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. Wolfley 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 can be entered.
**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. Wolfley'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 A+ 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 influenza or COVID, 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. Camp and program volunteering (Boy Scouts, church, etc.), 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.
*Peer Tutoring - We often have requests for tutors in the following subjects: Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies. 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, please contact Mr. McDorman or fill out this google form. If a student requests tutoring in a subject you're interested in tutoring, we will contact you to set up a time to peer tutor.
*Kid's Zone Tutoring - If you are interested in tutoring before or after school at one of our elementary Kid's Zone sites, please contact Ms. Hanna-Lushin. The A+ student will need to plan on meeting with the Kid's Zone Program Coordinator, Megan Hanna-Lushin, about location, days/time and expectations for tutoring during Kid's Zone hours, prior to placement.
*Pre-Approved Job Shadowing - Up to 25% (or 12.5 hours) of the required 50 hours, may include Job Shadowing/Internship. If you are interested in Job Shadowing, please review the requirements here and contact the A+ Coordinator for approval prior to the job shadow.
*Summer Adventure - LPS offers summer school during the month of June for grades K-12.
- All students that would like to tutor during the month of June, MUST have an A+ Application on file and have 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 - LPS offers Camp Invention during one week of the summer. Any enrolled A+ student that has their Training session completed, is eligible to earn 40 tutoring hours through Camp Invention's Leadership Intern program. Please email Dr. Krohne and let him know you would be interested!
*Reading Boosters at MCPL - Reading Boosters is canceled at this time. If MCPL reopens this program we will post their information here.
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 at the link above.
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 your A+ Coordinators in the front office.
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.
- 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 2020-2021 school year waas set at $190.00 per credit hour. Out-of-district (but in-state) tuition is still under review for the '21-22 school year.
- To use A+ monies, students must enroll and attend full-time at a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or private two-year vocational/technical school. (Students who have a disability as defined by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and are unable to enroll full time because of their disability but are enrolled in at least six credit hours may be considered to be enrolled full time.)
- Students must be seeking a degree or certificate at the school in which you are enrolled. For example, a student may not use A+ money part time to enroll in summer classes without enrolling in a degree seeking program.
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 needing assistance in filling out your FAFSA, please reach out to Maple Woods directly.Please visit this website for more FAFSA information from MCC - Maple Woods:
Keep an eye on the Maple Woods Financial Aid website to see when FAFSA events may be hosted.*The 2021-2022 FAFSA is available beginning October 1, 2020. The 21-22 FAFSA is for August 2021 through July 2022. Any senior wanting to attend post-secondary summer classes, (June and July 2020) must fill out a 2020-2021 FAFSA in order to receive financial aid for those summer classes.*Any student wanting to use their A+ benefit, must make a good faith effort to secure financial assistance funds by filling out the 2021-2022 FAFSA.*For priority consideration, submit your FAFSA application by Feb. 1, 2021. Applications are accepted through April 1, 2021, by midnight CT.*For updates regarding A+ deadlines and information, be sure to follow us @LHSAplus on Twitter.Please see the following handouts for more FAFSA information:
- To get priority consideration for financial aid, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1st. MCC's school code is 002484.
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, 2021.State DeadlineMissouri - For priority consideration, submit application your application by February 1, 2021. Applications are accepted through April 1, 2021, by midnight, CT. Awards are 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
- FAFSA Checklist – Read This While Filling Out Your FAFSA