their freshman year and continue during their sophomore year or the following summer.  It is false that a student must have all freshman courses completed before starting their sophomore year.  It is also false that online PE is the only course option for freshman year scheduling issues. 

Students and parents should check the eAcademy website for courses, program requirements, enrollment information, etc.  Then if a student feels that taking an online course might be a needed solution, they must meet with their high school counselor to begin the review and permission process.  Students entering 21st Century Programs will first meet with their 21st Century Program advisor to work on the plan and then visit with their counselor.

At the current time there, is no fee for eAcademy online courses taken during the fall semester or spring semester, while the summer school fee is charged for summer enrollment. 

Students needing additional information should consult the eAcademy website and their high school counselor.  Further information can be obtained by emailing or calling the eAcademy office.

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Written By: Randy Warner Date posted: February 9, 2017