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Alternative Programs

Missouri Option Program (MoP)

Program Overview

General Information:
The Missouri Option program, sponsored through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is for students, ages 17 and older, who are at least one full year of credit behind their class (a full year is defined as 6 credits behind where the particular student should be in order to graduate on time - ex:  a student starting senior year should have 18 credits to be on track to graduate, and therefore should have 12 or fewer credits to be eligible for Missouri Options). The Missouri Option program provides students at risk of not graduating or dropping out an alternative opportunity to earn a Parkway School District diploma. Once a student decides to enroll in the Missouri Option program, the student forfeits his or her opportunity to re-enroll in any other Parkway school or program. The program is not intended as an avenue for early graduation, nor is it an ideal match for students currently in their junior year. For the purposes of this program, high school status is determined by the year the student started kindergarten. Each student interested in the Missouri Option program will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Missouri Option program provides an opportunity for these students to earn a Parkway School District diploma by meeting the following requirements:

• Attend class 15 hours per week
• Provide documentation of either working or doing community service 15 hours per week (students will have full-time status if they meet the 30 hour per week requirement)
• Pass a Government course
• Pass the U.S. and MO Constitution exams
• Pass a Personal Finance course
• Pass a Health course
• Pass all parts of the GED exam

Approximately ten students from all five Parkway high schools are enrolled in the program at one time. As one student completes the program, another student will be enrolled.

Daily Schedule:
The classroom hours for the Missouri Option program are 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Resident students are responsible for their own transportation. The Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) provides transportation for students residing in the City of St. Louis. Please discuss any transportation issues with Missouri Options’ staff.

Breakfast and lunch are available to Missouri Option students on a daily basis. Students can utilize accounts and pin numbers to purchase food.

Graduation & Diploma:
Students who complete all components of the Missouri Option program will be considered Parkway School District graduates. They will receive a Parkway School District diploma (not from a specific high school), and will be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony at Fern Ridge High School.

Student Transcripts:
A student’s transcripts will be modified after joining and completing the Missouri Option program. The student’s previous academic history will be documented in the same way; however, the student’s overall GPA will be replaced with the student’s GED scores.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Link:
The Missouri Option program follows the guidelines of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. More information on the program can be found at the following website: http://dese.mo.gov/divcareered/Missouri_option.htm