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A+ Scholarship Major Points
www.dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php
Due to the state making adjustments to the A+ Scholarship and its requirements each year, the above site will give the most up to date rules, restrictions, and requirements for becoming eligible for the A+ Scholarship. If there is a conflict between the above site and the LR A+ Handbook, the above site will be the authority as will all new requirements that are not yet in the LR A+ Handbook.
 ALL STUDENTS are eligible to receive the A+ Scholarship…but must meet the requirements.

 The ATTENDANCE and GPA requirements are cumulative; they are over the 4 year career of each student.

 Around 8 days a year or 32 days total can be missed in the 4 years of each student to still qualify for the A+ Scholarship.

 You can still be A+ if you don’t get A’s in school.

 Many colleges and universities will give an “A+ Scholarship” that is determined by the students A+ eligibility. Only Missouri public community colleges and vocational/technical schools can use money given by the state for A+ scholarships. If your student plans on attending a four year institution it is worth checking to see if they have a scholarship that is based on the states A+ Scholarship.

 All “free” money that is awarded by completing the FAFSA can replace A+ money if the amount is equal or more.

Overview of the A+ Program and LRHS:
In an effort to make college or vocational/technical education available to every Missouri high school graduate, the Missouri General Assembly established the A+ Schools Program as part of the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. Logan-Rogersville School District was one of the first schools in Missouri to become an A+ School, and has been since 1997.
Information regarding the A+ Scholarship Program can be obtained from the Missouri Department of Higher Education web site.
www.dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php


Any questions regarding the A+ Scholarship Program should be directed to the A+ Coordinator at Logan-Rogersville High School, 417-753-2813 x 6007 or email bwubbena@logrog.net.


A+ Scholarship Program Goals:
1. All students graduate from high school.
2. All Students will complete a selection of high school studies that is challenging and for which there are identified learner expectations.
3. All students will proceed from high school graduation to a four-year college, community college, a postsecondary vocational/technical school, or high wage job with workplace skill development opportunities.


A+ Scholarship Incentives:
Students who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be eligible to receive the A+ Scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and general fees (as funds are available) at any Missouri public community college or vocational/technical school.
Participants are under no obligation to use the A+ incentives. The tuition benefit is earned by each individual and is not transferable to any other student.
“General fees” are defined as those fees that are paid by all students (activity and technology fees). Special program fees not covered by A+ include, but are not limited to: lab fees, online course fees, graduation, infrastructure and parking fees, drop fees, books, and supplies.
Financial need is not a factor in determining if a student is eligible for the A+ incentives.
The length of eligibility period for the A+ Scholarship will be:

* Students qualifying for a military deferment may have their eligibility extended beyond 48 months. The extension corresponds to the length of active military duty; application for deferment is available through Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE).
The A+ Scholarship should not be confused with the Institutional scholarships that may be offered by four-year colleges and universities to students who graduate from high school with A+ eligibility. The A+ Scholarship program does not fund post-secondary education at four-year colleges or universities. The A+ participant may contact the individual college or university for more information regarding scholarships for earning the A+ Certificate.


Eligibility Requirements:
Please refer to the following website for the most up to date requirements:
www.dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php
To be eligible for the A+ Scholarship benefits, a student must complete the following criteria before graduation:

* Exception to the 3-year rule – Students must attend an A+ designated school the three consecutive years immediately prior to graduation unless they are dependents of active military families or retired military who relocate to Missouri within one year of retirement.
** EOC retakes will be allowed, if necessary, by the state for those seeking A+ qualification. —OR—Students may complete the first semester at a post secondary institution with a minimum of 12 hours and the equivalent of a 2.5 GPA prior to accessing A+ funds. The student will have only one semester/ opportunity to meet this alternate requirement if they have not scored high enough on any qualifying math test. Costs incurred in the first semester will not be retroactively reimbursed.


