New Behavioral Health & Wellness California Partnership Academy

At Launch Virtual Academy we understand mental health is a critical aspect of overall well-being. In fact, it is estimated that in the United States alone one in five children ages 3 through 17 grapple with mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorders. In an effort to provide relevant and current education, we have partnered with the state of California to create the first Behavioral Health & Wellness Academy of its kind.

Behavioral Health & Wellness California Partnership Academy at Launch Virtual Academy.

Upon enrollment in this 3-year program students will receive specialized training that will equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue meaningful careers in psychology, nursing, behavioral therapy, and more.

In addition, we have partnered with Industry Leaders to provide a variety of experiential opportunities including industry related certifications, eye-opening field trips, engaging guest speaker presentations and mentorship and internship opportunities to name a few.

The holistic approach of the program will not only provide students access to a rich tapestry of experiences that will inform and inspire their career aspirations but also empower students to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.

It is evident that the demand for mental and behavioral health professionals is on the rise. In San Diego County alone, a staggering 18,000 new mental and behavioral health workers are projected to be needed within the next five years.

By enrolling in the Behavioral Health & Wellness Academy, students will embark on a journey of exploration and discovery of essential skills that are in high demand.

For students who feel called to make a difference in the realm of mental and behavioral health, there has never been a better time to take the first step. If you’re interested in exploring the exciting opportunities offered by Launch Virtual Academy’s Behavioral Heath and Wellness pathway, we encourage you to reach out to your counselor today. Join us as we pave the way for a brighter, healthier future for individuals and families alike.

From left to right, Social Science Teacher Misael Virgen, School Counselor Yumi Saiki, Assistant Principal Courtney Quinn, CPA Coordinator Nicole Kranzberg, English Teacher Michelle Clark-Cadwell, Student Program Facilitator Erik Hernandez
From left to right, Social Science Teacher Misael Virgen, School Counselor Yumi Saiki, Assistant Principal Courtney Quinn, CPA Coordinator Nicole Kranzberg, English Teacher Michelle Clark-Cadwell, Student Program Facilitator Erik Hernandez.
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  • What is Launch Virtual Academy?

    Launch Virtual Academy is a Course-Based Independent Study School using a blended learning pedagogical approach designed for the student and family that wants a flexible program that maximizes choice. It is open to any 7th – 12th grade student that wants their education primarily online. It provides Choice, Flexibility, Personalized Learning, Online and On-Site Activities, Certified Teachers, Engaging Curriculum, Access to On-Site enrichment programs (as conditions allow and safety protocols are in place) including Sports, Visual and Performing Arts, Career Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

  • How is Online Learning at Launch Virtual Academy different than Distance Learning?

    Launch Virtual Academy is an online school. It is not Distance Learning. Launch Academy is an independent study program where student attendance is based on satisfactory course progress, not seat time. There is teacher online instruction (LIVE Academic Sessions) and student collaboration, but less frequent than what students experienced during Distance learning. In regular school the teacher paces the class for all students to be on the same curriculum topics. At Launch Academy students have access to the course content 24/7 and can move faster through the curriculum than regular school. Students at Launch move independently through the course content while teacher monitors, evaluates, and provides support. Launch offers personalized and flexible education for each student.

  • Who can attend Launch Virtual Academy?
    1. Any student  in grades 7th-12th who lives within the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) boundaries.
    2. Any  student in grades 7th-12th who lives outside SUHSD boundaries but obtains an inter-district transfer permit from their current district office.
  • How many classes do students take at a time?

    We operate on a quarter system. Within each quarter, students will take 3 classes (credits). Each quarter class is equivalent to a semester-based class at a comprehensive school. By the end of the academic year students will complete 12 credits (classes) just as they would at a traditional site. Opportunities for advanced credit completion are also available within our quarter system.

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