What is MOCAP?
Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) was established in 2007 as the state’s online school. MOCAP offers courses grades K-12. Students can take courses from any Internet-connected computer, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. MOCAP's mission is to offer Missouri students equal access to a wide range of high quality courses, and interactive online learning that is neither time nor place dependent.
Houston School District embraces online learning opportunities such as the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program which are overseen by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the State Board of Education.
Why do we need MOCAP?
MOCAP allows Missouri to:
- Expand the range of courses and opportunities offered to students
- Offer courses for students when there are no qualified teachers to teach the course
- Allow students to take a course not offered at the local school district
- Provide courses for students who have schedules that prevent them from taking a course when it is offered. MOCAP offers “any time, any place” learning for Missouri students.
- Present high quality instruction to students who are in alternative education settings
- Provide additional support and extended time to students who failed to achieve in regular courses
- Provides equity across programs and schools in the quality of instruction
How are MOCAP classes structured?
MOCAP students are guided through courses by Missouri-certified teachers. Courses are delivered over the Internet. To assure student success with online learning, a variety of technology resources (streaming audio and video, computer animations, email, live chats, etc.) are provided. Teachers communicate with students and parents on a regular basis via email, phone, online messaging, etc.
Who administers the MOCAP online program?
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) oversees the administration of the MOCAP program. Local school disticts and charter schools are responsible for enrollment, monitoring progress of students, billing, and state assessments.