A+ Schools Program
In 1994, North Kansas City Schools received two A+ School Program grants for North Kansas City and Winnetonka high schools. At the time, state guidelines for A+ Schools only allowed two grants per district. However, North Kansas City Schools made a commitment to provide district support for Oak Park High School to meet the A+ Schools Program requirements, as well. In the spring of 2008, Staley High School was designated as an A+ high school.
North Kansas City Schools was the first multi-high school district in the state to have all high schools in its district designated as A+ Schools. The district was also first in the Kansas City metro area to receive A+ designation. The A+ Schools Program is part of the district School To Career Program.
Instituted as part of Senate Bill 380 (Outstanding Schools Act) by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the A+ Schools Program has set three goals:
- All students graduate from high school
- All students complete a selection of high school studies that is challenging and for which there are identified learning expectations
- All students proceed from high school graduation to college or post-secondary vocational or technical school, or high-wage job with workplace skill development opportunities.
To learn more about A+ Schools Program in Missouri go to: http://www.dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php