A+ Program Information

  • It is strongly recommended for students to enroll in A+ and have a plan in place to meet all program requirements by September 30th of senior year.

    The deadline for students to enroll in the A+ Program is January 31st of senior year.  **Those seniors considering or have received approval to graduate early (in January) need to enroll by September 30th to ensure all program requirements are met by the end of first semester. **


    What is the A+ Program?

    Students who graduate from an A+ designated high school may qualify for state-paid financial incentives to attend a public community college or vocational/technical school in Missouri. Some private vocational/technical schools are also A+ eligible. Administration of the scholarships for the A+ Program is coordinated through the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD). Additional details can be found by visiting MDHEWD.

    Four-year colleges and universities do not directly participate in A+. However, a rising number of Missouri schools are offering institutionally funded incentives for students who meet our program's criteria.


    Overview of the Steps to Becoming A+ Eligible

    • Complete the online enrollment form.
    • Seniors MUST be enrolled in the program no later than January 31st of their senior year  ** Earlier deadline of September 30th for any senior considering or has received approval to graduate early (in January) **
    • Review the A+ Handbook for a full description of the program's requirements
    • Once a student's online application is processed, we will email you confirmation of entry into our program

    Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    • Make sure you are on track to complete all A+ requirements listed in the handbook by graduation.
    • If you are interested in completing your tutoring/mentoring hours during the school year or upcoming summer school, make an appointment in the Guidance office.


    • Make sure you are on track to complete all A+ requirements listed in the handbook by graduation.
    • Meet with A+ Coordinator no later than October to discuss tutoring arrangements

    This is a student-driven program; students are strongly encouraged to closely monitor their progress and communication with A+ Coordinator if assistance is needed.


    A+ Eligibility

    • Have a completed A+ application on file in the A+ office
    • Graduate from an A+ designated high school and attend an A+ designated high school for 2 years
    • Graduate with an unweighted, unrounded cumulative 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 (EOC) exam or a qualifying ACT score with a sliding GPA combination
    • Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring/mentoring with Rockwood students under Rockwood staff supervision (Seniors: ALL completed hours must be submitted through the online tutoring log by 3:00 pm on their last day of attendance to be part of your 50 hours)
    • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the use of alcohol and unlawful drugs
    • Have five or less days of in school or out of school suspension
    • Have a good faith effort to apply for non-payment financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)


    Math Requirement

    (when using a qualifying ACT score with a sliding GPA combination)

    ACT Math Score Cumulative GPA
    17 or greater 2.5 or greater
    16 2.8 or greater
    15 3.0 or greater


    Attendance Requirement

    Some absences may be eligible for review. Please review the following information for a list of absences eligible for review. Simply supply the A+ office with the required documentation for consideration.

    Absences Eligible for Review Documentation Required
    COVID - related Medical documentation
    Hospitalization Physician's Letter
    Chronic Health Problem under the care of doctor  Physician's Letter
    Court Appearance Court Letter
    Funeral or death in the family Parent email and copy of Obituary or Memorial Pamphlet
    Religious Holiday Noted in school attendance
    Personal/Family Calamity Parent or School Counselor Letter
    Illness/Injury under the care of doctor Physician's Letter
    College Visit Campus visit confirmation letter/email

    Attendance reviews will NOT be granted for the following:

    • Truancy
    • Suspension
    • Personal/Family Vacation
    • Private transportation problems
    • Routine doctor or dental check-up visits (including ortho)
    • Personal travel for non-school club sports or activities


    Post-Secondary Schools and Recognition Scholarships

    Eligibile Post-Secondary Schools is a list of public community colleges and career/technical schools in Missouri where students can access A+ funding to cover their cost of tuition.


    A+ Scholarships is a list of Missouri four-year colleges and universities where A+ students can receive a recognition scholarship for completing the program.

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