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The All Star High School program, launched in 2022, extends the Apply Kansas mission to enhance college access by guiding students through the application process. Students in these schools receive support in completing admissions applications, seeking financial aid, and celebrating all postsecondary paths. This ongoing series of events, sustained year after year, cultivates a college-going atmosphere throughout the entire school community.

2024 Kansas All Star High Schools

 
High School City High School City High School City
Altoona-Midway High School Buffalo Greenbush Virtual Academy Lawrence Ottawa High School Ottawa
Andover Central High School Andover Halstead High School Halstead Paola High School Paola
Andover High School Andover Hanover High School Hanover Parsons High School Parsons
Ashland High School Ashland Hayden Catholic High School Topeka Peabody-Burns High School Peabody
Atchison High School Atchison Hiawatha High School Hiawatha Pike Valley High School Scandia
Augusta High School Augusta Highland Park High School Topeka Pratt High School  Pratt
Baldwin High School Baldwin City Hodgeman County High School Jetmore Quinter High School Quinter
Basehor-Linwood High School Basehor Hoisington HIgh School Hoisington Rolla Jr/Sr High School Rolla
Beloit Jr./Sr. High School Beloit Hope High School  Hope Rossville Jr/Sr High School Rossville
Blue Valley High School (Randolph) Randolph Hoxie High School Hoxie Royal Valley High School Hoyt
Bucklin High School Bucklin Hugoton High School Hugoton Russell High School Russell
Burlingame Jr./Sr. High Burlingame Humboldt High School Humboldt Sabetha High School Sabetha
Burlington High School Burlington Jackson Heights High School Holton Salina South HIgh School Salina
Campus High School Wichita JC Harmon High School Kansas City Satanta Jr/Sr High School Satanta
Caney Valley High School Caney Kinsley Junior Senior High School  Kinsley Scott Community High School Scott City
Cedar Vale High School Cedar Vale Kiowa County High School Greensburg Sedan High School Sedan
Chanute High School Chanute La Crosse High School La Crosse Sedgwick High School Sedgwick
Chase County Jr/Sr High School Cottonwood Falls Labette County High School Altamont Shawnee Heights High School Tecumseh
Cheney High School Cheney Lakin High School Lakin Shawnee Mission North High School Overland Park
Circle High School Towanda Lebo High School Lebo Shawnee Mission Northwest High School Shawnee
Clay Center Community High School Clay Center Liberal High School Liberal Shawnee Mission South High School Overland Park
Clifton-Clyde High School Clyde Linn High School Linn Shawnee Mission West High School Overland Park
Colby High School Colby Lyndon High School Lyndon Skyline High School Pratt
Complete High School Maize Macksville High School Macksville Smoky Valley High School Lindsborg
Concordia Jr Sr High School Concordia Maize High School Maize Southeast High School (Cherokee) Cherokee
Council Grove High School Council Grove Maize South High School Wichita St. John High School St. John
Deerfield High School Deerfield Marais des Cygnes Valley Melvern St. Marys Jr Sr High School St. Marys
Dighton High School Dighton McPherson High School McPherson Stafford High School Stafford
Dodge City High School Dodge City Meade High School Meade Sterling High School Sterling
Doniphan West High School Highland MInneapolis High School Minneapolis Sublette High School Sublette
Douglass High School Douglass Minneola High School Minneola Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences Kansas City
Eisenhower High School Goddard Mission Valley Jr/Sr High School Eskridge Syracuse High School Syracuse
El Dorado High School El Dorado Moscow High School Moscow Thomas More Prep-Marian High School Hays
Ellinwood High School  Ellinwood Mulvane High School Mulvane Topeka High School Topeka
Ellis High School Ellis Nemaha Central High School Seneca Topeka West High School Topeka
Ell-Saline High School Brookville Neodesha High School Neodesha Ulysses High School  Ulysses
Emporia High School Emporia Ness City High School Ness City Valley Center High School Valley Center
Erie High School Erie Newton High School Newton Victoria High School Victoria
Eureka Jr Sr High School Eureka Northeast High School Arma Wakefield High School Wakefield
FL Schlagle High School Kansas City Northeast Magnet High School Bel Aire Washburn Rural High School Topeka
Flinthills High School Rosalia Norwich High School Norwich Washington High School Kansas City
Fort Scott High School Fort Scott Olathe East High School Olathe Waverly High School Waverly
Fredonia High School Fredonia Olathe North High School Olathe White City High School  White City
Frontenac High School Frontenac Olathe Northwest High School Olathe Wichita County Jr/Sr High School Leoti
Garden City High School Garden City Olathe South High School Olathe Wichita High School East Wichita
Gardner Edgerton High School Gardner Olathe West High School Olathe Wichita High School Heights Wichita
Goodland High School Goodland Osage City High School Osage City Wichita High School South Wichita
Great Bend High School Great Bend Oskaloosa High School Oskaloosa Wichita High School West Wichita
Greeley County High School Tribune Oswego Jr./Sr. High School Oswego Wichita North High School Wichita
        Wyandotte High School Kansas City

Map of 2024 All Star High Schools

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Becoming an All Star High School is EASY!

1. Host an Apply Kansas Event

Register as an Apply Kansas School

Host your Application Event

2. Submit your Apply Kansas Summary Data (due annually Mid November)

3. Sponsor or collaborate on a FAFSA Completion Event (typically between Oct-Feb)

(2023/2024 Timeline will be different due to delayed FAFSA Opening)

Plan an event where students & parents can start on the FAFSA application together

Event should provide support to answer specific, confidential questions for families. Financial Aid officers and Admissions representatives from local institutions are often good resources and willing to come help.

FAFSA events can be held at the high school, but can also be held at higher education institutions or other community locations if you are joining together with other high schools.

Be aware of shift work, first generation, undocumented students and other underserved populations. Try to create an event at times and in locations that meets the needs of your underserved community members.

If you host a FAFSA event in the fall, consider doing something again in Jan-Feb. Many students who would benefit most from the FAFSA aren't always ready to apply in the fall. Follow up encouragement and support in the new year might be just what some students need to finalize those postsecondary plans

4. Host a Senior Signing Day Event (around May 1)

This event should celebrate the decisions and different pathways for your seniors.

It can be as big or small as you want to make it. (Some schools make it actual signing event for all seniors and invite different colleges, and some incorporate announcing the plans of all seniors into their Honors and Awards ceremony. Creating a bulletin board, banner, poster activity, t-shirt day are all some of the many great ways you can celebrate your seniors' plans) See the link in the resources below.

Whatever you plan, consider how it will look for students planning to go to work or other placements. If you are announcing college placements, how will you announce the job placements? If you do a t-shirt day, will all students be able to participate? You might have to get creative with some of the non-traditional pathways. 

Consider if you can share these pathways with your underclassmen. Can you hang the banner or bulletin board for the school community to see? Are underclassmen invited to your award ceremony. By celebrating every senior, you give all of your students an opportunity to consider a post-secondary path outside of what they already know. 

5. Complete the All Star Survey (in April) from Mistie Knox to describe your three events

 RESOURCES

Financial Aid Resources

Hosting a FAFSA Event Webinar

College Signing Day National Resource Website

Google Doc with College Signing Day Photos & Ideas (add your ideas to share here!)

BANNER

Each All Star High School will receive a certificate and vinyl banner to display at school (photo 1). Each year after that, award winning schools will receive a certificate and star sticker to add to their banner, indicating multiple award winning years (photo 2).

Year #1: Banner

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Year #2-5: Sticker

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CONTACT

For more information:

Mistie Knox, Associate Director, Academic Affairs

Apply Kansas State Coordinator

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