What is the Missouri Virtual Academy (MOVA)?
Missouri Virtual Academy (MOVA) is a statewide virtual school program approved under the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) that uses innovative technology and a rich curriculum from K12. The program encourages students and parents to grow and learn together by exploring their personal interests and collaboratively participating in academic pursuits. Once a student begins at MOVA, the student participates in more than a school program. Walking through MOVA’s virtual doors, the student will immediately see a program devoted to the parent and the student. MOVA has designed educational supports that both enhance the learning experience and provide the parent with strategies and techniques to help meet the student’s unique needs.
Who is eligible to enroll in MOVA?
Students are eligible to enroll in MOVA if they are under the age of 21, in a grade from K-12, and are a resident of Missouri. In addition, the student must have been enrolled in and attended a Missouri public school full-time for at least the prior semester and must receive approval from the student’s resident district.
Are there any exceptions to the requirement that a student be enrolled in a Missouri public school the prior semester?
Yes, there is an exception for a student who has a documented medical or psychological diagnosis or condition that prevented the student from attending school in the community during the immediate prior semester.
Has MOVA been approved for School Year 2019-2020?
Yes. The Course Access and Virtual School Program law states that any online course or virtual program offered by a school district is “automatically approved” to participate in the Missouri program. Grandview R-2 School District offers this program statewide to all eligible Missouri residents and is automatically approved to do so, as per state law. Missouri Virtual Academy is an approved provider under the law and is listed on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s list or approved providers.
Does MOVA need to be accredited?
No, separate accreditation is not required. Grandview R-2 School District is a fully accredited school district in Missouri and is automatically approved by statute to participate in the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP).
What is the process for getting approval from my school district so that my student may enroll in MOVA?
Each school district may have its own policy setting forth the process for students wishing to enroll in online courses or a virtual school program. The process must be substantially similar to the typical process that the district uses to enroll students in non-virtual courses. A school district may not adopt a policy that is more burdensome or onerous for enrollment into a virtual school program, such as MOVA. If you encounter a school district treating MOVA applicants differently in the enrollment process than other district students, please contact our enrollment team right away.
My school district is saying my student must talk with the school counselor before they will consider approving enrollment in MOVA. Is that required?
Your school district’s enrollment policy may require that a student first consult with the school’s counselor prior to being approved to enroll in MOVA. However, the counselor does not approve or deny a student enrolling in MOVA. Only students in school districts that have policies requiring consultation with the school counselor must do so.
I submitted the MOVA approval form to my school district, but they have not responded. What should I do?
All school districts are expected to respond to your request for approval just as they would respond to a student who asks to enroll in a non-virtual course. If two weeks have gone by without a response, please contact MOVA’s enrollment team so that they can follow up on your behalf.
When my school district signs my MOVA approval form, what should I do next?
When a parent has completed and signed the MOVA approval form and obtained the signature of the school district, please submit the completed form to MOVA’s enrollment team for processing.
Can my school district deny my student’s enrollment in MOVA?
Generally speaking, NO, a school district should not be denying eligible students wishing to enroll in MOVA. However, a school district may, in rare instances, deny approval for a student wishing to enroll in MOVA if the school district makes a documented determination that it would not be in the “best educational interest” of the student to enroll in the program.
What should I do if my school district denies my student’s enrollment in MOVA?
First, contact MOVA’s enrollment team and let them know that enrollment was denied and the reason you were provided by your district. If a school district denies a student’s participation in MOVA, it must provide the reason in writing. Please provide the denial documentation to MOVA’s enrollment team. A school district may only deny enrollment if it has a documented reason to demonstrate that enrollment in MOVA is not “in the best educational interest of the student.”
The district must inform you of your right to appeal that enrollment denial. You must then be provided, during an open meeting, an opportunity to present the reasons you believe enrollment is appropriate for your student and how it is, in fact, in the “best educational interest” of your student. You and the school district will also be asked to provide your reasons in writing prior to the meeting. The school district board must provide a written decision within thirty (30) days. If the denial is reversed, then your student may enroll in MOVA. If the school district upholds the enrollment denial, you may then appeal that decision to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). They must provide a final enrollment decision within seven (7) days.
If you have any questions about the enrollment process or if your student is denied enrollment by your school district, please contact MOVA’s enrollment team right away so that we can provide assistance to you.
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 the Destinations Career Academy at MOVA.
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. 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 special needs children?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
The 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?
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 can help 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.