Coordinator: Kathleen Wells-Morgan
A+ Secretary: Terry Hargrove
PHONE: 573-214 – 3028 FAX: 573-214-3057
Eligible A+ Community Colleges and Vocational Technical Schools
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Students who graduate from a designated A+ School will qualify for state-paid tuition and books to attend any Missouri public community college or technical school in the state. To qualify, students must:
- Complete a written A+ Schools Agreement: LINK
- Attend a designated A+ high school for three consecutive years prior to graduation.
ATTENTION: Students who want to participate in Rotary or other foreign exchange programs must understand that to qualify for the A+ Program,they must attend an A+ School for 3 consecutive years prior to graduation. Attending school and earning credits in another country anytime during their sophomore through senior year would result in a disruption of the “3 consecutive years” requirement for the A+ Program. The exception would be if they participated in a foreign exchange programduring the summer. In this case, they would still be able to be considered an active student in Columbia Public Schools and would meet the “3 consecutive years” requirement.
- Earn a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in grades 9-12 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Maintain a 95 percent attendance record in grades 9-12
- Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring arranged through your school's A+ office (up to 12.5 hours can consist of job shadowing experiences).
- Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the use of alcohol and other unlawful drugs
- Earn a score of Proficient or higher on the Algebra 1 End of Course Assessment or achieve the minimum state required score on the ACT.
- Submit a Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) form prior to college entry.
- Have registered for Selective Service (male U.S. citizen over age 18).
Goals and Benefits
A+ Schools believes that all students should:
- Graduate from high school.
- Complete a selection of high school studies that is challenging and has identified learning expectations.
- Proceed from high school graduation to college or a postsecondary vocational/ technical school or a high-wage job with skill development opportunities.
Students planning to attend a four-year college or university will benefit from the A+ Schools program through:
- Graduates will be eligible for tuition to any Missouri public community college or vocational/ technical school
- Greater involvement of the business community through internships, job shadowing, and classroom presentations.
- Increased career path direction. Career and life planning will be enhanced through the development of four-year plans.
- Integration of technology into the curricula. Teachers and students will benefit from increased access to technology.
- Introduction of career-related activities into the curricula of all classes.
- Recent studies indicate that now, over 65% of all jobs require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree
- Even for students who choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree, beginning at a community college can provide an academic and financial head start
- Some 4-year colleges now offer their own scholarships for A+ students
- Local 4-year schools include:
- Truman State University
- William Woods University
What Should You Do Now?
- Encourage your child to think about careers and his/her future plans.
- Enroll in the A+ Program ~Encourage children to set goals.
- Realize that there are consequences for the choices that students make regarding grades, attendance and citizenship.
- Look at 2-year school opportunities or 4-year colleges that offer A+ Scholarships