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A+ Appeals Process

Students who wish to appeal a decision that results in their ineligibility for the A+ Scholarship Program will be required to send a letter of appeal to the A+ Coordinator.  The following steps will then be followed:

  1. After receiving the letter of appeal, the coordinator will convene the A+ Student Review/Appeal Committee to hear the student’s appeal.  The committee will consist of the A+ coordinator, the principal, the counselor, and two high school faculty members.
  2. The appeal must be made within five (5) school days following the date of the A+ ineligibility letter.
  3. The student and parents/guardians will be informed of the appeal date.
  4. The student and parents/guardians will attend the appeal and give any information that may affect the student’s eligibility status. 
  5. A majority vote of the panel will decide the result of the appeal.  Parents/guardians will be notified of the decision within five (5) school days after the meeting.
  6. Any decision made by the panel may be appealed to the superintendent.
  7. The appeals process must be concluded prior to graduation.

A+ Citizenship Requirement

Students who sign an A+ agreement for tuition reimbursement are to maintain good citizenship during all four years of high school. A student’s citizenship status will be updated as needed. Participation in the A+ Scholarship Program is an honor and a privilege for St. Elizabeth High School R-4 students. The state, which funds the A+ Scholarship Program, and the district view the A+ Scholarship Program as an incentive and therefore hold the students to a higher standard. Good citizenship is required during all four years of high school, regardless of when a contract is signed.  

A+ Tutoring Policy

A+ tutoring hours can be earned through any academic tutoring on school grounds under teacher supervision during high school. This may take place before or after school or through a Cadet Teaching course. Only the time spent tutoring can be recorded. Students will be required to submit an A+ Tutoring Log signed by the supervising teacher at the end of each quarter to the A+ Coordinator. The hours will be verified by the A+ Coordinator and then entered into the school’s student information system.Type your paragraph here.

Contact Information

Kristen Holtmeyer

573-493-2246

A+ Requirements for Tuition Reimbursement:

To be eligible for funding the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation
  • Attend a designated A+ high school for two years prior to high school graduation
  • Graduate from high school with an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have at least a 95% cumulative attendance record in high school
  • Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol while in grades 9-12
  • Achieve a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam, or a higher level DESE approved EOC in the field of mathematics
  • Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA. 

A+ Attendance Policy

In reviewing a student’s final attendance average, the entire attendance history (grades 9-12) is considered when school is in regular session. Summer school attendance is NOT included.

The A+ program makes no distinction between Excused and Unexcused absences. All unexcused and excused absences, including those which a parent or school official is aware of in advance, count against the student’s attendance average. A doctor’s note for an excused absence for regular doctor/dentist appointments, colds, flu, strep, or other short-term illness does not automatically qualify a student to have the absences waived. The 95% requirement is meant to allow time to cover those routine visits and incidents.

School-sponsored activities; pre-approved, documented college visits; and St. Elizabeth district-approved disability accommodations plans (504 plan) DO NOT count against the student’s attendance average for A+ purposes.  If a student has a catastrophic illness/injury/event, they could qualify for an attendance appeal.

A student will lose his/her A+ Scholarship Program eligibility for any of the following:

  • Any infraction to the list of requirements
  • Unlawful use of Alcohol or Controlled Substances, or Other Drugs/Drug Paraphernalia—Possession of, or use on or outside school grounds, which results in a conviction (assessed fine(s) or ticket, time served, community service, drug/alcohol treatment/counseling, OSS or expulsion).
  • Any incident of violence as defined by the “Safe Schools Act” and/or included in the Student Handbook, which results in a conviction (assessed fine, time serviced, community service, OSS or expulsion).
  • Other violations of the District’s Discipline Policy such as, but not limited to, the following will also be reviewed for eligibility:
    • Any violation committed by a student which results in an out-of-school suspension
    • Any student who receives three (3) discipline referrals in a semester


Upon review of each individual case by the Review/Appeal Committee one of the following actions will be taken:

  • A warning statement will be issued to the student’s parents or guardian notifying them that the student may be placed on probation if another infraction occurs during the semester.
  • A letter of notification will be issued to the student’s parents or guardian placing the student on probation during which time no additional violations may occur.
  • The student’s parents or guardian will be notified that the student has been removed from the A+ Scholarship Program and his/her A+ Agreement is no longer in effect.

​The A+ Scholarship 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.  Graduates who meet all requirements will be eligible for financial incentives provided state funds are appropriated by the legislature annually. 
(Tuition reimbursement is dependent upon state funding and is not the responsibility of St. Elizabeth R-IV School.)

Rules and availability for the A+ Scholarship Program are subject to change under the authority of the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE). For a complete and updated list of High School and Post Graduate eligibility rules and regulations, you can visit https://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php.