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The A+ Schools program is a school-improvement initiative established by the
Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. The program is raising academic standards,
opening new doors to higher education and introducing students to the
teaching profession through tutoring and mentoring activities. The program
provides incentives for local high schools to:

  • Reduce the dropout rate.
  • Raise academic expectations and eliminate “general track” courses
  • Provide better “career pathways” for all students
  • Work more closely with business and higher-education leaders
  • The key goal of A+ Schools is to assure that all students, when they graduate, are well-prepared to pursue advanced education, employment or both.

Everyone Benefits
Missouri’s A+ Schools program is a win-win situation for schools, students and
communities. The program encourages students to stay in school, make
career plans, tutor younger students in school, and graduate with the skills
and knowledge required for career success or further education.

A+ Schools Designation
The State Board of Education approves high schools for A+ Status once they
have met the program requirements. In most cases, schools spend three
years implementing the program by upgrading curriculum, reducing dropout
rates, enrolling students and establishing business advisory councils. It is not
necessary to receive an A+ Schools grant to gain designation. For a complete
list of schools, visit the A+ website.
Students who graduate from a designated A+ School, may qualify for state paid
assistance (full tuition and books) to attend any public community college
or technical school in the state. More than 19,000 students have qualified for
the tuition assistance since 1997.
For more information about the A+ Program, please contact Kristen Holtmeyer at 573-493-2246.

A+ Goals:

Graduate All Students
Offer a Performance Based-Curriculum
Establish Career Pathways
School-to-Work Transition
Establish Partnership with Businesses
Student Eligibility Requirements

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A+ Requirements for Tuition 


  • ​​Attend a designated A+ School for three years prior to graduation
  • Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Have at least 95 percent attendance record
  • Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoidance of the unlawful use of drugs/alcohol
  • Attend a Missouri community college or postsecondary vocational-technical school on a full-time basis and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher