Return to Headlines

Missouri Options / HiSet

Ferguson-Florissant School District -- Missouri Option Program


The Missouri Options Program serves high school students who are significantly behind in credits. This program will allow students to receive a Ferguson-Florissant School District High School diploma with their cohort/graduating class or soon after.

  • MO Option Program Teacher at Mark Twain: Ms. Lisa Frey or Ms. Natalie Laytham(839-5959)
  • MO Option Program Teacher at McCluer: Mr. Brent Rueter (506-9400) McCluer students only
  • MO Option Program Teacher at McCluer South-Berkeley: Ms. Traci Bishop (506-9800) MSB students

 

Program Requirements

  • Student must be a resident of the Ferguson-Florissant School District (enroll at Admissions if not currently enrolled in a FFSD school).
  • Student must be 17 years or older.
  • Student must be at least one year or more behind their cohort (kindergarten) class.
  • Student must have earned credit for Health, Personal Finance, Government (Citizenship), the Missouri Constitution test, and the United States Constitution test.
  • Student must score on an 8th grade level or higher in reading, math, and language on the TABE test.
  • Students must be enrolled in academic instruction for 15 hours per week.
  • Student must have an approved job or volunteer position, working 15 hours a week or more.
  • Enroll in the Missouri Connections Program (post-secondary and occupational exploration activities and complete a Career Portfolio).
  • Student must have a MO Driver’s License or MO State ID (non-driver).
  • Student must pay for the cost of the High School Equivalency Test ($95 for HiSET) Go to the following website to learn more about the HiSET test: http://hiset.ets.org/

 

Requirements to Obtain a Ferguson-Florissant School District High School Diploma

  • The student must have passed Health, Personal Finance, Government (Citizenship), the Missouri Constitution test, and the United States Constitution test.
  • The student must take the required EOC tests for Government, English II, Biology, and Algebra.
  • The student will study the five subjects that are on the High School Equivalency Test examination: Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science during the 15 hours of academic instruction each week.
  • The student must work or volunteer 15 or more hours each week.
  • Complete post-secondary and occupational exploration activities and complete a Career Portfolio through Missouri Connections -- http://dese.mo.gov/divcareered/missouriconnections.htm
  • The student must pass the High School Equivalency Test examination.
  • Once the student passes the High School Equivalency Test examination, he or she no longer will attend school. However, the student must work or volunteer 30 hours a week until graduation (December or May graduate of their cohort group), checking in with the instructor once a week or every payday. 5th year seniors graduate immediately.

 

Additional Information

  • Be advised that students will not be eligible to participate in high school extra-curricular sport activities under the rules of MSHSAA.
  • Students can attend dances at their home school, if they meet the school requirements to attend the dances.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in the May graduation ceremony when the entire program has been successfully completed.
  • A student will have ONE opportunity to complete the program. Reinstatement in the Missouri Option Program will not be available.
  • IEP and 504 accommodations are available. Please see the MO Option teacher or SSD case manager for more information.
  • Entry to the program depends on completion of required courses, Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) results, and space availability.

 

TABE Testing

  • The TABE test (3½ hours) will be given on Fridays at Mark Twain at 8:00 AM with Ms. Frey or Ms. Laytham(starting the last Friday in August).
  • Call or email in advance to reserve a spot (839-5959 or lfrey@fergflor.org or nlaytham@fergflor.org)
  • The home school must also submit the MO Option In-Take Form prior to taking the TABE test (via email as attachment).