The Missouri Option Program, sponsored through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is for students, ages 17 and older, who are at least one full year of credit behind their cohort group (a full year is defined as 6 credits behind where the particular student should be in order to graduate on time - ex: a student starting their senior year should have 17 credits to be on track to graduate, and therefore, should have 12 or fewer credits to be eligible for Missouri Option for fall semester or 15 or fewer credits to be eligible at the beginning of second semester).
The Missouri Option Program provides students at risk of not graduating or dropping out an alternative to earn a Rockwood School District diploma. The program is not intended as an avenue for early graduation, nor is it an ideal match for students currently in their junior year. For the purposes of this program, DESE has determined that a student’s cohort group is defined by the year the student started kindergarten. Each student interested in the Missouri Option program will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For more detailed information about the Rockwood Missouri Option program, click on our brochure below.