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A+ Frequently Asked Questions

* Where do I go if I have questions about the A+ School Program?
* When can I turn the A+ Contracts in?
* Can my child sign up anytime?
* What if my child wants to attend a 4-year college. Should they still sign the A+ contracts?
* If you get a scholarship from SEMO for 1 yr. can you use that and then decide to go a community college and use the A+ tuition reimbursement?
* Can Sophomores and Juniors have access to MO Connections so they can start planning earlier?
* Does A+ cover lab fees and text books?
* If a student has prior mentoring hours, can they be applied to the A+ tutoring requirement?
* How will we know what our child’s cumulative GPA and attendance rate is?
* Who determines funding?
* Are there eligibility requirements once you graduate high school.
* Can you transfer from one community college to another without losing your A+ scholarship?
* What if my child has already had several absences?
* Can adjustments be made for students in Special Education?

Where do I go if I have questions about the A+ School Program?

We are very proud to offer a multitude of information on our district website. You can find the contracts, copy of the A+ handbook, and explanations of all the requirements. Please take time to visit this website as I believe it will answer a lot of your questions. You can also contact Keisha Panagos, A+ Coordinator at 573-264-2139 x214 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When can I turn the A+ Contracts in?

 

There is a designated place in the High School Counselor’s office to return the A+ Contracts.

Can my child sign up anytime?

 

For the 2010-2011 school year we are trying to host various activities to encourage parents and students to learn more about the program and have the opportunity to sign up for the A+ Program. We have held a Parent/Student Informational Night and we will be available during Freshman Orientation as well as Parent/Teacher Conferences. Depending on the need we may host another Parent/Student Informational Night later this spring.

What if my child wants to attend a 4-year college. Should they still sign the A+ contracts?

 

My recommendation would be Yes, definitely sign the A+ contract. The A+ Program is an excellent motivational tool to keep students focused with the end in mind. It prepares them to think ahead and make wise choices throughout their high school career. You are not required to use the tuition assistance if you qualify – but at least you would have the choice. You can always go to a Community College and then transfer your hours to a 4- year university.

You can view a list of 4-year colleges that offer an institutional based A+ Scholarship at

http://scschools.k12.mo.us/files/district/aplus/fouryearcolleges.pdf


There may be offer 4 year colleges that offer scholarships to A+ students so if you are interested in attending a 4-year college that is not on the list you can let me know and I will check into it for you.

****SEMO offers scholarship opportunities to students that have fulfilled the eligibility requirements. You can find more information about this at http://www.semo.edu/financing/scholarships.htm#transferscholar

Community College Scholarship

The Community College Scholarship is awarded to students who have earned 24 or more transferable credit hours and 3.50 cumulative GPA at a value of $1500 (Missouri residents)/ $2500 (Out-of State residents); or to students who have earned 24 or more transferable credit hours and a 3.75 cumulative GPA at a value of $2000 (Missouri residents)/ $2500 (Out-of State residents); or to recipients of an Associate's Degree with a 3.25 cumulative GPA at a value of $1500 (Missouri residents)/ $2500 (Out-of State residents). Renewable for a second year with a 3.50 Southeast cumulative grade point average and 30 Southeast hours completed during the academic year.

Outstanding Community College Student Scholarship

Value: $3,000, renewable for a second year with a 3.5 Southeast cumulative grade point average and 30 Southeast hours completed during the academic year.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Value: $500 (maximum of 25 awarded), renewable for a second year with a 3.50 Southeast cumulative grade point average and 30 Southeast hours completed during the academic year.

If you get a scholarship from SEMO for 1 yr. can you use that and then decide to go a community college and use the A+ tuition reimbursement?

According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education:

 

"Student eligibility for the A+ Scholarship expires at the earliest of the following, except a student who is eligible at the beginning of a term may receive A+ tuition reimbursement for the full term in which the expiration criterion is met:
  1. Forty-eight (48) months after completion of high school coursework;
  2. Completion of one hundred five (105) percent of the hours required for the program in which the student is currently enrolled. In instances in which the student is enrolled in a related, higher level certificate, the hours required for both the original and the higher level certificate shall be combined when calculating the percentage. Calculation of the percentage shall include all known hours completed at any institution, regardless of whether those hours are accepted in transfer into the student’s current program and whether the student received A+ reimbursement for those hours; or
  3. Receipt of an associate’s degree."

Can Sophomores and Juniors have access to MO Connections so they can start planning earlier?

Yes. We are in the process of helping students create their accounts which will allow them to have access to this great resource. It is our goal that all students in grades 9-12 have accounts set up. The middle school counselor is also introducing this resource to 8th graders.

Does A+ cover lab fees and text books?

According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education:

 

“A+ tuition reimbursement” shall mean an amount of money paid by the state of Missouri to a qualified student under the A+ Scholarship for costs related to tuition, general fees, and up to fifty (50) percent of book costs after federal student aid, excluding federal student loans, has been applied.

"Tuition and fees” shall mean any charges to students classified as tuition and any institutional fees charged to all students, excluding program-specific fees.

If a student has prior mentoring hours, can they be applied to the A+ tutoring requirement?

 

No. A+ tutoring guidelines were not established prior to Jan. 1, 2011. Therefore, only tutoring/mentoring hours after Jan. 1, 2011 will be eligible to count towards the A+ tutoring requirement.

How will we know what our child’s cumulative GPA and attendance rate is?

 

We are currently working on getting this information on the report cards. This way you will have current information every quarter. The information is also available via the Parent Portal on Lumen.

Who determines funding?

 

The amount of the A+ tuition reimbursement is subject to legislative appropriation.

Are there eligibility requirements once you graduate high school?

 

Yes, you must have satisfactory academic progress. A student who has been denied A+ tuition reimbursement for lack of satisfactory academic progress may not receive another A+ tuition reimbursement until the enrollment period after the applicable standard has once again been met.

Can you transfer from one community college to another without losing your A+ scholarship?

 

An eligible student may transfer the A+ Scholarship from one participating institution to another without losing eligibility for assistance, but the department shall make any necessary adjustments in the amount of the award.

What if my child has already had several absences?

 

I encourage all students to sign up for the A+ Program. I believe the benefits of maintaining eligibility will produce the quality of students that we strive to attain at Scott City High School. We can work together to maintain the 95% cumulative attendance. For the class of 2013 students will be notified of their cumulative GPA and attendance as soon as possible. We are currently working on a system to get this information to students and parents. Please watch the district website for updates and I will put out a notice as soon as the information is available.

Can adjustments be made for students in Special Education?

 

A+ Program requirements may not be waived for Special Education students, but adjustments may be made according to their IEPs, so they can meet them.

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