What is Missouri Digital Academy (MODA)?
MODA is a statewide virtual school program of the Laquey R-V School District authorized by the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) law. MODA is a public school option for eligible students throughout Missouri. The program uses qualified teachers, curriculum, and innovative technology to enhance the learning experience. MODA also offers support like a brick-and-mortar public school, such as tutoring, guidance counselors, and college and career readiness.
What grades does MODA offer?
MODA offers full-time enrollment for grades K–11.
What does it cost to attend MODA?
Because MODA is a public school program, there is no tuition. We provide Missouri-certified teachers and instructional materials. Qualified families may receive a loaner computer and printer. These computer systems are instructional property and must be returned when the student leaves MODA. Families are responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
Is MODA homeschooling or a supplemental course program?
No, MODA is a full-time virtual school program and does not enroll students part-time or for individual courses. Students remain in their resident district but receive instruction from MODA’s teachers in a virtual setting. Students comply with all public school requirements, such as state testing and attendance, and follow the graduation requirements of their local district or charter school.
Does MODA provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes. We provide textbooks and instructional materials, which are dependent on the student’s grade level and the courses they’re enrolled in. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle school students.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grades K–5, 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and 80+ percent in grade 9. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That’s why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The elementary program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law and student needs, based on benchmark assessments taken at the beginning of the school year. Middle school and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete quizzes, tests, and other assignments in a timely manner.