What is the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP)?
MoVIP was established in 2007 as the state’s online school. MoVIP offers online courses for K-12 students in Missouri. Students can take courses from any Internet-connected computer, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. MoVIP'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.
Why do we need MoVIP?
MoVIP allows Missouri to:
- Expand the range of courses and opportunities offered to students
- Offer courses for students when there are no qualified teachers to teach the course
- Allow students to take a course not offered at the local school district
- Provide courses for students who have schedules that prevent them from taking a course when it is offered. MoVIP offers “any time, any place” learning for Missouri students.
- Present high quality instruction to students who are in alternative education settings
- Provide additional support and extended time to students who failed to achieve in regular courses
- Provides equity across programs and schools in the quality of instruction
How are MoVIP classes structured?
MoVIP students are guided through courses by Missouri-certified teachers. Courses are delivered over the Internet. To assure student success with online learning, a variety of technology resources (streaming audio and video, computer animations, email, live chats, etc.) are provided. Teachers communicate with students and parents on a regular basis via email, phone, online messaging, etc.
Can I view a sample demonstration of a course?
Yes, please visit the Course Demos section of our website to help you better understand what our online courses are like. The course demos are from the vendors who provide the online software for our courses.
Who administers the MoVIP online program?
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) oversees the administration of the MoVIP program.
Who provides the online course software?
MoVIP contracts with five online vendors to provide the software for courses. Our online vendors
- Apex Learning
- Connections Learning
- eCampus/North Kansas City Schools Online Learning
- Edison Learning
- Florida Virtual School Global
- Fuel Education
- Mizzou K12 Online
If I need help, what type of assistance will I receive from MoVIP?
Each student is assigned to one of our three MoVIP counselors to help them with any MoVIP issues. The counselors are experienced education professionals who can assist students and parents with information about courses, enrollment, payment, etc. They also help guide students through the semester and make sure they are keeping pace and doing well in their courses.
We have one counselor in particular who coordinates services for our special education and medically fragile students. To contact a counselor for assistance, please visit the Contact Us section of our website.
Will MoVIP issue students a diploma?
No, MoVIP is not a school and does NOT offer a complete high school diploma program. Instead, we offer courses that will be applied to the student’s transcript at the local school toward graduation. Successful MOVIP students will graduate with a high school diploma from the local school. Many schools distinguish MoVIP courses on a student’s transcript by putting an asterisk next to them.
Private school or home schooled students will receive the credit that can be forwarded to the appropriate agency. Private schools do not have to accept MoVIP credit. We strongly recommend that private school students check with their school to see if they will accept MoVIP credit before they enroll.
How is MoVIP different than home schooling?
Typically, home schooling involves the parent as a teacher. MoVIP uses Missouri-certified teachers provided by our online software vendors. MoVIP is not a home school program, but many of our parents use MoVIP courses to educate their children at home. MoVIP does not issue a high school diploma; instead we offer courses that will be applied to the student’s transcript at the local school toward graduation.
Home schooling is one of the options available for meeting the state's compulsory attendance law, Section 167.031, RSMo. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) does NOT regulate or monitor home schooling in Missouri nor does it have authority to issue regulations or guidelines concerning home schooling.
You can find more information about home schooling at the link below: http://dese.mo.gov/schoollaw/HomeSch/
How is MoVIP different than other online programs?
Since MoVIP is a program run by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and held to the state standards, all school districts in Missouri are required to accept our courses. Local school districts are not required to accept courses from other online programs.
How much time can a MoVIP student expect to spend working on their courses?
A student should plan to spend at least one hour a day, five days a week, on each course. In other words, at least five hours per week on each course. This is similar to the amount of time a student would spend in a course at the local “brick and mortar” school.
When do the courses start and end?
When a student enrolls, the student will need to choose a start and end date for each course. Please visit the Start & End Dates section of our website for a listing of dates. Students work at their own pace, but must finish each course by the end date.
Will students receive grades?
Yes, at the completion of a course, the student and school district will receive a percentage grade. Each school district will then assign a letter grade for their student(s) based on the local grading scale. This process accommodates the various grading scales used throughout Missouri. An official MoVIP transcript can be requested from MoVIP staff.