MU High School

The University of Missouri High School (MU High School), a branch of the University of Missouri’s Center for Distance and Independent Study, 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. Courses are self-paced but must be completed within nine months. 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.

MU High School Review

Fee Structure: By the course
Tuition Cost: $140 per half unit
Student Type: Both teens and adults
Program Type: Self-paced
Offers Diploma: Yes
Accredited: Yes
Accreditation: North Central Association (NCA)

About MU High School

The Center for Distance and Independent Study (CDIS) has established itself as a national model and leader in the field of distance and continuing education. Originally formed in 1911, in accordance with the land-grant mission, CDIS has an uninterrupted history of providing award-winning individualized learning opportunities to students away from the campus. The Center specializes in serving students, including adult learners and working professionals, through accredited distance learning programs at the university, high school, middle school, and noncredit levels. It remains one of the largest university-sponsored independent study programs in the United States.

The Center is committed to the development, administration, and promotion of independent study courses. The Center maintains a wide range of individualized educational methods involving communication technologies, print materials, CDs, audiocassettes, and other media-based activities. Independent study courses are offered under the approval of sponsoring academic departments, and recommendations are sought for appropriate faculty.

MU 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.

MU High School Programs

Students in the diploma program can choose either a general or a college preparatory program. While both require the same number of credits, the latter 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.

MU 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. New students are required to enroll in their first course within 30 days in order to stay eligible for the diploma program. For more information on the school’s admission requirements, contact MU directly.

Toll-free Number: 800-609-3727
Phone: 573-882-2491
Fax: 573-884-9665

MU High School Tuition Cost

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.

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