What comes to mind when someone says the word “school?”
In today’s world filled with technology and interconnected everything, there is a new way to learn — one that is not tied to brick-and-mortar schools or one-size-fits all education philosophies.
Virtual education offers families the chance to get their education from the comfort of their home or even through thier phone anywhere in the world.
Virtual education will not work for every student because it requires a certain degree of dedication and self-discipline, but for those students who do find learning virtually to be a good fit for their learning styles, the new concept of a virtual school offers a wide variety of benefits:
The MoVIP program allows access to a variety of virtual education providers year round, but unless the student is suffering from a medical condition preventing them from attending school or is in one of the states six provisionally accredited school districts then the family is responsible for all tuition costs which can add up to close to $4,000 a year.
The Missouri Online Summer Institute is completely free, but only available during the summer and only if students are not taking other summer courses in their home district.
Missouri needs a better system that would allow any student to benefit from virtual education at any time during the year without families having to incure large expenses.