A+ PROGRAM INFORMATION
This program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating public community college or career/technical school. Eligibility for this scholarship includes:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (need SSN and the ability to file a FAFSA).
- Submit a Participation Agreement by February 1 of your senior year of high school.
- Attend a designated A+ high school for 2 years prior to graduation.
- Graduate with an overall unweighted grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
- Have at least a cumulative 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.
- Performing at least 50 hours of unpaid Parkway tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25 hrs might include unpaid community service with a non-profit organization.
- Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol while in grades 9-12. This includes no more than 9 days of suspension throughout high school.
- Have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam or a higher level DESE approved end-of-course exam in the field of mathematics.
Interested in joining A+? Students must be logged into their Parkway Google account and fill out 3 quick questions on this A+ INTEREST FORM. You will then receive an automatically-generated email from the district (A+ Program Next Steps) with links to complete the tutor training and participation agreement. After completing all of these steps, you, your parents, and Mrs. Prange will receive confirmation of enrolling in the A+ program. The "Tutoring & Mentoring Handbook" below has valuable information on ways to get started and log sheets to track your hours.
Student A+ status is available online via the student and parent Infinite Campus login. (NOTE: All students are marked "Not Yet Eligible" on the A+ tab until they graduate from high school)
Not attending an A+ affiliated college/university, but want to take some college classes for free? Our community colleges will allow students to use their A+ funds for summer enrollment ONLY in the summer semester immediately following a student's high school graduation. If you are a graduating senior and would like to take advantage of free credit hours this summer, please review the information at each community college. Ex: STLCC or SCC
Local OpportunitiesThis list is not inclusive, but includes opportunities used by Central High students in the past. If you have other ideas, feel free to connect with Mrs. Prange to see if the time will work for either tutoring/mentoring or community service. Use the log sheets on pages 8-9 in the Tutoring Handbook and turn in (physical paper or take a pic/scan and email) to Mrs. Prange by May 1 of senior year.* * TUTORING/MENTORING OPTIONS (to count as tutoring/mentoring, it must be on Parkway property with a supervising Parkway staff member) - 25-50 of the 50 hours must fall in this category
- A+ Tutoring at Parkway Central Middle - help with after-school programming from 3:20-4:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays
- Parkway/Rockwood Adventure Club (to count for A+ you would have to be unpaid/volunteering!)
- Parkway Outdoor School (6th grade camp) Counselor - applications due by September 1st!
- PATH (Peers Advocating for Total Health)
- PE Mentor, Culinary Mentor and/or Art Mentor class at PCH - check with your counselor to see if a mentor class will fit into your Jr/Sr schedule
- Student Aide at PCH - check with your counselor to see if this might fit into your Sr schedule (must be tutoring/mentoring other students to count)
- Peer tutoring - must be on Parkway property with a Parkway staff member supervising your time
- Parkway Summer Tutoring - each year students have an opportunity to sign up to serve as a teacher's assistant in our Central area elementary summer program. Sign up is usually in the spring and fulfills most, if not all, of your required tutoring hours.
* * COMMUNITY SERVICE OPTIONS (to count as community service, it must be unpaid service with a non-profit organization) - 0-25 of the 50 hours may count in this category.
Central High A+ Coordinator: Nana Prange
- Parkway Central - Project Help
- St. Louis County Library
- Butterfly House
- Humane Society of Missouri
- Missouri House Rabbit Society of St. Louis
- St. Louis County Pet Adoption Center
- Jewish Community Center
- KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) St. Louis
- Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
- Friends of Kids with Cancer
- Ready Readers
- Artists First
- St. Louis Area Foodbank
- United Way
- Volunteen Nation
- Volunteer Match
- Volunteer Crowd - create free account to search opportunities
Email Address: NPrange@parkwayschools.net