Join Launch Virtual Academy

Launch Virtual Academy provides a safe, flexible, accessible and equitable online learning community that fosters meaningful relationships and collaboration among students, families and teachers through a purposeful intent to ignite curiosity, develop self-directed innovative thinkers and create responsible multiverse citizens.

Welcome to Launch Virtual Academy

On behalf of our staff, we thank you for considering Launch Virtual Academy as a choice for your student’s education. Student enrollment is a self-referral process. Watch the video to learn more about how our school works.

Our Core Beliefs

  • All students can be successful learners in an online setting.

  • Students are capable of working with integrity.

  • Students gain equity and accessibility through flexibility of schedule and academic opportunities.

  • We can build community and connection in an online setting.

  • Course design is valuable and integral to a strong inline learning experience.

  • Students will thrive in an environment of trust.

  • Students gain their voice and purpose in a collaborative environment.

  • Students can meet personal educational goals outside the parameters of a conventional/comprehensive educational setting.

  • Students can learn to translate their creativity and work ethic into job readiness skills.

Steps to Join Launch Virtual Academy

If you are interested in joining Launch Virtual Academy for the 2022-23 school year, please register to attend an informational meeting.

  1. Sign Master Learning Agreement
    • Attend informational session to sign the learning agreement.
  2. Check out
    • Checkout from your current school of residence.
  3. Attend Technical Sessions
    • Attend a Launch Virtual Academy Onboarding Session.
  4. Get Started
    • Start your online journey at Launch Virtual Academy!

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 may attend Launch Virtual Academy?

    Any student  in grades 7th-12th who lives within the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) boundaries.

    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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