What is the A+ Schools Program?
The A+ Schools Program was established by the Missouri Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. It provides incentives for students to maintain good grades and citizenship to qualify for two years of free tuition to Missouri public community colleges and vocational schools. There are also possible scholarships to various Missouri four-year universities!
How does a student qualify for this program?
High Schools are required to establish specific guidelines and policies to meet the requirements of the program. Students may enroll in the A+ Program as early as 9th grade. The students and their parents must sign an A+ Student Agreement. Other mandatory requirements to qualify for the program are outlined below.
Students in the A+ Program must maintain a 95% attendance record for grades 9-12. Students must attend a designated A+ School (such as North Daviess R-III High School) for three consecutive years prior to graduation. Students who graduate early are not eligible for A+ incentives. A student whose attendance drops below 95% may submit an appeal, in writing, to the A+ Coordinator.
A record of good citizenship and avoidance of the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol is required to maintain A+ eligibility and any student who violates this requirement will automatically be denied A+ incentives.
Students must display character and conduct that reflects positively on both themselves and on their school and follow NDR3 District policies of conduct.
The A+ Program requires that students have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale at graduation. This GPA is
cumulative from 9th through 12th grade. The student must also score Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I EOC.
All A+ Seniors must show a good faith effort to secure all available federal post- secondary student financial assistance.
Parents of the student must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA information must be sent to the college or technical/vocational school that the student is planning to attend.
The FAFSA application is available in the Counselor’s office in December of the school year of graduation or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Proof of application must be provided to the A+ Coordinator by April 15 of the year of graduation.
Students enrolled in the A+ Program are required to perform 50 hours of unpaid academic tutoring. The student must sign a tutoring agreement prior to tutoring.
The A+ student must have, and maintain, at least a 2.5 GPA to qualify to tutor.
All tutoring must be pre-approved by the A+ Coordinator. Tutoring may be done before, during, or after school. A+ seniors must have all tutoring hours completed at least two weeks prior to graduation.
Students must follow all school dress and conduct codes while tutoring. Failure to follow the tutoring procedures may result in dismissal from the A+ Program.
All male students reaching the age of 18 must register for Selective Service within 60 days of their 18th birthday.
When can I sign up for the A+ Program?
There is no specific time but students can sign up as early as 9th grade. You should realize that you will need enough time to meet all of the requirements – including the 50 hours of tutoring/mentoring.
How long are A+ funds available?
The A+ incentive funds are available to eligible students for two years of approved community college or technical/vocational training occurring within four years of your high school graduation.
The cost of tuition and fees for full-time enrollment is covered. (Special or program fees, dues, tools, etc. are not covered.)
What must I do to retain my eligibility in community college or technical school?
You must be enrolled as a full-time student (which means enrolling in at least 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters) and maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
What college/technical schools participate?
All Missouri public community colleges and technical/vocational schools participate.
Do four-year colleges offer A+ incentive?
While they do not participate in this program, many now offer scholarship incentives to A+ qualified applicants.
After a certified A+ student graduates from North Daviess R-III High School, he or she has a four-year window of opportunity in which to take advantage of the financial incentives offered through the Missouri A+ Program.
A student who participates must enroll and attend school at a public Missouri community college or technical/vocational school on a full time basis – a minimum of 12 hours per fall and winter semester.
The student must also maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 grade scale.
A completed FAFSA must also be submitted for each year the student is enrolled in a Missouri community college or public technical/vocational school.
For Further Information Please Contact:
Mrs. Louise Bird, Counselor
& A+ Coordinator