COUCH SCHOOL -- On Aug. 21 and Sept. 8 Couch R-1 freshmen and their parents and newly enrolled sophomores were invited to attend a Sing-In Celebration for the A+ Program. Twenty students decided to become A+ members.
According to A+ advisor Sharon Mathis, the program gives students the opportunity to take advantage of funding for tuition, fees and up to 50 percent of book costs to attend a Missouri community college or technical school for two years following graduation from high school. She said all funding is contingent upon legislative funding.
The school now has 53 students who are striving to meet eligibility requirements for A+ funding. Requirements for eligibility include: attending a designated A+ school for three consecutive years, graduating with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a four point scale, maintaining at least a 95 percent attendance record through high school, performing 50 hours of unpaid tutoring/mentoring and maintaining a record of good citizenship which includes abstaining from the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products.
Mathis said the students at the school are striving for A+ designation for next school year also. She said students who signed up for the program last year and who will graduate at the end of that academic year may receiving funding if they have met all the eligibility requirements.