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A+ Program


Mr. David Garrison

Assistant Principal, A+ Coordinator     

Mrs. Jessica Byers

A+ Administrative Assistant

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.


As part of Senate Bill 380 (Section 160.545), The Outstanding Schools Act of 1993, the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education instituted the A+ Schools Program. (The Missouri Department of Higher Education began to oversee the funding in the school year 2010-11 and refer to it as the A+ Scholarship Program.) Funding for the Student Financial Incentives portion of the A+ Scholarship Program is the sole responsibility of the State of Missouri. The A+ Scholarship Program provides these educational incentives subject to legislative approval.

In April 1997, the three high schools in the North Kansas City School District (North Kansas City High School, Oak Park High School and Winnetonka High School) received A+ designation. Our district was the first multi-high school district in thestate where all high schools were designated as A+ Schools Program schools. The district was the first district in the Kansas City metro area to receive A+ designation. Staley High School opened as an A+ designated school in 2008. Each year thousands of hours of volunteer tutoring are completed, and graduating seniors can begin a post-secondary education without concern of how to pay for their education. At present, the value of the A+ scholarship is approximately $6,200 for in-district high schools.

A+ 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 2 years prior to graduation.
  • Graduate from an A+ designated high school with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.
  • Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing prior to graduation.
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol while in grades 9-12.
  • Have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam, or a higher level DESE approved end-of-course exam in the field of mathematics. The State also provides an alternative to meet this requirement with a combined ACT math score and high school GPA scale.

See your counselor or A+ Coordinator for A+ opportunities.

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