Non-Traditional Education

Non-traditional education options include an all-virtual offering, alternative school environments, and homeschooling.

Online Options

KCPS Virtual Academy, Serving grades K-12

Students complete virtual courses 100% online and have 24/7 access to lessons that are fully aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards. Students work independently with the support of a KCPS teacher. Because taking online courses is different from taking courses in a traditional face-to-face classroom, it’s good for students to know what courses will entail and what kind of support they’ll need to be successful. Research shows that students who are well prepared and well supported for this new experience do better in their classes.

Contact: The Office of Education Innovation at (816) 418-7780

Missouri Connections Academy, Serving grades K-12

Change is everywhere. At Missouri Connections Academy, we’re helping students see change as an opportunity—so they can thrive in the world that lies ahead.

Our tuition-free online public school offers students in grades K–12 a safe, engaging environment where they can learn in the way that works best for them. Not only will your child gain the knowledge and confidence they need for assessments like the MAP test, they’ll build fundamental life skills they need to meet tomorrow’s challenges. As their learning coach, you’ll be by their side, supporting them along the way.


MOCAP, Serving grades K-12

The Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) has developed a catalog of virtual online courses for students. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, students will be able to take an entire course 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, flexibility in scheduling, and interactive online learning. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the State Board of Education oversee administration and quality assurance activities such as related content and delivery of courses. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that provide virtual education outside of MOCAP are responsible for ensuring alignment and other statutory requirements are met.


K12 Online School Options

If you’ve ever wished your child could attend public school from home, now is the time. Opportunities for families seeking an online schooling option in Missouri have just gotten better. Missouri’s K12-powered online public school program offers a personalized approach to learning that includes quality curriculum, teacher-led instruction, and the in-person and online social connections students need to make the most of their education. Plus, students can access the benefits of their tuition-free* K12-powered education from the safety and convenience of home.


Success Academy at Knotts

Success Academy at Knotts (K-6) offers enrollment to students who are moving into KCPS and have attended alternative schools outside of the Kansas City Public Schools, as well as to students already in KCPS who will benefit from a consistent school environment. The school encourages reaching academic goals, improving attendance rates, increasing parent involvement, transforming behavior, and developing citizenship. The Success Academies do not graduate students, rather they prepare them to return to other schools in the district.

Contact: Success Academy at Knotts (K-6) at (816) 418-1900


The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) does not regulate or monitor home schooling. There is no registration required with the state. There is no program for the inspection, approval, or accreditation of home schools in Missouri.