Liberty High School and Liberty North High School are privileged to have been designated as A+ high schools by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD). We are pleased to offer the opportunity for our graduates to continue their education at a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools while receiving financial scholarship funds from the State.
Benefits and Eligibility for A+ student(s):
- A student graduating with A+ status may be eligible for two years of scholarship funds, at a pre-determined benefit per credit hour, to attend any accredited public Missouri community college or vocational/technical school as a full-time student. Tuition benefits may cover tuition and general fees. LPS is considered Out-of-District at Metropolitan Community College. Tuition and fees at MCC can be found by clicking here.
- An A+ student may be eligible for scholarship incentives from many Missouri four-year colleges and universities. Note that it is the A+ applicants responsibility to verify any potential A+ related incentive available at a Missouri four-year college or university.
- Student eligibility expires 48 months after the graduation date documented on the A+student's high school transcript, or upon completion of 105% of the hours required for the program, or upon receipt of an associate's degree.
An A+ student must meet the following requirements:
- Be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident.
- Enter into a written agreement, by enrolling with your high school, prior to graduation.
- Attend a designated A+ high school for two years prior to graduation.
- Graduate with an unweighted, cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Graduate with at least a 95% cumulative attendance record for grades 9 - 12.
- Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring to other students, via approved tutoring opportunities, in Liberty Public Schools. Twenty five percent (12.5 hours) of the 50 hours may include job shadowing prior to graduation. Please see your A+ Coordinator for job shadow approval/requirements.
- Score proficient or advanced on the state level Algebra I End of Course Exam OR achieve a combined ACT math sub score and high school GPA in accordance with the scale set forth by MDHEWD.
- Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the use of alcohol and unlawful drugs while in grades 9-12.
- Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) prior to becoming eligible for A+ Financial Reimbursement.
- Register for the Selective Service (males) upon 18th birthday.
Recommendations for A+ student(s):
- Sign up early in high school so there is time to complete the tutoring portion of the A+ requirements and receive college and career information from the A+ coordinator. Signing up early also allows the coordinator to monitor GPA and attendance.
- Enroll in the A+ Program even if planning to attend a four-year college, or enter the workforce, rather than attend college. The A+ Program is an opportunity for students to access additional education after high school; it does not obligate them to use the A+ tuition reimbursement. The A+ benefits are available to A+ graduate(s) within 48 months of high school graduation.
Opportunities for tutoring experiences include:
- Tutor peers before school, after school, or during LHS Liberty Hour or LNHS L1-4 Study Period.
- Tutor LPS students in approved STEM/STEAM based before or after school activities.
- Tutor LPS students during Summer Adventure, Summer School/credit recovery, Camp Invention, etc. during the non-school term.
- Enroll in EIP to earn high school elective credit. (Actual tutoring hours earned varies particular to parameters of student enrollment in the EIP class.)
- Enroll in A+ (seniors only), a no-credit, semester long class, designated for tutoring. Students must have approval from their Counselor and A+ Coordinator.
A process for A+ Training and placement will be distributed to students by your building’s A+ Coordinator. For additional information about the A+ Program, visit the A+ web page on each building's website, or contact your building’s A+ Coordinator.
LHS A+ Coordinator: David McDorman & Rebecca Cahill LHS A+ Web page
LNHS A+ Coordinator: Dr. Lee Allen & Julie Kinder LNHS A+ Web page