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About the Missouri Option Program

The Missouri Option Program permits full-time, public school enrolled students who are age 17 to 20 years and who are at risk of dropping out or not graduating with their cohort group the opportunity to earn a standard high school diploma. Graduation through the Missouri Option Program is not dependent on Carnegie credit attainment.  It is a competency-based program approved by the State School Board that utilizes a high school equivalency exam as an end-of-course event testing content mastery for graduation purposes.  The exam, sanctioned by the state for the Missouri Option program, is the HiSET test, developed and distributed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Additional information regarding the new Missouri High School Equivalency Test may be found at http://hiset.ets.org/.  Missouri Option students successfully passing the exam and completing all other program requirements are eligible to receive a high school diploma.

The Missouri Option Program has been adopted by approximately half of Missouri’s school districts and charter schools as an effective means to positively impact MSIP plans through the retention of students, the lowering of drop-out rates and increased College and Career and Graduate factors.  School districts and charter schools may participate in Missouri Option by submitting an application

For more information, contact the Missouri Option Office at 573-751-3190, 573-751-4426 or [email protected].  

Missouri Option Program Application

Missouri school districts and charter schools planning to operate a new Missouri Option Program during the school year are asked to submit a complete Missouri Option Program Application. The application period for new programs is open throughout the year.

School districts and charter schools that wish to renew their existing Missouri Option program must complete and submit the first page of the application and any subsequent pages requiring updates (program locations, contact person, phone numbers, etc.). Renewal applications are due each year by August 15.

The current Missouri Option Program Application is now available to Missouri school districts and charter schools. After completing the application, save a copy for your files, click on the envelope icon at the top of the page and select “Send Copy” to: [email protected].

For more information, contact the Missouri Option Office at 573-751-3190 or 573-751-4426 or [email protected].

Missouri Option Workshop Information

July 19-21, 2015: Missouri Alternative Education Network (MAEN) Annual Conference

Missouri Option updates and workshops will be presented at the MAEN Annual Conference being held at the Country Club Hotel & Spa, Lake Ozark, on July 19-21, 2015. Registration for this conference is now open and can be found on the MAEN website at: http://maen4kids.org/.

HiSET Registration Handbook for MO Option Teachers and Administrators

This handbook provides Missouri Option teachers and administrators (Associates) with a step-by-step walk-through of the HiSET student registration and payment process. 

Contact ETS/HiSET for questions or assistance at: [email protected] or 1-855-694-4738

Steps to Access the HiSET Registration System

In order to access the HiSET Registration System, a User ID is required.  An initial username and password will be provided to MO Option teachers/administrators who have provided their profile information to the state MO Option office. If you are a MO Option teacher and will be registering students to test, but have not yet provided your profile information, please submit a request to:[email protected].


Missouri Option Staff Contacts

Dale Wimer
Telephone:  (573) 751-3190

Julie Carroll
Administrative Assistant
Telephone:  (573) 751-4426

FAX:(573) 522-1759
Mailing Address:
Missouri Option Program
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Street Address:
Missouri Option Program
Jefferson State Office Building
205 Jefferson St., Seventh Floor
Jefferson City, MO  65101