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Missouri Option Program

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About the Missouri Option Program

The Missouri Option Program permits full-time, public school enrolled students who are at least 17 years of age and 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.  The Missouri Option Program is competency-based and approved by the State Board of Education.  The program utilizes a high school equivalency exam as content mastery for graduation purposes.  The exam sanctioned by the state for the Missouri Option program is the HiSET® test.  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 is an effective means to retain students, lower drop-out rates and improve college and career readiness. Districts and Charters may participate in Missouri Option by submitting an application.

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

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.

Missouri Option Workshop Information

Missouri Option Workshop Information

Each July, Missouri Option new/experienced teacher workshops and program updates are presented at the Missouri Alternative Education Network (MAEN) Annual Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks.  When available, information and registration for this conference will be posted on the MAEN website.

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.

Missouri Option Staff Contacts

  • Dale Wimer, Supervisor
  • 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