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Student Criteria

Quality: Obtain no transcript grade lower than a “C”
Attendance: Achieve a 90-95% attendance record
Persistence: On schedule to complete high school in four consecutive years
Goal Setting: Take more than the minimum number of credits required for graduation

Details:

  • School Counts! graduates with 95% attendance level will be eligible for up to $1,500 per semester for four semesters if they do not have at least that amount in other grants or scholarships. Students with 90% attendance level will be eligible for up to $1,000 per semester for four semesters if they do not have at least that amount in other grants or scholarships. School Counts! graduates who do not receive tuition support will receive up to $250 per semester in textbook assistance. (Effective for 2019 graduates)
  • Juniors and Seniors who meet the School Counts! criteria with 95% attendance level will be eligible for financial assistance for 6 hours of concurrent general education credit at UACCM per semester.  Those with 90% attendance level will be eligible for financial assistance for 3 hours of concurrent general education credit at UACCM per semester. Eligibility is evaluated on a yearly basis. (Effective fall 2018) 
  • Out-of-school suspensions will exclude students from School Counts!.
  • Transfer students will have their eligibility evaluated according to established criteria; once accepted into School Counts!, the student will then be measured the same as other students.
  • Medical absences will be included in absence report, but can be appealed through building administration to the School Counts! Steering Committee.
  • Certification will be on a yearly basis in grades 9-12.
  • One “D” grade may be dropped from a student’s record over a four-year period.
  • Weighted courses in the curriculum will count based on the numerical value as set forth by the state Department of Education.  (E.g., a grade of “D” in a course awarded a 2.00 grade point will be calculated as a “C” for purposes of meeting the School Counts! criteria.)
  • Courses with “D” grades may be retaken. The highest grade obtained in the course will be the official grade for the School Counts! initiative.
  • Any student who has repeated a grade level in high school is ineligible for the School Counts! Program.

Scholarships or awards made that are based on services rendered or hours worked by the student will not be counted against a student’s financial aid award in determining eligibility for School Counts!

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