A+ Certification Checklist
Frequently asked questions about the A+ program can be found here!
Step 1: Complete the A+ Application and turn it in, signed, to Mrs. Cahill in the main office.
Step 2: *Attend a mandatory A+ Training Session & complete the A+ Training Form (student will be emailed the form to complete once Training has been attended).
Step 3: Find ways (covered in the Training Session) to begin obtaining your 50 A+ tutoring hours- See characteristics of a good tutor here
Step 4: **Print the A+ Tutoring Timesheet and record all hours spent A+ student tutoring. Students will receive their first timesheet at Training.
Step 5: Seniors ONLY: Check out your final steps to ensure certification in the A+ program here.
*Students must have an A+ Application and Training Form on file before tutoring hours will be entered. Hours submitted prior to attending the Training Session, will not be accepted.
**The A+ Tutoring Timesheet (legible, filled out completely and signed by an LPS employee) will be the ONLY method of submitting tutoring hours. The forms can be found by clicking on the link above or there are copies at Mrs. Cahill's desk in the office.
The A+ program requires a ¹95% or better attendance rate. It also requires that students maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol while in grades 9-12. Should you have special circumstances that have affected your attendance and/or citizenship, please be sure to file an Attendance Appeal by April 15th of your Senior year. Appeals DO require accompanying documentation and will be approved or denied by an Appeals committee.
¹Attendance requirements for the A+ program are set by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Attendance appeals to be considered include absences due to catastrophic illness or catastrophic family events. Please note that absences due to common illness (ie. colds, ear infections, strep throat) and orthodontic/dental appointments cannot be considered. Extenuating circumstances (diagnosed pneumonia, diagnosed infuenza, oral surgery, etc.), may be appealed with accompanying medical documentation indicating the extenuating circumstance and specific dates/times the student was affected. Homebound students are still eligible for A+ with accompanying documentation.
A+ Tutoring Opportunities
There are many opportunities available to obtain the required 50 hours of unpaid tutoring for the A+ Program. Please keep in mind that all approved tutoring hours MUST be an submitted on the A+ Tutoring Timesheet, filled out completely including signature and date from student, and signed off by an LPS employee. Tutoring hours must be completed while under the supervision of an approved LPS program. Summer camp (Boy Scout, church, etc.) volunteering, high school sports/activity camps and community service hours are not tutoring hours. If you have questions about what qualifies as tutoring hours for the A+ program, please do not hesitate to visit with Mr. McDorman in the Main Office of Liberty High School or contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Summer Adventure - At this time, LPS is offering Online Only summer school programming the month of June, therefore summer A+ tutoring will NOT be available. A+ Trainings and Tutoring will resume in the fall.
*Camp Invention - This summer's Camp Invention will be held at Liberty Oaks Elementary, August 3-7, 2020. Any enrolled A+ student that has their Training session completed, is eligible to earn 40 tutoring hours through Camp Invention's Leadership Intern program. Interested? Please email Dr. Krohne and let him know you would be interested!
*Reading Boosters at MCPL - The Liberty branch of MCPL is offering the "Reading Boosters" program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 4:30-5:30 p.m. during three separate sessions in the fall, winter and spring. In addition to the A+ Application and A+ Training that LHS requires, MCPL requires their own additional training prior to tutoring at their facility. LHS A+ tutors that have already enrolled in the A+ program and attended an LHS A+ Training, are eligible to participate in this program, reading to Kindergarten through 3rd grade children. LHS A+ tutors that are interested, should read through the Reading Booster's Volunteer Letter. Tutors will be required to fill out an MCPL Volunteer Application and attend one of their mandotory trainings prior to the session beginning. The Liberty branch of MCPL is located at 1000 Kent Street, Liberty, MO 64068.
*Peer Tutoring - We often have requests for tutors in the following subjects: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Biology. We sometimes have requests for other subject areas as well. If you have a particular strength and would be interested in tutoring a peer, here at LHS, before school, after school, or even during Liberty Hour, please contact Mr. McDorman.
*KidZone Tutoring - If you are interested in tutoring before or after school at one of our elementary KidZone sites, please contact Mrs. McArthur. The A+ student will need to plan on meeting with the KidZone Administrative Assistant, Lindsey McArthur, about location, days/time and expectations for tutoring during KidZone hours, prior to placement.
