What is the Missouri Virtual Academy (MOVA)?
Missouri Virtual Academy (MOVA) is a full-time virtual public school program available to eligible students in grades K-12 all across Missouri. Costs for the program are paid for by the student’s resident school district. MOVA is a state-approved program under the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program law and is offered by the Grandview R-2 School District. MOVA is a public school option for eligible students throughout the state of Missouri and uses state-aligned curriculum and teachers meeting state certification requirements. While participating in MOVA, the student remains a student of his or her resident district, but receives instruction from MOVA in a virtual setting. The program uses qualified teachers and innovative technology to enhance the learning experience and provides strategies and techniques to help meet each student’s unique needs.
MOVA provides the following:
- A customized student schedule consistent with his or her ILP (Individual Learning Plan) or ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) that involves live classroom experiences with virtually visible teachers and lessons
- Continuous opportunities to inquire, engage, and learn from fully qualified Missouri teachers, implementing state-aligned curriculum and materials.
- Support from MOVA administrators and staff
- Access to the Stride K12 learning platform and all necessary learning materials and sources, all day, every day
- Student supports, including tutoring, guidance counselors, and college/career readiness
- Opportunities to attend in-person events to meet their teachers and peers
- General education services tailored to a student’s IEP/504 plan, as applicable
Is MOVA a supplemental course program?
No, MOVA is a full-time virtual public school program and does not provide part-time access or access to course content only. Students enrolled in MOVA participate in the full-time program in a virtual setting and are assigned to qualified teachers. MOVA has student supports in place that a brick-and-mortar public school has such as tutoring, guidance counselors, and college/career readiness. MOVA, as a public school, strives to assist students succeed academically and realize their full potential and has supports in place to address the emotional and social needs of students.
Do MOVA Students participate in the program in-person or remotely?
Students participate in MOVA remotely and receive instruction in a virtual setting using technology, intranet, and internet methods of communication. Students may participate in in-person activities, such as field trips, class activities, and state testing (subject to health and safety guidelines set by federal and state officials).
How does MOVA meet the social and emotional needs of its students?
Like traditional, brick-and-mortar schools, MOVA has student supports and counselors in place to help with social and emotional issues that might come up, including victims of bullying, depression, or suicidal thoughts or difficulties in home life. Moreover, MOVA educators are trained in crisis prevention and how to identify and address issues when they come up. Students receive the appropriate student supports so their social and emotional needs are met where they are.
What does MOVA do to support students with college and career readiness?
MOVA provides student supports to help students reach their full potential so they are prepared for further education and future careers. MOVA includes in its offerings Stride Career Prep, an online career readiness program that combines traditional high school academics with industry-relevant, career-focused courses to help students gain real world skills. Students will also have access to the Tallo web-based platform that connects students with employers and colleges across the country.
Does MOVA provide credit recovery for students?
Yes, MOVA enrolls students who are credit deficient and works with them to get caught up. Some of these students were struggling in a more traditional educational setting and find the self-paced MOVA program to suit their circumstances better. MOVA provides these students with additional student supports to help them reach their full potential and make progress year over year.
Are there any requirements for publicizing the MOCAP offerings to families?
Yes, school districts and charter schools are required by law to inform parents of their child’s right to participate in MOCAP courses or programs through, at a minimum, the parent handbook, registration documents, and featured on the home page of the school district or charter school’s website, as applicable. The information must be provided in an impartial manner, leaving the decision to the student and his or her family on which course or program to enroll in.
What grades are offered by Missouri Virtual Academy?
Missouri Virtual Academy (MOVA) offers full-time enrollment for grades K–12. In addition, students must have at least one semester of enrollment in a public school and written permission from their home school district prior to enrolling in MOVA.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts, math, science, and history are the core courses. There will also be other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as music, art, physical education, health, and Missouri history. Career readiness exploratory courses will also be offered beginning in middle school. And high school students can take career-focused electives through Stride Career Prep.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide textbooks and instructional materials as part of the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. A computer and internet access are required to complete the online courses. Based on financial need and eligibility, MOVA may loan a computer system (including computer, printer, and software) to support the learning process. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs. Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The elementary program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law and student needs, based on benchmark assessments taken at the beginning of the school year. Middle school and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete, quizzes, tests, and other assignments in a timely manner. Based on students' academic needs, teachers develop an Individualized Learning Plan for each student.
What happens if my student completes a course mid-year?
Teachers work closely with students to help pace the curriculum to meet the student's goals for advancement.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grades K–5, 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and students in grades 9–12 will spend nearly their entire school day online. The school day will be comprised of both asynchronous course work and attending live synchronous instruction sessions so a balance between online work and offline work can be achieved. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.
Do you provide curriculum for students with special needs?
MOVA’s K-12 curriculum is aligned Missouri Learning Standards and is delivered at students’ assigned grade level. MOVA provides accommodations, modifications, and assistive technology supports for students with disabilities according to current Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans developed by the resident school district's IEP and 504 teams. To discuss your child's needs, please contact our office and we will put you in touch with MOVA’s Special Programs Manager.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
MOVA's self-paced program is flexible to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Our teachers will work directly with parents and students to ensure proper placement into the curriculum.
How do students interact socially? Are there any student clubs?
Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. Local students and parents can get together on a regular basis in their areas. There are also more than 50 online clubs like LEGO®, Survival Skills, Chess, Debate, German, Spanish, Quiz Bowls, American Red Cross, Mathematical Mysteries of the Universe, American Girls, Guitar, Oceanography, Photography, College Prep, and more.
What diploma will my student get when they graduate from MOVA?
All graduating students will receive a diploma from their home school district.
How do I enroll my student?
Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling your student in MOVA.
Where can I find anti-bullying resources?
Every school district in Missouri is required to have an anti-bullying policy. Review these resources to learn how to stop bullies and keep your kids safe at school. For MOVA’s complete policy, please refer to the MOVA Student Handbook.
- cyberbullying: Website provided by the U.S. Department of Education dedicated to bullying prevention and response
- KidsHealth.org: Provides resources for parents to help kids deal with bullies
- Missouri School Violence Hotline: Resources for parents, educators and law enforcement to prevent and report bullying
- Courage2Report: Resources for parents, educators and law enforcement. It also provides three ways to report bullying. Call 866-748-7047
Child Abuse Hotline
Any person may report suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Anonymous reports are accepted from individuals who are not mandated by occupation to report, but please consider identifying yourself. Being able to contact you later helps the Children's Division staff complete a more thorough investigation. They may also need to ask you for more information during the investigation process.
When making a report, be sure to have the following information:
- Name of the child
- Name of the parent(s)
- Name of the alleged abuser
- Where the child can be located
The Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Unit utilizes Signs of Safety when screening calls. To learn more about Signs of Safety, please visit https://www.signsofsafety.net/
The Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline (CA/NHU) is a toll-free telephone line which is answered seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call them at: 1-800-392-3738
Missouri Career Education
MissouriConnections.org can help Missouri citizens determine their career interests, explore occupations, establish education plans, develop job search strategies and create resumes. This is available to students, parents, guidance counselors, educators, and job seekers at no charge.