The A+ Schools Program Overview
The A+ Schools Program is a comprehensive program of curricular, instructional, and technological developments and
improvements designed to better meet the needs of all students, whether they plan to attend a traditional four-year college,
community college, vocational or technical school, or seek employment directly after graduation. It provides guidelines for extensive curricular development,
staff development, career guidance, interventions to address the needs of at-risk students, articulation agreements with post-secondary educational institutions,
and the development of applied courses that provide learning in a real-world context.
Goals of the A+ Schools Program
As outlined by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the three goals of the A+ Schools Program are as follows
- All students will graduate from high school.
- All students will complete a challenging course of high school studies with identified and measurable learning expectations.
- All students will proceed from high school graduation to college or post-secondary vocational/technical school, or high wage job with opportunities for skill development and advancement.
These three goals illustrate the basic purpose of the A+ Schools Program. The purpose of the program is to provide every student with the skills,
background, and support required for them to successfully become responsible, productive citizens after graduation.
All students will benefit from improved curriculum; more effective instructional techniques; clearly defined, measurable course expectations
and academic standards; extensive career exploration and guidance activities, and the development of a more focused graduation program.
Those students identified, as being at-risk of not graduating will also benefit from targeted interventions and increased support to help them achieve success.
Students meeting qualification requirements may also be eligible for 48 months of paid tuition and fees at Missouri community colleges and vocational/technical schools, provided the state legislature continues to approve funding for the A+ Scholarship.
To be eligible for the A+ Scholarship, a student must be certified as an A+ student by Van-Far R-I High School
To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a U. S. citizen, eligible non-citizen or lawfully present in the
- 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 10% (5 hours) may be job shadowing.
- 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 I end of course exam.
Your eligibility expires when the earliest of the following occurs:
- 48 months after completion of high school coursework.
- Completion of 105% of the following hours required for the program in which you are currently enrolled.
105% includes the following:
- All hours, including developmental/remedial hours, taken at the student's current institution.
- All known hours, including developmental/remedial hours, taken at any other A+ eligible institution.
- Hours taken at any non-eligible A+ institutiuon, including out-of-state institutions, that the student's current institution accepts in transfer.
105% excludes the following:
- Hours earned for work completed before high school graduation, including (but not limited to): dual credit, dual enrollment, technical education articulation, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate
- Receipt of an associate's degree.
Joy Davis, A+ Coordinator
573-594-6442 x 300