A+ Schools Program

A+ Schools Program

What is the A+ School Scholarship Program?

The A+ School Scholarship Program is a school improvement initiative established by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993.

Goals of the A+ School Scholarship Program:

  • All students graduate from high school.
  • All students complete a selection of high school studies that is challenging and for which there are identified learning expectations.
  • All students proceed from high school graduation to a college, post-secondary vocational/technical school, or high wage job with work place skill development opportunities.

Student Eligibility:

  • Sign an A+ Program Student Agreement.
  • Attend a designated Missouri A+ High School for two years prior to graduation.
  • Graduate from Diamond High School with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 grading scale (unweighted).
  • Graduate from Diamond High School with a cumulative attendance record of 95% or better.
  • Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring.
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoidance of unlawful use of alcohol and drugs.
  • Make a good faith effort to first secure all available federal post-secondary student financial assistance (FAFSA).
  • Male student need to sign-up for Selective Services if 18 years old.
  • Beginning with 2015 Graduates, A+ students must receive proficient or advanced on the Algebra I End-of-Course Exam.

Benefits of the Missouri A+ School Scholarship Program for Students

The program entitles our graduates who have met all requirements to receive reimbursement for tuition and fees to any Missouri public community college, vocational/technical school for two years (six college semesters) or the completion of one certificate program through a vocational/technical school. The tuition incentives will only be made available to reimburse the unpaid balance of the cost of tuition and fees after available federal post-secondary student financial assistance funds including scholarships have been applied to those costs.

To be eligible to receive the tuition incentive**, the recipient must:

  • Be considered a full-time student by the institution;
  • Be a US Citizen; and
  • Complete the two years of full-time enrollment at a community college or a public vocational/technical school within four years after graduation.

Students will be eligible to receive the above incentive for two years if they maintain a 2.5 GPA in the post-secondary setting.

Other benefits to being in the A+ Schools Program:

The A+ Seal will be placed on their high school transcript
Students will be recognized at graduation
Students will have the opportunity to tutor

**Regulations and reimbursement money are subject to the General Assembly of Missouri can be amended without notice. Reimbursement is not the funding responsibility of the Diamond R-IV School District.

Please contact Karen Hayes, A+ Coordinator, at [email protected] or 417-325-5186, if you have questions or would like to enroll in the program.