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University of Missouri High School Profile

By K. C. Campbell

University of Missouri High School Basics:

Website: cdis.missouri.edu/high-school.aspx
Phone: 800-609-3727
Address: 136 Clark Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-4200

University of Missouri High School Academics:

The University of Missouri High School (also known as MU High School), offers a complete online high school curriculum. Students can work toward an MU High School diploma or earn transfer credits for the bricks-and-mortar school they attend.

MU High School's program balances independence with structure: Courses are self-paced but must be completed within nine months (so the work can't be put off indefinitely). In addition to standard core classes, students can explore photography, anthropology and dozens of other subjects. The school also caters to advanced and academically curious students by offering "gifted" courses, AP courses and access to some university courses.

Compared to other online high school programs, MU High School has fairly rigorous academic standards; for example, all exams must be administered by approved proctors, so students are responsible for finding local librarians, school counselors or other educators who can oversee their tests.

University of Missouri High School Accreditation:

MU High School is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, and the Commission on International and Transregional Accreditation.

University of Missouri High School Degrees and Programs:

Students in the diploma program can choose either a general or a college preparatory program. Both require the same number of credits; the latter just features a more advanced set of courses. Students who have already completed some high school can apply those credits toward their MU diploma.

The school also offers individual courses to students who need to make up credits, or who want to explore subjects not offered at their home schools. Advanced students can apply for the school's "Dual Enrollment" plan, which allows them to take college-level courses for both high school and college credit.

University of Missouri High School Admissions:

MU High School accepts applications year-round. The only prerequisite is a transcript showing any high school work the student has already completed. Students under 18 must also prove that they are complying with their home state's education requirements.

Once admitted, students can begin their course work right away; in fact, new students are required to enroll in their first course within 30 days to stay eligible for the diploma program.

University of Missouri High School Costs:

Tuition at MU High School is $140 per half-unit (the equivalent of a semester-long class) plus a $20 administrative fee. Textbooks must be purchased separately, from the school or elsewhere. The school clearly outlines the costs of each course on its website.

One potential drawback to studying at MU High School is that there are no scholarships or financing options available through the school. Courses must be paid for in full at the time of enrollment.

Interesting Fact:

Before enrolling in a course, MU High School students have the chance to preview a sample lesson to make sure it's a good fit.

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