Students who graduate from a designated A+ high school may qualify for state-paid financial incentive to attend any public community college or career/technical school in Missouri. KHS students must sign up for the A+ program through Dr. Shiree Yeggins’ office. If you have questions about the necessary forms or tutoring opportunities, feel free to contact Dr. Shiree Yeggins at 314-213-6100, ext. 1307.
BENEFITS OF AN A+ SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Qualifying graduating students will be eligible for the following:
- Tuition assistance to attend any Missouri public community college or public vocation or technical school.
- Tuition incentives will be made available after the student has made a good faith effort to first secure all available federal post-secondary student financial assistance funds that do not require repayment.
A student must be considered a FULL-TIME student by the post-secondary institution maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Students must complete SIX semesters of FULL-TIME enrollment at the institution within FOUR years after graduation from Kirkwood High School. Tuition reimbursement is contingent upon availability of state funds.
To be eligible for the financial incentives of the A+ Schools Program, Kirkwood High School must certify a student as having met all A+ requirements. As the official representative of the Department of Education of the State of Missouri, the A+ Schools Coordinator has the responsibility to certify that a graduate of Kirkwood High School has met the following criteria:
- Sign an A+ Student contract.
- Attend an A+ High School for two consecutive years immediately prior to graduation.
- Graduate from Kirkwood High School with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale unweighted.
- Graduate from Kirkwood High School with a cumulative attendance record of 95% or higher.
- Perform a total of 50 hours of unpaid academic tutoring or mentoring of other students under the supervision of a certified Kirkwood School District employee within the four years of high school. Up to 25% of these hours can be obtained by job-shadowing. ALL TUTORING MUST BE APPROVED BY THE A+ COORDINATOR.
- Must have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end-of-course exam or higher level DESE approved exam in the field of mathematics. If you meet all the eligibility requirements except the end of the course exam requirement, you may establish eligibility by achieving a combined ACT math subscore and high school GPA in accordance with the scale provided by DESE.
- Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
- Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoidance of unlawful use of alcohol and drugs.
- Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal post-secondary student financial assistance funds that do not require payment.