A+ Program Information

  • 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 are 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 A+ application.
    • Seniors MUST be enrolled in the program no later than the last Wednesday in September of their Senior year (2021-2022 SENIORS: the deadline to enroll in A+ is September 29, 2021!)
    • Review the A+ Handbook for a full description of the program's requirements
    • Once a student's online application is process we will email you of your acceptance to 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 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 *Beginning with the Class of 2020
    • 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 qualifying ACT score with 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 Friday, May 27, 2022 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)
    • Register for the Selective Service, if applicable

    Math Requirement

    (when using qualifying ACT score with 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. Attendance reviews will not be granted for truancy, suspension or vacation.

    Absences Eligible for Review Documentation Required
    Hospitalization Physician's Letter
    Chronic Health Problem Physician's Letter
    Court Appearance Court Letter
    Funeral Parent email and copy of Obituary or Memorial Pamphlet
    Religious Holiday Noted in school attendance
    Personal/Family Calamity Parent or School Counselor Letter
    Catastrophic Illness/Injury Physician's Letter
    College Visit Campus visit confirmation letter/email

Contact Information

Julia Welker

Aplus Coordinator