Maintaining A+ Eligibility at a Community College or Vocational Technical School:
To continue eligibility of the A+ scholarship, the post graduate student must:

Eligibility Expiration:
Eligibility will expire upon completion of 105% of credit hours earned toward an Associate’s degree. For example, if a degree program requires 62 credit hours for completion, A+ could pay for one 3 credit hour remedial course (if needed) and still remain within the 105% cap.
Students who complete a certificate program and bridge over to a related 2-year degree program will have the 105% limit reset, but transfer hours will be included in the new limit.


The 105% limit excludes: college credit hours earned before high school graduation (e.g. dual credit, dual enrollment, technical education articulation, advanced placement, international baccalaureate).


The 105% limit includes: 1) All hours taken at the student’s current post-secondary institution, including developmental/remedial hours. 2) All known hours taken at any other A+ eligible institution, including developmental/remedial hours. 3) Hours taken at any non-eligible A+ institution, including out-of-state institutions that the current institution accepts in transfer.

Limitations—A+ Scholarships cannot be used:

A+ Schools Contract:
The first step in participating in the A+ Scholarship Program is for the student and parent to read and sign the A+ Scholarship Agreement. The student must turn in this contract along with the Citizenship Agreement to the A+ Coordinator. The A+ Coordinator will establish an A+ Scholarship file for the student and keep documentation of A+ activity in this file. Files will be kept confidential.


Enrollment Requirements:
To meet the enrollment requirement, the student must be enrolled in Logan-Rogersville High School or another designated A+ School no later than two weeks after the beginning of the fall term of the student’s sophomore year* through the end of the student’s senior year.


*Exception to the 3-year Rule—Students must attend an A+ designated school the three consecutive years immediately prior to graduation unless they are dependents of active military families or retired military who relocate to Missouri within one year of retirement.


Qualifying Mathematics Test Score:
Achieve a score of Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I End of Course (EOC) exam or another qualifying math exam. The qualifying math tests include any of the high school level mathematics End of Course exams or the ACT. An advanced or proficient score must be achieved on the EOC exams or a score of 17* on the math part of the ACT.
*A math score of 17 on the ACT is required if the students has a GPA of 2.5 to 2.79 on a 4 pt scale. A score of 16 is required for students that graduate with a GPA of 2.8 to 2.99. A score of 15 is required for students that graduate with a GPA of 3.0 and higher.


Grade Point Average Requirement:
Students must graduate from high school with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Grade point requirement for the A+ Scholarship Program is based on cumulative grade point average for all four-years at the time of graduation. Averaging or rounding up to the next highest grade point is not allowed. The student’s official transcript will serve as evidence of grade point average for the A+ Scholarship Program.


A+ Attendance Requirement:
As mandated by the A+ Scholarship Program, administered by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, a student must average at least 95% attendance during the four-years of high school to qualify for A+ scholarship reimbursement. Each participant’s cumulative attendance is recorded each year (seniors will also be updated after their first semester) and will be on file in the A+ Coordinator’s Office. Attendance is averaged and cumulative over four years. Ninety-five percent (95%) attendance in a regular school year would mean missing no more than approximately 32 days over four years or an average of 8 days per year. This approximation is based on the assumption that a student will attend a full seven period day all eight semesters.
A+ participants are not disqualified for dropping below the 95% attendance in any one given year, but must have a cumulative attendance rate of 95% at the time of graduation. Students or parents with questions or concerns about a student’s attendance are encouraged to call the A+ Coordinator’s Office at Logan-Rogersville High School.


Attendance Expectations:

Students will be allowed one appeal for attendance prior to graduation. This appeal must be submitted no later than April 1st of the year of graduation.


