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MoVIP Program Fills Gaps for Students in Unaccredited Schools

   

The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP) offers approximately 250 virtual online classes for K-12 students across Missouri. The program’s mission is “to offer Missouri students equal access to a wide range of high quality courses, flexibility in scheduling, and interactive online learning that is neither time nor place dependent.”

A Free Opportunity for Certain Students
The program can help fill the gap between those students in schools whose accreditation has been suspended and their peers in fully accredited schools. That’s because the state requires provisionally accredited or unaccredited schools to pay for its students to take MoVIP courses; Students in unaccredited schools can take online courses through MoVIP absolutely free.

Free doesn’t mean low-quality.MoVIP works with a variety of leading courseware providers, and all courses are taught by Missouri-certified teachers. The courses are an excellent opportunity for all Missouri students, and are an especially powerful tool for students in unaccredited schools.

The Importance of the Foundation Formula
When unaccredited or provisionally accredited schools or districts pay for their students to take MoVIP courses online, they can be reimbursed by the State of Missouri through the Missouri Foundation Formula.

The Missouri Foundation Formula is a law passed in 2005 to help ensure that all of Missouri’s elementary and secondary school students—not just those in high-tax-revenue suburban areas—have access to adequate educational resources.

Learn more about the Missouri Foundation Formula

Spending Tax Dollars on Education, Not Transportation
Statewide, conversations about accreditation and school transfer are highly controversial. The stakes are high, for students and for taxpayers; students should have access to a high quality education, and the Foundation Formula is already underfunded.

The MoVIP program is a solution that doesn’t require students to spend countless hours (or taxpayers to spend thousands of dollars) on transportation to better schools nearby. And the courses, which are available to students anywhere there is a high-speed internet connection, range from Kindergarten social studies to Advanced Placement (AP) Macroeconomics.

More than 250 courses are offered, including:

· Core subjects for elementary and secondary students
· 40+ Advanced Placement (AP) courses for high school students
· Foreign Language courses like Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Latin for elementary, middle, and high school students
· Dozens of language arts courses for middle and high school students
· Art, music and photography courses
· 60+ middle and high school math courses
· Finance, accounting, and business courses
· Dozens of opportunities in STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) subject areas.

More About Online Education for Missouri K-12 Students
MoVIP courses are available to all K-12 students in Missouri, including public schools, private school, and homeschool students. To learn more about the program, its courses, and how to enroll in courses, visit MoVIP’s website.

MoVIP is currently registering students for the Fall 2014 semester. Course have a variety of start dates ranging from September 24th through November 19th, and students must register for courses 7 calendar days prior to the course’s start date.

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