The Missouri Option Program, sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is for students ages 17 or older 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.
The Missouri Option program provides seniors at risk of not graduating or dropping out an alternative opportunity to earn a Francis Howell School District Diploma. Each student interested in the Missouri Option program will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The program provides an opportunity for these students to earn a Francis Howell School District diploma by meeting the specific requirements.
There are two sessions to choose from for the Missouri Option Program. The first session is from 7:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. and the second session is from 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Please discuss any transportation issues with Missouri Option 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 Francis Howell School District graduates. They will receive a diploma (not from a specific high school), and will be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.
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)
The Missouri Option program follows the guidelines of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. More information on the program can be found on the DESE website.
Students interested in learning more about Francis Howell’s Missouri Option Program should first contact their school administrator or counselor. These individuals can gauge the student’s initial qualifications (age, credit status, etc.) and, upon their recommendation, a GED practice test will be given. If the GED practice test scores indicate the student would be a good match for the program, an orientation meeting is held with the student and parent/guardian to review the program details and requirements. Students are not enrolled into Missouri Option until they have reviewed and signed a contract indicating they understand the benefits, as well as the restrictions, of the program.