With our current economic situation it is important for students and parents to be familiar with scholarship opportunities that will assist in tuition compensation. That is why Scott City R-I is working diligently to obtain A+ designation which will enable us to offer state-paid financial incentive to qualifying students. The A+ award allows qualifying students the opportunity to attend any public community college or technical school in Missouri with little or no cost. To be eligible the student must maintain and meet the following requirements:

I. Enter a written agreement with the high school prior to graduation.

II. Have attended a designated A+ School for any 2 years of the 4 years prior to high school graduation.

III. Graduated with a 2.5 grade point average or higher on a four (4) point scale (non-weighted) or a 6.875 GPA on an 11 point scale (non-weighted).

IV. Have at least a ninety-five percent (95%) attendance record for the four (4) year period. (An average of 8 & ¾ days a year of missed school attendance.)

V. Perform fifty (50) hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring for other students. This may include in-school tutoring and summer school. Tutoring must be school sponsored.

VI. Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoidance of unlawful use of alcohol/drugs.

VII. Make a good faith effort to first secure all available post-secondary financial assistance funds that do not require repayment.

VIII. Register for Selective Service if applicable.

IX. Beginning with the senior class of 2015, you must meet one of the following:

(A) Have achieved a score of advanced or proficient on either the Algebra I or higher (Geometry, Algebra II) end-of-course exam; or

(B) Have achieved a qualifying score, as established annually by the CBHE, on the COMPASS exam or the math component of the ACT test. (The cut scores have not yet been determined. Missouri Department of Higher Education expects to set these scores by summer 2013.)

The A+ Schools Program was created in 1993 as an incentive for improving high schools in Missouri. The primary goal of the A+ Program is to ensure all students who graduate from Missouri High Schools are well prepared to pursue education and employment. As a school seeking A+ designation, Scott City R-I aims to do the following: reduce the dropout rate; raise academic expectations; provide career pathways for all students; and work closely with business and higher-education leaders to better prepare students for their lives after graduation.

If you are interested in obtaining more information on A+ Schools, please call Dr. Keisha Panagos, A+ Coordinator or visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s website at


Carmen Winders, A+ Coordinator
573-264-2131 x 247
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