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A+ High School Eligibility for 2020 Seniors
A+ High School Eligibility for 2020 Seniors
Dr. Jill Watkins
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Good evening, Class of 2020!

I have received updated information from the Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development regarding A+ High School Eligibility for 2020 Seniors.  These changes are temporary and only apply to 2020 seniors.  All other high school students will be required to meet the A+ Scholarship requirements outlined in Section 1060.545, RSMo and the A+ administrative rule, 6CSR 10-2.190.

  1. Grade Point Average. To be eligible for the A+ Scholarship, students must graduate from high school with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.  Since school closures may negatively impact seniors’ spring 2020 GPA and thus the cumulative GPA at graduation, 2020 seniors who have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the end of either the fall 2019 or spring 2020 semesters will be eligible.
  1. 50 Hours of Unpaid Tutoring/Mentoring. The A+ Scholarship requires students to complete 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring.  For the 2020 seniors, the number of tutoring/mentoring hours has been reduced temporarily to 25 to accommodate those students who are unable to complete 50 hours prior to high school graduation.  Students currently placed in tutoring with Dr. Watkins or Mrs. Prather during the Spring 2020 semester have accumulated the 25 hour requirement and will be eligible for the A+ scholarship.
  1. Algebra I EOC. DHEWD is working with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop guidance about how this provision might be affected and will provide that guidance as soon as it is available.

There are no deviations from standard policy for the following eligibility criteria:

  • 95% Attendance. Students must have 95% attendance overall for grades 9-12 as calculated per the high school’s A+ policy.  The attendance percentage is based on the total coursework in which the student was and is enrolled in at the high school, regardless of the delivery method.  Student attendance will be calculated based on the student's cumulative attendance percentage as of Monday, March 16, 2020, in addition to full attendance credit for March 17, 2020, through May 8, 2020, to get a 4-year cumulative attendance percentage.  High schools have always had, and continue to have, the ability to take student health issues into account when calculating attendance for A+ Scholarship purposes through an appeal process. 
  • Attend an A+-designated high school for two years. Students must attend an A+ high school for at least two years.  As a reminder, students must be enrolled in at least 80% of the instructional days included in the two year period to meet this requirement.  This requirement is separate from the 95% attendance requirement, which must also be met. 

I will begin emailing each 2020 Senior regarding his/her specific status next week.  If you have additional questions, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Dr. Watkins