Missouri will open registration for "virtual classes" starting on Monday. I'm punching out the data for the Branson Independent so local parents can get in on the program before the slots run out. You can register here. I'm interested in hearing from local educators and parents on the topic. It's an exciting experiment and will be interesting to see how it plays out.
State education officials will begin accepting applications next week for Missouri’s first "virtual classes," which are set to begin in August. A wide array of courses will be offered for Missouri students in grades K-5 and 9-12. Read more below.
The online registration process begins May 7 and will close May 29. Applications may be submitted only through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Web site.
The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP) was authorized by state law enacted last year. Private vendors selected by the state will offer the online courses to students throughout the state. The classes will be taught by teachers who hold Missouri licenses.
State funds will make the MoVIP courses available at no cost for approximately 2,500 full- and part-time students. If the state-funded slots fill up, additional spaces will be available on a tuition basis. A separate registration period will be offered for tuition-based MoVIP courses.
Online registration opens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7. It closes at 8:00 a.m. May 29. Each student, family or school that applies should submit a single application for each student. Students may apply any time during the three-week window. The selection of students will be through a lottery process after the May 29 closing date.
At the elementary level, courses will be available in communication arts, math, science, social studies, art, music, Spanish, French and technology literacy.
At the high school level, course offerings will include English, algebra, geometry, biology, chemistry, American and world history, economics, Spanish and Latin; plus Advanced Placement courses in English literature, calculus, physics, U.S. history and art history.