The A+ Program is regulated by Missouri Department of Higher Education(MDHE). The program's main emphasis is to provide funding for those students attending 2 year institutions such as a community college or vocational school. More information about the program can be found at  Please check this website frequently as policy and legislation changes. 

Following is a brief summary of the A+ accommodations.  The accommodations apply only to the 2021 seniors unless otherwise noted.



95% Attendance

  • For students enrolled in on-site courses:  Actual attendance, even if the course or courses are delivered through MOCAP or other accepted virtual methods
  • For students enrolled in any off-site virtual courses  (MOCAP or other):  Meet the guidelines for A+ candidates outlined by DESE in the Non-Traditional Methods of Instruction section of the Attendance Hour Reporting guide for the 2020-2021 school year (
  • HS A+ policy can establish criteria students must meet for a blanket appeal for students in identified categories affected by COVID-19 as an alternative to individual appeals. 


  • 25 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring instead of 50 hours

Mid-Year Graduates when Fall Term Ends Late


  • Can receive A+ in spring term if:
    • Allowed to enroll in an A+ institution given the later than usual graduation date
    • A+ institution has the A+ stamped transcript on file

Algebra I EOC

  • None.  All students graduating after 2020 who were unable to take the Algebra I EOC in the 2019-2020 academic year, regardless of their graduation year, must meet one of this requirement’s alternatives:
    • Proficient or advanced on a higher level math EOC
    • Qualifying combination of HS GPA/ACT math subscore

2.5 HS GPA

  • None.  Students must have a 2.5 CGPA to qualify.


1.Management & Internship Class

The purpose of the Management Internship Class is to allow students  time during the day to meet the 50 required tutoring hours of the A+ program. During their junior or senior year, students will be placed with an elementary or middle school teacher at West Plains Elementary, West Plains Middle School, or one of our neighboring K-8 school districts.
2. Boys and Girls Club

Students may also tutor at the Boys and Girls Club of West Plains.  If a student is interested in attaining their A+ hours in this manner, they must contact the A+ Coordinator before they begin tutoring.  If they would like to learn more about the program they may contact the director at 
Boys and Girls Club


613 West First Street

3.  Summer school 
Students must contact the A+ Coordinator if they would like to tutor at West Plains or one of the rural schools during summer school. Students may have already coordinated this with the summer school teacher or the A+ Coordinator may help with this assignment.
4. Other avenues
Some students tutor early mornings or late afternoons at one of the schools.  Students must arrange this and obtain approval from the A+ Coordinator.
A+ Program Requirements-High School
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or lawfully present in the U.S.
  • Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.
  • Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 years prior to graduation.
  • Graduate 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.
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • 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. Students may also receive qualifying scores from the ACT math subsection(17 is the qualifying score) . Please consult your A+ Coordinator concerning qualifying test scores.
A+ Benefits
Two years paid tuition at a community college or vocational/technical school.  Some 4 year universities offer their own scholarships if a student has been A+ certified by their high school.
 Please click here (Higher Education) to see 
a listing of these schools