Missouri Options

The Missouri Option Program, sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is for students ages 17 - 20 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.  Also, the program offers those students who have dropped out an opportunity to return to school to earn a high school 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.   
Student Eligibility
• Age - Student must be at least 17-years old, in their senior year, and no more than 20 years of age.
• Credits - Student must be at least one year’s credit behind their cohort group (class), or for other significant reasons identified in the local plan, be unable to complete their diploma with their cohort group.  Cohort is defined as the year that a student enrolled in Kindergarten.
• Locator - Student must have at least an eighth grade reading and math level. There may be exceptions pending the student’s strengths and needs.  This is identified by administering a locator test (TABE).
Enrollment -  The student must be officially enrolled in one of the four Francis Howell High Schools (Francis Howell High, Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell North, Francis Howell Union) to enroll in the Missouri Option Program. The student does not need to be enrolled to apply, but once the student is accepted,  they must enroll. The student must live within the FHSD boundaries, however.
Procedure and Requirements for Graduation
Students completing the Missouri Option Program will receive a Francis Howell School District High School Diplomas and will be considered a high school graduate. A student will complete the program and receive their high school diploma when they have met the following criteria:
o   1 credit in an American Government class
o   Passing score on the Missouri Constitution test
o   Passing score on the US Constitution test
o   ½ credit in a Personal Finance class
o   ½ credit in a Health class
o   Successful completion of the HiSET exam
o   Successful completion of the class hours required in the program (15 per week)
o   Successful completion of the work hours/volunteer hours required for the program (15 per week)

For More information, please contact your school counselor or:
John DeSpain
Missouri Option Program Coordinator
Francis Howell Union High School
ph: 636-851-4862
fax: 636-851-4127


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