Attendance Waiver Guidelines:
A+ Attendance requirements are determined by the state and should not be confused with the general attendance requirement as printed in the Logan-Rogersville High School Student Handbook.
At the time an attendance appeal is filed, official documentation stating the reasons the student was absent from school must be provided to the A+ Coordinator.
Attendance waivers will NOT be granted for the following:
 Personal/family vacation
 Transportation
 Work
 Other non-emergency situations (doctor/dentist)
 Suspension from school for any reason
 Truancy

Appeals Procedure:
Students are allowed one attendance appeal prior to graduation. The appeal should be requested no later than April 1st of the graduation year. Only absences involving extremely extenuating circumstances will be considered and must include a verification letter from the appropriate agency including specific dates and times from which the student should be considered excused. Waivers may not be issued for absences that include: truancy, skipping classes, vacation, transportation problems, school suspensions, work, driver’s test, and non-emergency situations.
ü A parent/guardian or student must submit to the A+ Office a request for a waiver on the A+ Attendance Appeal form available from the A+ Office. To be considered, this appeal form with documentation must be filed by April 1st of the graduation year. When the information is received, a review committee will meet to determine if a waiver of absences for A+ status determination will be granted. The A+ Coordinator will act as facilitator and a nonvoting member of the review committee.

Citizenship Guidelines
Participation in the A+ Scholarship Program is both an honor and privilege. Good citizenship is a measure of the quality of conduct in and away from school until graduation and post-graduation functions such as project graduation. The A+ Scholarship eligibility factors are indicators of good citizenship; therefore, A+ participants are expected to exhibit standards of behavior that will bring credit to them, the A+ Scholarship Program, Logan-Rogersville High School, and the community.
To qualify for the A+ scholarship incentive, a student’s behavior shall be in compliance with the Board of Education policies, the guidelines in the Logan-Rogersville High School Student Handbook, the A+ Scholarship Program guidelines, the Safe Schools Act, and state and local regulations and laws for four years prior to graduation.


Citizenship Eligibility
Student citizenship/discipline records will be maintained throughout their four years of high school. These records will be reviewed at the end of each semester. In-school and out-of-school suspension days are accumulated over the four years a student attends high school. Citizenship/discipline violations that may jeopardize a student’s A+ eligibility status include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. In-School Suspension

Any student who receives discipline referrals which resulted in an accumulation of 6 days In-School Suspension (ISS) will receive a written warning. An Accumulation of 6 additional days of In-School Suspension (total of 12 days) will result in a student being placed on probation. A conference with the A+ Coordinator will be required. An additional accumulation of 3 days of ISS (total of 15) will result in immediate removal from the A+ Scholarship Program. A warning does not need to be in place before a student can be put on probation or even removed from the program.
B. Out-of-School

Any student who receives 3 days of Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) will be placed on probation, receive written notice, and a conference with the A+ Coordinator will be required. A student who receives an additional 3 days OSS (total of 6 days) will result in immediate removal from the A+ Program. Probation does not need to be in place before a student can be removed from the program.


Action for Suspensions
WARNING – a written warning will be issued to the student
PROBATION – A letter will be issued to the student placing that student on probation, and a copy of the letter will be sent by mail to the parent/guardian.
REMOVAL FROM THE PROGRAM – The student and parent/guardian will be notified via mail that the student has been removed from the A+ Scholarship Program and will not be eligible to receive A+ funds through this program.

 

C. Post-graduation violations

Students need to be aware that citizenship violations incurred after graduation, but before the submission of qualifiers to the state may eliminate themselves from the A+ Scholarship Program.


D. Violation of local, state, or federal criminal laws:
1. A student will not be eligible if they have unlawfully used or possessed drugs, drug paraphernalia or alcohol on or off school property during the four-year period immediately prior to graduation.
2. A Student will not be eligible if they have pled guilty or nolo contendere ( no contest) or received a suspended imposition of sentence or suspended execution of sentence for, or been convicted or found guilty of a felony.
3. A Student will not be eligible if they have pled guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) or received a suspended imposition of sentence or suspended execution of sentence for, or been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor crime that is drug related or has inflicted physical harm to persons and/or property.

Appeals Procedure
Appeals will be addressed through an A+ Committee. Students and their parents/guardians will have ten calendar days from the day of notification to appeal a decision to remove a student from the program due to citizenship infractions. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the A+ Coordinator. Upon receiving a written appeal, the A+ Coordinator will convene the A+ Committee. The A+ Coordinator will serve as facilitator and a nonvoting member of the review committee. The A+ Coordinator will notify the parents/guardians of the decision by letter. Upon receiving the written notice of the committee’s decision, the parent/student may file an appeal with the high school principal within ten calendar days of the postmark date of the notification letter. Appeals after ten days will not be considered. Upon receiving the principal’s decision, the parent may request to appeal within ten calendar days to the superintendant of schools. The last step is an appeal with the Logan-Rogersville Board of Education.


