Missouri's Outstanding Schools Act of 1993 established provisions for the implementation of a grant award program to institute A+ Schools and improve the education of high school students within the State of Missouri. Beginning in 1994, the A+ Schools Program has provided grant awards to Missouri's public school districts that demonstrate a commitment to ensure that the Program's goals are met in their high schools.
High schools that apply for the A+ status must outline a plan that includes innovative activities to make progress toward achieving these three goals. Activities include: building partnerships that include the high school, post-secondary school, businesses, industries, community organizations, parents, and students; providing students with the motivation, skills, and knowledge to graduate from high school; integrating academic and vocational learning; and preparing students to select a career path focus and a program of study designed to meet academic standards established by the local school district.
The Cole County R-I School District received official A+ Schools designation in 2009. The students graduating from Cole County R-I High School in 2009 and each succeeding year are eligible to participate in the A+ Schools Financial Incentive Program. The funding for the financial incentives is dependent upon Cole County R-I High School maintaining its A+ Schools status and the availability of state appropriations from the Missouri General Assembly.
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.
For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship Website
Requirements for Reimbursement:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Enter a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.
- Attend a designated A+ high school for three consecutive years prior to high school graduation.
- Graduate with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Have at least 95% attendance record 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.
- Complete the FASFA during senior year prior to graduation.
- Beginning with the high school senior class or 2015, have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam.
A+ Tutoring Log
A+ Student Parent Handbook
A+ Permission to Travel Form
A+ Citizenship Policy
A+ Citizenship Certification Appeal Form
A+ Attendance Appeal Form
A+ Agreement Form
- Graduate from High School
- Complete a selection of high school classes that is challenging and for which there are identified learner expectations
- Proceed from high school to a college, technical college, or a high wage job with workplace skill development opportunities