FAQs

FAQ #4:    How do I enroll my child at USD 409? You can enroll your child at any of the schools in USD 409.  You will need to fill out paperwork so we can send off for your records if your child is coming from a different school outside of the USD 409 district.  Completing this paperwork should take between 15-20 minutes. Our counselors or office staff can assist you in answering any of the questions on the forms.  You will also be asked to complete any other paperwork at that time, such as our Acceptable Use Policy and Free/Reduced Lunch Forms. Students will be put into our system as soon as we have records from the previous school.  This entire process should take no more than 1-2 days. When a child enrolls at school they will be assessed a technology and textbook fee. These fees are prorated depending on what time of the year your child enrolls. At Atchison High School and Atchison Middle School, they could be additional fees such as activity/athletic fees and class fees such as Woodworking and Art. Students will be given a tour of the school by either a counselor or at AHS, students often give tours. Parents are welcome to attend as well. If at any time you have questions about enrollment, please do not hesitate to contact each building’s secretaries, counselors or administrators.

FAQ #3.  When and Where are Board Meetings Held?
Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month.  They start at
7:00pm and usually run around 2 hours on the average.  Below you can see a list of meetings dates for this year and where they will be held at:

Date of Board Meeting

Place of Board Meeting

December 10

Central School

January 14

Board of Education Office

February 11

Atchison Middle School

March 11

Board of Education Office

April 8

Atchison High School

May 13

Board of Education Office

June 10

Board of Education Office



FAQ #2.  How can I get involved in the school?
ways to get involved


FAQ #1.  Can my child/guardian graduate early?
Yes, students can graduate 1 semester to 1 year early.  There are specific expectations that a student must follow to be able to graduate early.  Here are the policies to do this?

Graduating One Semester Early
Deadline to apply for one semester early graduation the beginning of the second semester of the student’s junior year. See Board of Education Policy JFCA for application requirements.
1.  Student must meet with counselors to create a step by step list of when classes are due.
2.  The student is eligible to participate in all senior graduation activities. 
3.  The student is eligible to participate in prom.
4.  The diploma will be issued at the close of the semester the student graduates. If the student is participating in the graduation ceremony, an empty folder will be issued.
5.  Transcript may be issued at any point.
6.  The student is responsible for monitoring the schedule of senior graduation activities, and communicating with school administrators regarding participation.
7.  College preparation classes may be taken in a virtual platform. The student is responsible to work with teachers 21 regarding rigor to ensure college readiness.
8.  The student must take all appropriate Kansas Assessments and achieve an appropriate score that indicates that the student is on track to being college ready in each required area.
9.  The student must take an appropriate post-secondary exam (i.e., ACT, SAT, or ASSET) and achieve a score of “College Readiness” in each required area.

Graduating One Year Early
1.  Deadline to apply for one year early graduation is the beginning of the second semester of the student’s 9th-grade year. See Board of Education Policy JFCA for application requirements.
2.  Student must meet with counselors to create a step by step list of when classes are due.
3.  Student is eligible to participate in prom only in the year he/she graduates.
4.  Student is eligible to participate in senior graduation activities only in the year he/she graduates.
5.  Diploma will be issued at the close of the semester the student graduates.
6.  Transcript may be issued at any point.
7.  A virtual platform may be used only for elective classes.
8.  The student must take all appropriate Kansas Assessments and achieve an appropriate score that indicates that the student is on track to being college ready in each required area.
9.  The student must take an appropriate post-secondary exam (i.e., ACT, SAT, or ASSET) and achieve a score of “College Readiness” in each required area.




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