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A+ Program

The A+ program provides scholarship funds* to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools. Bayless High School became an A+ Designated High School in 2008 by the State Board of Education.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the financial incentives of this program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or lawfully present in the U.S.
  • Enter into a written agreement with Bayless High School prior to graduation.
  • Attend a designated A+ high school for 2 years prior to graduation.
  • Graduate from an A+ designated high school with an overall unweighted grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.
  • Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring on the Bayless campus, supervised by a Bayless faculty member.
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and alcohol.
  • 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.
  • Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

A+ Forms

Important Links

For the most up-to-date information from the state please visit:

For a list of Eligible Post Secondary Schools from the state please visit:

For a list of Eligible A+ Community Colleges and Vocational Technical Schools:

A+ Student Manual 2024-2025

The purpose of the A+ Student manual is to provide students, parents/guardians, and faculty with the current policies and procedures regarding the A+ Schools Program.  For the most current information regarding the A+ Scholarship visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education:

*All reimbursements are dependent upon Bayless High School maintaining its status as an A+ School and the availability of state appropriations from the Missouri General Assembly. Reimbursement is not the funding responsibility of the Bayless School District.