The A+ Schools Program was established as part of the Missouri Outstanding Schools Act of 1993 in order to provide incentives for local high schools to raise academic expectations, reduce their drop out rate, establish relationships with the business community, and provide better career pathways to students. Administration of the scholarships of the A+ Program is coordinated through the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Additional details can be found by visiting the
Missouri Department of Higher Education website.
Students who graduate from an A+ designated high school may qualify for a state-paid financial incentive to attend a public community college or public career or technical school in Missouri. Some private career & technical schools are also A+ eligible. A rising number of four year colleges are also offering institutionally funded incentives for students who meet A+ criteria.
A+ Eligibility Criteria includes:
- Have a signed A+ participant agreement on file in the A+ office.
- Attend an A+ designated high school for three consecutive years immediately prior to graduation.
- Graduate with an unweighted, unrounded GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Maintain at least a 95% cumulative attendance record in grades 9 - 12.
- Achieve the math proficiency requirement with a score of advanced or proficient on the Algebra 1 End of Course Exam.
- Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring and/or mentoring with Rockwood students under Rockwood staff supervision.
- Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the use of alcohol and unlawful drugs
- Have five or less days of school suspension.
- Make a good faith effort to apply for non-payback financial aid by completing FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Register for Selective Service if applicable.
IEP & 504 accommodations do not cover accommodations for College Board exams (PSAT, SAT, AP) or the ACT. If you have questions about accommodations for these exams please click on the links for more information or contact the LHS test coordinator.