Guidelines for Tutoring/Mentoring
 Tutoring/mentoring must be school sponsored, have prior approval from the A+ Coordinator and be performed under the supervision of a certificated employee of the Logan-Rogersville District.
 All A+ students must sign an A+ Tutoring Contract and participate in tutoring orientation.
 Tutoring/mentoring must be done during the regular school year or summer school and must be completed before graduation.
 Only time spent working directly with students will be counted toward the required 50 hours of unpaid tutoring/mentoring.
 An A+ Tutoring course will be offered during the day at the high school for 12th grade students. Students may enroll in the course for one semester and receive no credit. In addition to tutoring, students may be expected to complete appropriate assignments made by the instructor.
 Opportunities also exist for logging tutoring hours after school when a student cannot fit the A+ Tutoring class into his/her class schedule.
 All tutoring and mentoring must be supervised and verified by a certificated cooperating teacher and the A+ Coordinator.
 Students who enroll in the A+ Tutoring class or have an approved tutoring plan and participate in the A+ Job Shadow Day may log up to 10 hours toward A+ Tutoring. The student will be responsible for getting the log sheet signed by their job shadow mentor and turned in to the A+ Coordinator. The log sheet must be signed by the student, job shadow mentor, and A+ Coordinator.
 The signature of the supervising teacher must verify all tutoring/mentoring time. Tutoring/mentoring time must be recorded and verified on the A+ Tutoring Log. Students will not receive credit for tutoring minutes when tutoring activity is not verified or for activity documented on forms that are lost by students or not turned in.
 Students are expected to be present at the agreed upon time for tutoring/mentoring.
 If an absence must occur, the A+ Tutor is responsible for notifying the high school office.
 Participants should consider themselves a guest of the school and the supervising teacher, conducting themselves in accordance with all rules, regulations, and guidelines in the Logan-Rogersville High School Student Handbook. A+ participants who do not meet the behavioral expectations during any portion of the tutoring experience risk forfeiture of tutoring opportunities.

Good Faith Effort to Secure Funding
 Parents must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When filing the FAFSA, students must designate the community college or public technical school that they are planning to attend.
 Information about the FAFSA application is available in the Logan-Rogersville High School counseling office or on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Computers are available in the counselor’s office for use when filing the FAFSA. Information is made available to students at the appropriate time.
 Federal Pell Grant funds as determined by the FAFSA will be applied to student account balances first; if any A+ eligible costs remain, they will be billed to A+. A student cannot receive A+ in addition to a Pell Grant if the Pell Grant pays for all tuition and fees. However, the student may have access to their A+ Scholarship for use in later semesters during which they might become Pell Grant ineligible. The recognition of being an A+ Graduate remains intact, and students can list A+ on resumes and applications as an achievement they earned for a job well done in high school.
Parents are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Selective Service Registration
Males are required by law to register for Selective Service. They must register or forfeit their eligibility for the A+ Scholarship reimbursement. The web site for Selective Registration is www.sss.gov.
Annual Report to MDHE
All records for the A+ eligibility will be maintained and reviewed by the A+ Coordinator. Citizenship, GPA, and attendance will be reviewed for accuracy. A student is not officially certified eligible for A+ tuition reimbursement until the final review is conducted after graduation.
Monies will then be paid to the qualifying post-secondary institution.
By June 30 of each year, the A+ coordinator will send in the appropriate core date report, a list of names of all graduating, certified A+ students who are eligible to receive the A+ Scholarship.


