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A Computer-Based Alternative
Education Program

OPTIONS for Success in Education is an Alternative School, presently serving 6 area districts and private referrals, providing a computer-based alternative education for grades 7-12.

If you should have any questions, please contact Laura Richards (founder/teacher) or Elaine Grover (founder/teacher/licensed psychologist) at 364-3290, or via E-mail at


OPTIONS for Success in Education is a computer-based alternative education facility located in Rolla, Missouri. OPTIONS offers a wide range of curriculum for grades 7 through 12 including core subject areas, electives, vocational skills and experience, career exploration, and life skills. Our goal is to provide a quality learning environment and a fresh, new approach to education using computers as the teaching tool.

OPTIONS founders and staff believe that the skills necesary for success in school are similar to those needed to succeed in life. The alternative school method of education isolates those skills and develops them in a setting which can provide more support, focused instruction and achievement follow-up than traditional education. By giving students more management over the educational environment in which they learn, they gain confidence and become invested in the goal to complete high school. Obtaining a high school diploma then becomes a personal, self-determined aspiration.

Program Design

OPTIONS offers a morning and afternoon session. Each session is comprised of a 3 hour block of computer-based curriculum. In addition, students will participate in 15 hours a week of Extended Learning experience. This may be in the form of employment, job shadowing, or volunteer work. Successful completion of the Extended Learning experience may earn high school credits depending on the policies of each sending district.

Each student has control of the speed at which they advance through a particular course based on their individual ability level. There are no constraints in regard to course completion; if a student completes a course mid-semester, he/she immediately begins the next appropriate course. Conversely, if a student has not successfully completed a course by the traditional semester date, he/she continues on without fear of a failing grade. Credit for completed course work is awarded through the sending district and applied to the student's graduation requirements. Each student remains on their sending school district enrollment roster.

An Individualized Learning Program (ILP) will be developed as a combined effort with sending school counselors, student, parents, and OPTIONS teachers.

The curriculum allows for flexibility to address remedial needs as well as the accelerated needs of each student.

Academic learning will be integrated with behavioral learning.


Students from contracting districts will utilize their district's established bus route to Rolla to transport both RTI and OPTIONS students.

(EXCEPTION: Private referral students - parents will make transportation arrangements prior to enrollment.)


OPTIONS policies require a complete commitment on the part of the students to attend every day. Daily attendance is taken seriously because it is the key to their success at OPTIONS, as well as in the work force.

Each student and parents must agree to the following rules:
  • Attend school every day
  • Not interfere in any way with the learning of others, or participate in an atmosphere inconsistent with the orderly operation of the school building or neighboring businesses
  • Not to possess or distribute illegal substances in or near the school
  • Demonstrate a genuine effort each day to progress, both academically and behaviorally

Please feel free to contact us at 364-3290, or via E-mail at

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