Planning For College


The Kansas Board of Regents has established curricular standards for students wishing to enroll in a Board of Regents university or obtain a state-sponsored scholarship. See page 80 of this planning guide for more information regarding the qualified admission standards for high school graduates beginning academic year 2015-2016 and beyond. Students should see their counselor for more detailed information or consult the Regent’s website:

Eligibility for Kansas State Scholarship

State scholarship applicants will be designated as a State Scholar during their senior year of high school. To be designated, a student must have taken the ACT by the end of December of senior year and complete the Kansas Scholars curriculum which includes 4 years of English, 4 years of math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and 1 unit of advanced math), 3 years of science (biology, chemistry, and physics), 3 years of social studies, and 2 years of world language. Designation is based on an index combining the ACT composite score and GPA. Applicants must complete the FAFSA. Awards are based on financial need.


Shawnee Mission high school students have the opportunity to take academic courses in high school which have been identified by the district, Johnson County Community College (JCCC), and Baker University as concurrent credit courses. Upon payment of specified tuition and fees and upon successful completion of the courses, bona fide college credit can be earned.

Only students admitted to designated college courses can apply for this special dual credit option. JCCC College Now and Baker University enrollment materials are distributed in the appropriate high school courses during the first 3 weeks of each semester.

JCCC and Baker University 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. Tuition is subject to change.


Students enrolled in JCCC College Now must meet all the JCCC prerequisites for college enrollment. Consult your school counselor for more information about the enrollment prerequisites.


Shawnee Mission high school juniors or seniors may, with district approval, enroll in courses in local colleges and universities in the traditional Quick Step program. Quick Step courses are not eligible for dual credit as honors courses. Interested students must have a minimum of 15 units of cred- it to be considered for application. Quick Step courses are generally held on the college campus. See the counselors in the student services offices for enrollment information.


The district offers two college clinic nights each fall. The clinic at SM East gives parents and students an opportunity to visit with representatives from more than 250 colleges. The clinic at SM Northwest provides in-depth information on financial assistance for college.


Those students anticipating enrollment in highly selective private or public colleges or universities should investigate the specific requirements of those colleges or universities and make appropriate course and activity selections.


The Kansas Board of Regents has established a qualified admissions program for Kansas Regents colleges.


Career Pathways Advanced Standing Credit is a program that articulates high school classes to JCCC credit for no cost to the student. To determine if your school participates and which classes may be eligible, please refer to the JCCC website:, which illustrates the current classes offered. This listing may be updated for future course standing at the determination of JCCC.

This credit is subject to the following guidelines:

Student Responsibilities:

  •  An application for admission to JCCC and a final high school transcript must be on file with the JCCC Admissions Office.
  •  Students must be currently enrolled or have completed at least one JCCC credit course in order to receive the credit.
  •  2014 graduates and potentially beyond must have a “B” or above in the Advanced Standing Credit high school courses. For 2011, 2012 and 2013 graduates, a passing grade is required.
  •  Beginning fall 2014, students may apply for Advanced Standing Credit for up to two (2) years after their high school graduation.
JCC Responsibilities:

The credit will be posted on the JCCC official transcript as Advanced Standing Credit by the Records Office. The grade will be posted as “P” on the JCCC official transcript.
Credits may not apply toward the JCCC residency requirement for graduation.
Students may earn a maximum of 30 hours of credit through nontraditional means.

There is no expectation/guarantee of transferability of these courses. Transferability of these credits is determined by each college or university.


A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities. The 16 Career Clusters organize academic and occupational knowledge and skills into a coherent course sequence and identify pathways from secondary schools to two and four-year colleges, graduate schools, and the workplace. Students learn in school about what they can do in the future. This connection to future goals motivates students to work harder and enroll in more rigorous courses.

As a high school student, you will have the opportunity to take a focused course of study including mathematics, science, technology, communication, workplace skills and career development. The courses are designed and delivered in ways that emphasize application of knowledge and skills.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a career plan
  • Identify an educational plan to reach career goals
  • Take sequenced courses that build higher level skills
  • Get an early start on a college certificate or associate’s degree
  • Become better prepared for the workplace of the 21st century
  • Articulate with post-secondary schools