MO Options Program
Student will attend a minimum of 15 hours per week of instructional time and a minimum of 15 hours per week of work. The student will attend either First or Second Block (depending on the student’s contract). Before a student is admitted into this program, they must score at an 8th grade level on the TABE test in all areas. Students will be given Pre tests to familiarize themselves with the style of the HiSet test. Once the student reaches a 500 on all areas of the Pre test, they will be assigned a test date. The student is responsible for the $95.00 for taking the HiSet.
Missouri Options students must meet the following criteria:
- 17 years of age or older
- Attend school 95% of the time (After enrolling into the program)
- At least one year’s credit behind their cohort group
- Provide a valid state ID (driver’s or non-driver’s license)
- Demonstrate the ability to read independently in English at a level sufficient to successfully complete HiSet instruction and testing
- Participation is voluntary (no credit)
- Student and parent/guardian must sign a consent form
- Workforce development activities/instruction must be integrated with other instruction to enhance the student’s life skills/employability skills and to prove academic instruction so they can pass the GED test
- To be eligible for graduation from high school in Missouri, students must also pass Government (including the federal and state constitution tests), Personal Finance and Health
- A minimum of 15 hours of academic instruction per week will be provided. In addition, students must also average 15 hours of work/volunteer time a week or be enrolled in other school supervised instructional activities that lead to student’s classification by the district as a full-time student
- The school district shall issue a regular high school diploma and the opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony
- Students who are fired from their job will be removed from the MO Options Program and moved to Track III. Students who lose their job for other reasons will be given 2 weeks to find a new job
Students missing enough days to drop their semester attendance below 95% will be given one chance to make up the missed time. After this opportunity, the student will be dropped from the MO Options Program, and be enrolled in Track III. The number of allowable absences will be noted on the student’s contract.
The HiSet test is over five areas of study: Language Arts, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies. All 5 sections must be passed in order to receive a diploma through the Mo Options program. In order for a student to earn a diploma, the Hiset must be passed and all other program requirements must be met. This state-run program allows MO-Option students to take the HiSet test only as a validation for receiving their high school diploma.