Advanced Placement Courses

Open Access Policy

The Olathe Public Schools support an Open Access philosophy. Open Access allows students desiring to take an advanced course offering, honors or Advanced Placement class, admission into that class. The Olathe district encourages each student to take the most challenging courses for which the student is capable. Student interests, abilities, goals, and past record of achievement should guide course selection.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) is an internationally recognized standard of academic excellence that provides the following benefits to students:

  • AP curricula have been successfully mastered by students who are hardworking and dedicated to excellence and typically rank in the upper 25 percent of their class.
  • AP can enhance a student's opportunities for scholarships and career possibilities.
  • AP can enhance the student's opportunities to receive admission into recognized universities and post-secondary programs.
  • AP can reduce college costs and the time required to obtain a degree by providing post-secondary credit for courses and examinations completed successfully in high school. AP exams are given in May and scored by the Educational Testing Service. Students are encouraged to take AP exams to demonstrate successful AP course completion.

NOTE: Each college or university determines which AP examination/score will be accepted.

Courses that may be taken for Advanced Placement are:

  • AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B
  • AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Statistics
  • AP United States History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP European History, AP Psychology
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP French, AP Spanish
  • AP Music Theory

Weighted Grades

Olathe high schools' grading system is reflective of a weighted grade system. The weighted grade system is used to determine all Olathe student honors and distinctions.

Students should see their counselor for specific information regarding computation of weighted grades.

College Now

Tenth-, 11th- and 12th-grade students have the opportunity to take academic courses which have been identified by the school district and Johnson County Community College as college-equivalent courses (College Now). All College Now students must have appropriate ACT or Compass test scores. (See your school counselor for more information.) Upon payment of specified tuition and fees and successful completion of the courses, college credit can be earned. Only students admitted to designated college equivalency courses can apply for this college credit option.

JCCC will charge an amount not to exceed that charged to any student as tuition for enrolling in similar campus-based courses. No additional charge beyond those authorized for high school rental fees and materials used for classroom activities will be made.

Enrollment information will be distributed in all high school courses designated as college credit classes. Note: Kansas Regents colleges will accept no more than 24 College Now credits earned in a high school setting. Contact your school counselor for more information.

The statute prohibits students from earning more than 24 credits via a concurrent enrollment partnership (CEP) program, defined as classes taught during the high school day by an approved high school instructor. Students can earn additional credits during high school via concurrent enrollment (CE or often called dual credit) by taking courses taught by attending the community college directly. This statute does not impact the number of credits that will transfer to a regent's school.