General FAQs

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.

  • StopBullying.gov
  • 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

Missouri Connections

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.

Missouri Career Education combines academics and occupational skill training to prepare students of all ages. Programs are designed around the 16 career clusters.