Oak Grove High School is close to receiving A-plus certification.
Another Eastern Jackson County high school is giving students a chance to earn two free years of college tuition.
“This is another opportunity for kids,” said Oak Grove High School assistant principal Adam Salmon. “With the rising costs of a college education, A-plus is there to help them.”
Salmon spoke about Oak Grove High School’s recent A-plus review at the Board of Education meeting Monday. The review was on Oct. 15 and with a few minor “paperwork” changes, the school should receive its official A-plus certification from the Missouri State Board of Education in April.
Salmon said the changes, which will be considered by the school board in November, include items such as an internal review of the counseling department to make sure career planning is a priority; making minor adjustments to the high school curriculum objectives and updating the school district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.
“It is all minor fixes,” he said. “I think the review went fairly well, we just have to make a few improvements.”
To complete the A-plus program, students must attend an A-plus designated high school for three years immediately prior to graduation; graduate with at least a 2.5 grade-point average; graduate with a 95 percent attendance record for a four-year period; perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring and maintain a good record of citizenship.
Male students must also register under the United States Military Selective Service Act.
The graduating class of 2009 will be the first to benefit from the A-plus status. Students will be eligible for up to two years of paid tuition to any community college or career and technical school in Missouri. Currently 330 students are involved in the program at Oak Grove High School.
“Of course we would like the participation to be higher, but that is almost half of the students at the high school,” Salmon said. "We would like everyone to be involved, but there are some kids who just aren’t interested in going to community college.”
Once certified, Oak Grove will follow Grain Valley, Blue Springs and Blue Springs South high schools, which all received certification in January.
Other area A-plus high schools include Truman, William Chrisman, Van Horn, Fort Osage, Lee's Summit North and Raytown.