Missouri Option Program

The Missouri Option Program is designed to target students who have the capabilities to complete Missouri High School Graduation Requirements,but for a variety of reasons lack the credits needed to graduate with their class and are at risk of leaving school without a high school diploma. In addition, the program is also available for those who have previously dropped out of high school and would like a second chance at earning their high school diploma.

Click to View The Missouri Option Program Packet

Program Eligibility:

- No younger than 17years of age and no older than 20 years of age

- At least a senior in high school

- At least one year behind their cohort group or for other significant reasons identified in the local Missouri Option Program plan.

Note: For the Missouri Option Program, cohort is defined as when a student started kindergarten, not high school.

Students in the Missouri Option Program are awarded a full highs chool diploma recognized by the Francis Howell School District and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the State of Missouri. This diploma is as legitimate as any diploma awarded by any of the traditional high schools in the district.

Graduation Requirements:

- Successful completion of 1 credit in an American Government class

- Successful completion of the American Government End of Course Exam

- Successful completion of the Missouri Constitution Test

- Successful completion of the US Constitution Test

- Successful completion of a ½ credit in a Personal Finance class

- Successful completion of a ½ credit in a Health class

- Successful completion of the HiSET exam

- Successful completion of the class hours required in the program

- Successful completion of the work hours/volunteer hours required for the program

The Missouri Option Program room has the capability to allow a student to complete all of the above requirements, if not already completed prior to entrance to the program.

The Missouri Option Program is NOT an "early out" program or"easy out" alternative. It is specifically intended to meet the needs of students who are credit-deficient (for whatever reasons), but who otherwise could be expected to meet regular graduation requirements. This program is NOT intended to prepare students for the MO High School Equivalency exam (HiSET); it provides substantive academic content aligned with the school's regular curriculum and expectations. Students must attend school regularly and have access to the kind of counseling and support services that are available to all students.

If you are interested in the FHSD Missouri Option Program, please contact your academic advisor to begin the application process. Any questions or concerns, please consult the Missouri Option Program Information Packet and Application, contact your academic advisor, or contact the Missouri Option Program Coordinator.

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