LOGAN-ROGERVILLE SCHOOLS


A+ Citizenship Agreement (Copy)
Participation in the A+ schools financial assistance program is an honor and privilege. A student must meet A+ eligibility requirements and maintain a record of good citizenship. The record of good citizenship will measure the quality of conduct in school and away from school.
To qualify for the A+ financial incentive a student’s behavior shall be in compliance with the Board of Education policies, the Logan-Rogersville High School guidelines on student discipline as outline in the student handbook, the A+ School guidelines, the Safe Schools Act, and state and local regulations and laws. As mandated by State Law CSR 50-350.040, a student will forfeit the opportunity to earn the A+ Schools financial incentive for any drug or alcohol violation committed at any time or place through the four years the student attends high school.
Logan-Rogersville High School encourages values that exemplify good character. These values include respect, responsibility, citizenship, compassion, commitment, honesty, self-discipline, cooperation and perseverance. The intent of our character program is to encourage students to reach their potential while becoming productive life-long learners.
At the end of each semester student discipline records will be reviewed. Student discipline records will be maintained throughout their four years of high school. Disciplinary infractions may result in the student being considered “out of compliance” with the A+ Citizenship Standard. “Out of compliance” means that the student has shown a pattern of repeated disruptive behavior, either through referrals, ISS, or OSS assignments. Students who are considered “out of compliance” with the Citizenship Standards will be notified of their citizenship standing. Once a student has been deemed “out of compliance”, it does not necessarily mean that he or she will be eliminated from participating in the A+ Program.
A student will be considered “out of compliance” of the citizenship standard and may forfeit the opportunity to participate in the A+ Schools Program for any of the following:


In-School Suspension (ISS):

Any student who receives discipline referrals which result in an accumulation of 6 days In-School Suspension (ISS) will receive a written warning. An accumulation of 6 additional days of ISS (total of 12 days) will result in a student being placed on probation. A conference with the A+ Coordinator will be required. An additional accumulation of 3 days of ISS (total of 15) will result in immediate removal from the A+ Program. A warning does not need to be in place before a student can be put on probation or even removed from the program.


Out-of-School Suspensions (OSS):

A student who receives 3 days of Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) will be placed on probation, receive written notice, and a conference with A+ Coordinator will be required. A student who receives an additional 3 days OSS will result in immediate removal from the A+ Program. Probation does not need to be in place before a student can be removed from the program.

Post-graduation Violations: Students need to be aware that citizenship violations incurred after graduation, but before the submission of qualifiers to the state may eliminate them from the A+ Program.


Violation of local, state, or federal criminal laws: A student will not be eligible if they have unlawfully used or possessed drugs, drug paraphernalia or alcohol on or off school property during the four-year period immediately prior to graduation. Pled guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) to, received a suspended imposition of sentence or suspended execution of sentence for, or been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony, or of a misdemeanor crime that is drug related or has inflicted physical harm to persons and/or property.


Actions for Violation of Local, State, and Federal Laws

Student and parent/guardian will be notified in writing via mail that the student has been removed from the A+ Program and will not be eligible to receive A+ funds through this program.


APPEALS PROCEDURE:
Appeals will be addressed through the Citizenship Committee. Students and their parents/guardians will have 10 calendar days to appeal a decision to remove a student from the program. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the A+ Coordinator. Upon receiving a written appeal, the A+ Coordinator will convene the A+ Citizenship Committee.
 Appeals may be submitted in writing within ten calendar days to the Logan-Rogersville High School A+ Appeals Committee in care of the A+ Coordinator. The A+ Coordinator will serve as facilitator and a nonvoting member of the review committee. Upon receiving a written appeal, the A+ Coordinator will convene the A+ Citizenship Committee.
 The A+ Coordinator will notify the parents/guardians by letter of the decision.
 Upon receiving written notice of the committee’s decision, the parent/student may file an appeal with the principal of the high school within ten calendar days of the postmark date of the notification letter. Upon receiving the principal’s decision, the parent/student may request to appeal with the superintendent of schools within ten calendar days of the postmark date of the notification letter. Upon receiving the superintendent’s decision, the parent may request to appeal within ten calendar days with the Logan-Rogersville Board of Education.