When one Missouri high school holds its commencement ceremony this week, it expects only 19 of its 671 graduates to attend.
So goes graduation at an online high school. The University of Missouri High School, which is part of the University of Missouri’s College of Education, has graduating students in 11 countries around the world.
The school was established in 1999 but has undergone big changes over the last several years. Now, many of its more than 6,000 students are full-time, diploma-oriented students. More than half of the school is international students earning a U.S. degree in English.
The school charges $500 per course and caters to students from a variety of backgrounds who have opted to attend online high school for myriad reasons, officials say.
Graduation is a proud day for the school and all those students, said Kathryn Fishman-Weaver, the school’s Director of Academic Affairs.
“This is a very special moment to celebrate these special students and their stories,” Fishman-Weaver said.
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