A+ Program

The Department of High Education has revised the A+ Program updates beginning with the Class of 2015.

To be eligible for the A+ Program, high school students need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be a US 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 consecutive years immediately 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.
  • Beginning with the senior class of 2015, have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam or higher level DESE approved end-of course exam in the field of mathematics*.
*Beginning in 2015, if you meet all the eligibility requirements except the end of course exam requirement, you may establish eligibility by achieving a qualifying score on the COMPASS exam published by the ACT, INC. or the mathematics component of the ACT Test. You may achieve the qualifying score as a high school or post-secondary student. If you achieve the score as a postsecondary student you may be eligible for an award in the same term that you take the test. The Missouri Department of HIgher Education will announce the qualifying COMPASS and ACT Test scores annually. Below is the qualifying test scores that were set for the 2015 high school seniors. 


Minimum Score Required

 ACT Math Subscore


 COMPASS Pre-Algebra


 COMPASS Algebra   


Additional information can be found on the MDHE website.

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