*Pre-Approved Job Shadowing - Up to 25% (or 12.5 hours) of the required 50 hours, may include Job Shadowing. If you are interested in Job Shadowing, please review the requirements here and contact the A+ Coordinator for approval prior to the job shadow.
What are the basic FAQs about the A+ program?
Incoming freshmen, as well as current LHS students have questions about the A+ program. Basic FAQs of the A+ program and valuable information can be found here
Metropolitan Community College A+ Program
Read more about using your A+ benefits at MCC by clicking here
4 Year Missouri Colleges Participating in A+
Find a list of four-year universities participating in the A+ program here
Northwest Missouri State University FastTracks program
FastTracks is an affordable, accessible and focused way to earn your associate and bachelor's degrees simultaneously through Metropolitan Community College and Northwest Missouri State University. Read more about the accelerated and affordable FastTrack program here.
Community, Vocational, and Technical A+ Schools
For tutoring opportunities or other A+ questions, contact Mrs. Cahill!
What is the A+ program?
- The A+ Scholarship is a Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) program, that will provide scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools (maximum of $175.25 per credit hour) that attend an eligible Missouri public community college, vocational, or technical school. To qualify for the A+ benefit, you must complete a FAFSA and enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) within 48 months after graduation from high school.
- Many 4-year Universities in Missouri offer a benefit to students who graduate with A+ status; please look under the Resources heading on this page to find out more.
- NOTE: LPS is considered an Out-of-District school at MCC. Tuition is paid according to a set amount per credit hour and does not include Individual Course fees, Supply fees or Books. Currently, MCC Out-of-District tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is set at $190.00 per credit hour.
What are the requirements to complete the A+ program?
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Attend an A+ qualified high school for 2 years/4 semesters
- Enroll in the A+ program via signed application
- Complete 50 hours of unpaid tutoring (this is total and can be accumulated over the 4 years of high school)
- Maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA (cumulative)
- Maintain a 95% attendance rate (cumulative)
- Score Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I EOC**
- Maintain a record of good student citizenship
- Fill out/complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid)
- Register with the Selective Service (males only, Federal Law)
**Students who do not score Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I EOC, may elect to re-take it the end of 1st semester senior year, or achieve a qualifying score on the Math portion of the ACT:
ACT Math Score GPA
15 3.0 or higher
16 2.8 or higher
17 2.5 or higher
FAFSA InformationIf you are still needing assistance in filling out your FAFSA, please reach out to Maple Woods directly. While their FAFSA Completion events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, support is still available.Please mark your calendars for the following dates at MCC - Maple Woods:
FAFSA Frenzy and Completion events are for ANY student, planning on attending ANY post-secondary school. Bring your 2018 W-2 and tax information to apply for the 2020-2021 FAFSA and utilize the free assistance available in completing the application!*The 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available beginning October 1, 2019. The 20-21 FAFSA is for August 2020 through July 2021. Any senior wanting to attend post-secondary summer classes, (June and July 2020) must fill out a 2019-2020 FAFSA in order to receive financial aid.*Any student wanting to use their A+ benefit, must make a good faith effort to secure financial assistance funds by filling out by filling out the FAFSA.*For updates regarding A+ deadlines and information, be sure to follow us @LHSAplusPlease see the following handouts for more FAFSA information:
- April 13th -- Enrollment for MCC Summer & Fall 2020 classes begin!
- June 10th -- FAFSA Completion Event, 2-6pm, Admin Building - room 114
Federal DeadlineOnline applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2021. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 14, 2020.State DeadlineMissouri - For priority consideration, submit application your application by February 1, 2020. Applications are accepted through April 1, 2020, by midnight, Central Time. Awards made until funds are depleted.College DeadlineCheck with the college(s) you are interested in attending and/or contact the Financial Aid Office. School deadlines are usually early in the year (often in February or March, although some are even earlier now that the FAFSA form is available in October). You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.
- Best Practices for Creating an FSA ID
- FSA ID Username and Password Information
- 2019-2020 FAFSA Checklist – Have These Documents On-Hand
- 2019-2021 FAFSA Checklist
- Announcing MCC-Maple Woods Campus FAFSA Frenzy and FAFSA Completion Events for 2019-2020