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/Citizenship 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.
*Reading Boosters at MCPL - The Liberty branch of MCPL is offering "Reading Boosters" on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, from 4:30-5:30pm, January 14, 2020 through March 12, 2020. MCPL requires their own training, in addition, to the required A+ Training, to tutor at their facility. LHS A+ tutors that have attended A+ Training at Liberty High School, and are interested in reading to children, Kindergarten through 3rd grade, need to read through the Reading Booster's Volunteer Letter, then fill out an MCPL Volunteer Application! Mandatory MCPL Training for the WINTER Reading Boosters program is Tuesday, December 3rd, 4:30-5:30 p.m. OR Thursday, December 5th, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Liberty Branch of MCPL, 1000 Kent Street, Liberty, MO 64068. Happy Reading! (A+ Tutors that attended the Fall 2019 MCPL Volunteer Training, do not need to re-attend to participate in the winter session.)
*Bricks 4 Kidz - Early Engineers after-school LEGO club is offering students, grades 1-5, enrichment classes teaching principles of STEM by utilizing motorized LEGO models! A+ Tutors interested in tutoring for the Early Engineers six-week program, should contact Michael Jobe and indicate the elementary school, dates, and times you are available.
- Shoal Creek Elementary: Mondays, Jan. 27th - March 2nd (no class Feb. 17th), 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
- Liberty Oaks Elementary: Tuesdays, Jan. 28th - March 3rd, 2:50 - 3:50 p.m.
- Manor Hill Elementary: Wednesdays, Jan. 29th - March 4th, 2:50 - 3:50 p.m.
- Alexander Doniphan Elementary: Thursdays, Jan. 30th - March 5th, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
*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 Mrs. Cahill.
*KidZone Tutoring - If you are interested in tutoring before or after school at one of our elementary KidZone sites, please contact Mrs. Hillebrand. The A+ student will need to plan on meeting with the KidZone Assistant Program Director, Nancy Hillebrand, M.Ed, 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.
*Summer Adventure - LPS offers summer school for grades K-12, June 4-28th. Registration for summer tutoring will open in April 2020.
- All students that would like to tutor during the month of June, MUST have an A+ Application on file, and completed the A+ Training.
- Please note that there will be a maximum of 6.5 hours awarded for each full day of summer school.
*Camp Invention - Camp Invention is held at one of our elementary schools, mid-July. Any enrolled A+ student that has their Training session completed, is eligible to earn 40 tutoring hours through Camp Invention's Leadership Intern program.
If you have questions about what qualifies as tutoring hours for the A+ program, please do not hesitate to visit with Mrs. Cahill in the Main Office of Liberty High School or contact her via email at email@example.com.
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
Read more about the accelerated and affordable FastTrack program for the following majors: Applied Health Science, Business Management, Communications: Public Relations and Elementary Education.
Community, Vocational, and Technical A+ Schools
For tutoring opportunities or other A+ questions, contact Mrs. Cahill!
What is the A+ program?
- A+ is a Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) program, that will pay your tuition (maximum of $175.25 per credit hour) to any 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 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 InformationPlease 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:
- January 22nd -- FAFSA Frenzy, 2-6pm, location TBA
- January 29th -- FAFSA Completion Event, 2-6pm, Admin Building - room 114
- February 26th -- FAFSA Completion Event, 2-6pm, Admin Building - room 114
- March 25th -- FAFSA Completion Event, 2-6pm, Admin Building - room 114
- April 29th -- FAFSA Completion Event, 2-6pm, Admin Building - room 114
- 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