Academic and Grading Information
A+ Schools Program
In an effort to enhance educational opportunities for high school students, the Missouri Legislature established the A+ Schools Program as part of the Outstanding Schools Act (Senate Bill 380) of 1993. Graduates who qualify may be eligible to receive financial assistance with tuition and fees to any public community college, vocational, or technical school in the state of Missouri, contingent upon continued funding by the Missouri Legislature.
The A+ financial incentive is dependent upon state appropriation from the Missouri General Assembly. This financial incentive will be for the unpaid balance after federal post-secondary financial assistance funds (that do not require repayment) have been applied to college expenses.
In order to be eligible for the A+ Program, students must:
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or lawfully present in the U.S.
- Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.
- Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 consecutive years immediately prior to graduation.1
- Graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Have at least 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.
- Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring.
- Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Beginning with the high school senior class of 2015, have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra 1 end of course exam.2
1 If one of your parents is a member of the military on active duty or has retired from the military and relocated to Missouri within one year of their retirement you are exempt from this requirement. However, you must attend an A+ designated high school in the school year immediately preceding graduation and meet all of the other high school eligibility requirements.
2 Beginning in 2015, if you meet all of the eligibility requirements, except the end of course exam requirement, you may establish eligibility by achieving a qualifying score on the Accuplacer exam published by ACT, Inc. or the mathematics component of the ACT test. You may achieve the qualifying score as a high school or postsecondary student. If you achieve the score as a postsecondary student you may be eligible for an award in the same term that you take the test. The MDHE will announce the qualifying Accuplacer and ACT scores annually. The following table displays the qualifying scores for the 2015 high school seniors.
ACT Math Subscore
Note: If you have already received an associate degree or baccalaureate degree you are not eligible for the A+ scholarship program.
Further, to maintain eligibility after graduation, the student must meet the following criteria:
- Enroll and attend full-time at a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or private two-year vocational/technical school.
- Be seeking a degree or certification at the school in which you are enrolled.
- Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.
- Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are attending a school that does not participate in Title IV programs you must complete the FAFSA4caster, which is a tool for estimating your level of need for federal financial aid.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school, including the school’s established grade point average requirement.
A+ Program participants are expected to be good citizens at school and in the community. A good citizen maximizes his/her educational opportunities and recognizes and accepts responsibility in and beyond the school environment. Each disciplinary referral that results in an in-school or out-of-school suspension takes away from good citizen status. Students may, for good cause, appeal their dismissal through the A+ Review Committee.
The accumulation of 50 points at any time during an A+ student’s high school career will result in the revocation of the participant’s good citizen status and the participant’s removal from the A+ Program.
- In-school suspensions will result in a one-point penalty for each hour/block of suspensions (accumulating up to four points (4) per day).
- Out-of-school suspensions will result in a five (5) point penalty for each day assigned.
Immediate withdrawal from the A+ program will result from any of the following actions:
- Involvement in a Class IV infraction based on the KCPS Code of Student Conduct.
- Involvement (possession, manufacture, transportation, use, sale or distribution) of illegal drugs/alcohol
- Falsification of A+ documentation