Effective Beginning Class of 2010

The Missouri State Board of Education awards the College Preparatory Studies Certificate to Missouri students who successfully complete a rigorous academic program in high school. This certificate was designed to recognize those students who not only exceed the stateís minimum graduation requirements, but who also demonstrate a commitment to good school attendance. To be eligible students must:

1. Complete a rigorous personal plan of study cooperatively developed by the school, the student and the studentís parents. The personal plan of study should be developed around a career path or cluster and must include at least these units of credit.

*4 Credits English / Language Arts

*4 Credits Math -- Algebra I (Integrated I or Elements of Algebra) or above Algebra taken in 8th grade may be counted

*3 Credits Science -- Biology I or above

*3 Credits Social Studies

1 Credit Fine Arts (vocal or instrumental music or art)

.5 Personal Finance

.5 Health

 1 Credit Practical Arts (Business, Home Economics, Industrial Arts, Vocational Agriculture, RTI

1 Credit Physical Education

3 Specified Core Electives (foreign language, and upper level courses in English, mathematics, social studies, science and fine arts)

4 Credits Electives


2. Earn at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, in the combined subject areas of English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

3. Score above the prior yearís national composite average mean on the American College Test (ACT). This criterion is revised annually to reflect the latest national averages from ACT.  For 2010-2011 the score is 21.

4. Maintain a 9-12 attendance rate of at least 95 percent.

5. Complete a strong academic program, as specifically outlined in the section

The ACT test is given each year in September, October, December, February, April, and June. Students must register approximately one month in advance. Please see the counselors for information and registration packets or register online at