Prior to the 2010-11 school year, the Missouri State Board of Education awarded the College Preparatory Studies Certificate Missouri students who successfully complete a rigorous academic program in high school. The certificate was awarded in addition to the regular high school diploma granted by local school districts. Although the State Board of Education no longer awards the College Preparatory Certificate, Green Ridge R-VIII High School will issue a local College Preperatory Studies Certificate for those students who exceed our minimum graduation requirements and take a college preparatory course of study.
To be eligible for the certificate, a student must meet the following requirements:
1. Complete a rigorous high school program cooperatively planned by the school, the student and the student’s parents. The program must include at least these units of credit:
English/Language Arts 4
Mathematics 4 (Algebra I and higher)
Social Studies 3
Fine Arts 1
Practical Arts 1
Personal Finance .5
Physical Education 1
Specified Core Electives 3 (2 Foreign Language Recommended)
General Electives 4
2. Earn at least a 3.0 GPA in the combined subject areas of English, mathematics, science, and social studies.
3. Score above the prior year’s national composite average mean on the ACT test. This criterion is revised annually to reflect the latest national averages from ACT.
4. Maintain a 9-12 attendance rate of at least 95 percent.