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Parents & Students

 Afterschool Programs
After school programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire students to learn.
State statute requires every school district to have an anti-bullying policy.
 Charter Schools
Charter Schools are independent public schools that are free from rules and regulations that apply to traditional public school districts unless specifically identified in charter school law.
 Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education is imperative to the future of our children. Learn more about opportunities in Missouri.
 Home Schooling
Home schooling is one of the options for educating children, but the Department does not regulate or monitor home schooling in Missouri.
Find information regarding immunization recommendations from birth to senior years.
 School Governance

Find a wide variety of topics, including student residency, school district boundary lines, boards of arbitration, school elections, facility needs and safety.

 School Safety
Find the latest policies and information on security issues such as earthquakes, tornadoes and fires.
 Top 10 by 20
Missouri is currently striving to become one of the top 10 states for education by 2020. Find out how you can help achieve this goal.
Discover the many resources available to help prevent or report bullying.
 College & Career Readiness
All students will have the necessary skills to further their education or compete for jobs in today’s competitive market.
 Guidance & Counseling
The Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program is designed to serve all students in grades K-12 and helps ensure equal opportunity for all students. 
 High School Equivalency Test
Find information pertaining to Missouri’s new high school equivalency test, the HiSET.
 Personal Plan of Study
Learn how all students should set educational goals to make sure they are college and career ready.
Find updated information on the state’s assessment plan.
 Career & Technical Student Organizations
Missouri offers more than a dozen career and technical student organizations. Find out more, including how to participate.
 Graduation Requirements Handbook
This handbook outlines what is required to graduate high school in Missouri.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
 Missouri's College Savings Plan
The MOST Plan helps parents save for their children’s college.
 School District Data
Find data breakdowns from Missouri school districts.
 Virtual Instruction
Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP) offers online courses to Missouri students in grades K-12.
 A+ Schools
The A+ program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates who attend a participating public community college or vocational/technical school.
 Special Education

The Department provides a variety of services related to special education.

 First Steps Program
This program provides coordinated services and assistance to young children with special needs and their families.
 Educator Preparation Reports
The Department strives to help prepare and develop effective educators across the state.
 Career Education
Career education combines academics and occupational skill training to prepare students of all ages.
 College Testing
Students can take the ACT or SAT college entrance exams.
 High School Equivalency Test
Interested parties may sign up to take the HiSET to earn their high school equivalency certificate.
 Innovation Campus
Earn a college degree in less time.
 Personal Plan of Study
Learn how all students should set educational goals to make sure they are college and career ready.
 Missouri Learning Standards

These set of standards define the knowledge and skills students need in each grade level and course for success in college, other post-secondary training and careers.

 Curriculum vs. Standards

Learn the difference between curriculum and standards.

 Journey to College
Find the latest videos, scholarships, news and planning on how to help pay for your postsecondary education.