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.
Private School Choice:
Missouri does not offer private school choice.
The Center for Education Reform reports that Missouri's charter school law was vastly improved in 2012 when a bill was signed allowing charter schools to expand outside of St. Louis and Kansas City. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reports that in 2013, more than 18,000 children attended the state’s 38 public charter schools.
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) initiated a program during the 2010-2011 school year to allow schools to use their own teachers to teach online MoVIP courses. During 2010-2011, it served 1,335 students. The full-time University of Missouri-Columbia High School is a member of the Center for Distance and Independent Study, which provides courses to over 20,000 students throughout Missouri, the U.S., and in 52 countries. At the district level, the Columbia Public Schools Virtual Instruction Program has been offering online courses since spring 2010.
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.