Fresh Start Academy @ Sumner High School

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  • 2023/2024 registration for Fresh Start Academy is currently closed. Please check back in August for 2024/2025 enrollment. 

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  • Fresh Start Academy 
    4248 West Cottage
    (Located on the Lower Level of Sumner High enter through door 17)  

    St. Louis, MO 63113

  • The Missouri Option Program permits full-time, public school enrolled students who are at least 17 years of age. These students are at risk of dropping out or not graduating with their cohort group the opportunity to earn a standard high school diploma. 

    The Missouri Option Program is competency-based and approved by the State Board of Education. The program utilizes a high school equivalency exam as content mastery for graduation purposes. The exam sanctioned by the state for the Missouri Option program is the HiSET.

    Missouri Option students who successfully pass the high school equivalency test and complete all other state and SLPS graduation requirements while enrolled at Fresh Start Academy are eligible to receive a Sumner High School diploma. Students may not return to their "regular" high school for graduation.   

    Fresh Start Program Information

    Student Eligibility 

    Age- Students must be between the ages of 17-20.  


    Identification-Students must have the following items at the time of registration: Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, Copy of Immunization Records, Proof of City Residence, Valid Missouri ID, Permit, or Driver's License (Valid Missouri ID is required to register for HiSET)


    Credits- Graduation through the Missouri Option Program is not dependent on credit attainment. Students must be at least one year’s credit behind their cohort group (class). Cohort is defined as the year that a student enrolled in kindergarten. Students who were NOT previously enrolled in a St. Louis Public High School, must submit a copy of their high school transcripts with their application.


    Locator- Students must have at least a 7th grade reading and math level. There may be exceptions pending the student’s strengths and needs, but those exceptions are uncommon. Grade level is identified by administering a diagnostic test.

    *Diagnostic tests are scheduled after a student has registered for the program and can be taken on Fridays from 8:00am-12:00pm.


    Credit recovery is not offered at Fresh Start Academy and this is not an "early out" program. If you need to make up credits, you need to use the SLPS Virtual Learning Program


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