COUCH -- On April 21 the Couch R-1 School District became an A+ designated school.
According to A+ Coordinator Lacey Sorrell, last year the school graduated nine students as A+ qualified students.
"It is the goal of Couch School to maintain the A+ program so that many more graduates will receive the benefits of the A+ program. One way to maintain the program is to have an active advisory and partnership committees," she said.
Sorrell said an A+ newsletter has been established and will be sent to parents of A+ students at the school. Sorrell said it is important for parents to pay attention to the newsletter because it will give them important information regarding the program.
All four schools in Oregon County are A+ schools. The program is a school improvement initiative established by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993.
"The program is geared toward raising academic standards, opening new doors to higher education and introducing students to the teaching profession through tutoring and mentoring activities," Sorrell said. She said the nine A+ students who graduated last year were qualified to receive funds to any two-year community college or career technical school in the state of Missouri.
"We currently have 63 students, 10th, 11th and 12th graders, enrolled in the program at our school. Students who graduate from a designated A+ school may qualify for state paid assistance to attend any public community college or career technical school in the state," Sorrell said.
She said several requirements must be met to participate in the A+ program and receive tuition reimbursements. She said some of those include entering into a written agreement; attending the designated A+ school for three years prior to graduating; graduating from high school with an overall grade point average of 2.5 points or higher on a 4-point scale, which is a C average; having at least a 95-percent attendance record in high school; performing 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring for younger students; maintaining a record of good citizenship; and avoidance of the unlawful use of drugs and alcohol.
For more information about the A+ program at Couch School call Sorrell at 417-938-4212.