Explore 2024


Seated and Virtual Classes

    • Seated classes are offered for K-8 students June 3-28.
    • Virtual classes are offered for grades 1-12 during two sessions, June 3-28 and July 8 - August 2.

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    • For questions about seated classes, contact your home school through May 30.  Beginning June 3, 2024, contact your Explore site.
    • For questions about online classes, contact 523-0417.
    • Need tech support for online classes? Find answers to common questions here.

Important Reminders

    • Online registration for seated classes closes May 24. After that, contact your child's Explore site to register for seated classes.
    • Elementary and middle school students can choose virtual or seated classes. High school is virtual only.
    • Explore hours:
      • Seated elementary school hours are 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (except for Pershing and Hickory Hills, which will operate on the middle school schedule.)
      • Seated middle school and K-8 school student hours are 8:20 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
      • Artworks, AgAcademy, Academy of Exploration, and Phelps hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      • Middle School Fine Arts Academy hours are 8:20 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • High school students can earn up to two credits during the summer with virtual classes. High school students can also earn credit recovery during Explore. Once you are active in the Explore session with an ID number, contact the Launch office at 417-523-0417 to speak with a counselor. Explore graduation will be held August 5, 2024, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Parkview High School.
    • Attendance Boundary Map
    • For eligible students to receive bus transportation on the first day of seated classes in June, you must register requesting transportation by Monday, April 15, 2024. Elementary School Bus Eligibility Map
    • Elementary, intermediate, and K-8 school students that live more than 1.5 miles from their designated Explore site and middle school students that live more than 2.5 miles from their designated Explore site are eligible for transportation.
    • Breakfast and lunch will be offered daily at each Explore site. Under current USDA guidelines, Explore students at Gray, Field, Hickory Hills K-8, McBride, Cherokee, and Wilson's Creek will have to pay for meals according to their meal status during the regular school year due to federal regulations. Families can continue to fill out free and reduced meal benefit applications to assist if needed.  All other Explore sites will be able to offer meals at no charge for students.
    • Notice of Nondiscrimination

Special Programs

    • Eligible Gifted students in grades 1-5 may choose to participate in gifted education classes offered at the Phelps Center. Information about courses and enrollment will be provided to those who qualify for gifted services.
    • Artworks for grades 3-5 will be held at Fremont, Sunshine, and Wilson's Creek, June 3-28.
    • A middle school Fine Arts Academy will be held at Parkview, June 3-28.

Non-SPS Students Enrolling in Seated Explore Classes

Non-SPS Students Enrolling in Virtual Explore Classes

  • Students who do not attend SPS and want to enroll in virtual Explore classes, please check with your resident district to see if they are participating in summer enrollment with Launch. If so, they will assist with enrollment. Non-SPS students and students enrolled in districts who are not participating in Launch courses who want to register for virtual Explore must first complete the virtual summer online application for enrollment to receive a student ID. Open Enrollment Begins March 1. Please review important enrollment dates below and click here for required documents and next steps to enroll.

    • June open enrollment: Application closes May 23.
    • June deadline for documents to be submitted: May 30.
    • July open enrollment: Application closes June 28.
    • July deadline for documents to be submitted: July 3.
    • Summer PE: Launch PE enrollment will close May 20 at 4 p.m. for June session and June 19 at 4 p.m. for July session.