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Vol. 45, No. 48

July 7, 2011

Fall Enrollment Opens for MoVIP Online Courses

Fall enrollment for online classes is now open through the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP), state education officials announced today.

MoVIP, now in its fifth year, offers a wide range of courses for all Missourians in grades K-12, including public, private and home school students.  The virtual instruction program is administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“The MoVIP program provides convenient access to in-demand or hard-to-obtain courses and delivers the flexibility often needed for homebound or busy students,” said Shawn Brice, MoVIP director.

The 2011-12 catalog features a variety of courses, including seven foreign languages and 19 Advanced Placement courses.  All courses are taught by Missouri-certified teachers and are aligned with the state's Show-Me Standards.

"Some students take MoVIP classes to graduate early or to solve class scheduling problems," Brice said.  "Other students take advantage of the basic classes for credit recovery."

MoVIP transitioned to a tuition-based program last year.  School districts or parents now pay for MoVIP classes which can be taken full- or part-time.  The average cost for a class is about $300.

State law allows all public school districts the option of receiving state aid for the online classes, but local policies determine participation.  The state legislature also provides funds to offer a limited number of seats for students who have been designated medically fragile and cannot attend school due to their condition.

Registration for fall classes is open through September.