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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.


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 persons, 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 desemooption@dese.mo.gov.

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

Missouri Option Workshop Information

Missouri Option new and experienced teacher workshops and program updates are presented each Summer as part of the Missouri Alternative Education Network (MAEN) Annual Conference.

Teacher Access to the HiSET Registration System

In order to access the HiSET® Student Registration System, a User ID is required.  An initial username and password will be provided to Missouri Option teachers/administrators by ETS/HiSET® who have provided their profile information to the state Missouri Option office for “Associate” status. If you are a Missouri Option teacher or counselor and will be registering students to test, please notify desemooption@dese.mo.gov.

Missouri Option Staff Contacts

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