Kansas City, June 23, 2017: The Kansas City Public Schools Missouri Option Program Class of 2017 celebrated its graduation during an evening ceremony on Thursday, June 22 at Manual Career Tech.
Forty-seven candidates received their diplomas during the event, led by class Valedictorian Arienna Kursh and Salutatorian Denise Forman. This was the first time KCPS has hosted a traditional commencement ceremony for MO Option Program graduates.
View the 2017 MO Option commencement program for a complete list of graduates and program staff: MO Option Program
The Missouri Option Program is designed to target students who have the capabilities to complete Missouri high school graduation requirements, but for a variety of reasons lack the credits needed to graduate with their class and are at risk of leaving school without a high school diploma.
The program specifically targets those students who are 17 years of age or older and are at least one year behind their graduating class or for other significant reasons not able to be successful in a traditional high school setting.
Students will remain in school and are not counted as dropouts when it is time to take the high school equivalency exam. Once the school district issues a diploma, participants are then counted as high school graduates.
MO Option students attend class Monday through Friday for three hours per day. Program requirements include employment, community service, and a passing grade on the Missouri and US Constitution tests.