Missouri offers families limited school choice options. The state does not support private school choice.
Public School Choice:
Missouri allows for public school choice within the public school system through inter-district and intra-district open enrollment. The Center for Education Reform reports that Missouri has a relatively strong charter school law. More than 17,600 children attended the state’s 46 public charter schools in 2010.
Private School Choice:
Missouri does not offer private school choice.
According to Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning, Missouri has a state-led program, district online programs, and one main full-time program. The state-led Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP) experienced an 82% enrollment drop during the 2009-2010 school year and another decrease of 54% in the 2010-2011 school year due to funding cuts. During 2010-2011, it served 1,335 students. The full-time University of Missouri Columbia-High School provided courses to 700 full-time students across Missouri. At the district level, since spring 2010, the Columbia Public Schools Virtual Instruction Program also has been offering online courses.
Click here for detailed information on Missouri's public school system and see below for school choice contacts and a history of school choice legislation in Missouri.