The Outstanding Schools Act of 1993 established the Missouri A+ tuition grant incentive for Missouri public secondary schools demonstrating educational commitment through school programs designed to ensure:
- All students will graduate from high school;
- All students will complete a challenging selection of studies by satisfying the established learning expectations; and
- All students will proceed from high school graduation to college, or to vocational/technical training or to a job that provides opportunities for advanced skill development.
The A+ Program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools.
Because eligibility and funding guidelines may change, please refer to the following website for the most current information. http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php
- 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.
- Graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.
- Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing.
- Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Achieve a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I, II or Geometry End of Course exam or a higher level DESE approved end-of-course exam in the field of mathematics.
Benefits to completing the A+ Program
- Students may receive scholarship funds that cover tuition and general fees at the above mentioned schools. (Please refer to school of choice for post-secondary guidelines to assure continued eligibility)
- Some four year colleges/universities offer scholarship money for students who complete the A+ Program
- Students seeking general scholarships for any college will be able to add the A+ Program to their resume
For more information please refer to the A+ Manual found on the district website. You may also contact the A+ Coordinator with any questions.