Signature Programs

Shawnee Mission Signature Programs provide high school students the opportunity to explore unique areas of study in preparation for specialized academic and future career opportunities. Students participating in Signature Programs receive targeted instruction that is both rigorous and relevant. These specialized programs reflect our district’s commitment to providing quality educational opportunities that will enable students to be successful in 21st century careers. For additional details and enrollment information, please complete and submit the Interest Request Form.  The Signature Program Teacher will contact you.

Both the Center for Academic Achievement and Career and Technical Campus welcome business and community contacts that will enrich our student's in experiential, real-world learning.  Discover what we do.  Create new and innovative opportunities for teaching and learning. Connect with faculty and staff.  Engage in helping grow the future for our learners. 

The Center for Academic Achievement serves as an innovative, experiential learning campus for students enrolled in Signature Programs. Opened in the Fall of 2017, the Center serves as a unique campus serving students in Signature Career and Technical programs while also supporting the administrative offices for the Board of Education and District administration.

Signature Programs housed at the Center for Academic Achievement:

The Center also serves as the home to the Broadmoor Urban Farm, a unique urban farm concept initiated by the students and faculty in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality program.  Students and the community benefit from the Farm to Table experience where students cultivate fresh food to be included into the Shawnee Mission School District's award winning Broadmoor Bistro.

The Career and Technical Campus, opening in early 2019, will serve the Project Blue Eagle program. Students can explore four career paths - law enforcement, firefighting, EMT and the legal profession. Courses introduce students to basic law; the history of each of the four professional areas; an explanation of how each professional area works, the requirements, their compensation; and all of the information necessary for a student to consider moving towards this career path. Students will work with a real ambulance and firetruck owned by the district. 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, offered at Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission North, and Shawnee Mission Northwest, is an internationally recognized curriculum which provides the knowledge and critical-thinking skills students require to compete in a global context. The IB learner profile includes students who are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. Students successfully completing their studies and exams across six subject groups, Theory of Knowledge (TOK), creativity, action, service (CAS), and the extended essay earn a second diploma that is recognized internationally.  More than 1,228,000 students worldwide, participate in IB programs.  The program is offered in more than 3,914 public and private schools in more than 146 countries around the world. Of those, 1,808 programs are in the United States, and only eight are in Kansas. Nearly half of the state's IB Diploma programs are in Shawnee Mission.Discover. Create. Connect. Engage.