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?
- 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.
Can a student enroll in Launch for a couple of months and return to a comprehensive school?
It is possible. However, since Launch Virtual Academy functions on a quarter system where students take three classes at-a-time, students could be off-track as compared with a comprehensive school. We highly encourage that students that enroll in LVA complete a full school year with us. Our goal is that each student enrolled at LVA will end the school year with at least the same quantity of classes (and credits) as if the student were to be enrolled at a comprehensive school. It is also possible that the student could finish the school year with more credits (accelerate). We recommend you consult with your counselor for more details.
Can my child attend Launch Virtual Academy if they have special needs (IEP / 504 Plan)?
Yes. Launch Academy is a self-paced independent study program. Before registering with Launch Academy, students with special needs including Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Plan should contact your current school’s psychologist and case manager to discuss if this is the best option to deliver the services that are outlined in your child’s IEP/504 Plan.
What are the responsibilities of a Launch Virtual Academy student?
Launch Academy middle and high school students need to have a disposition for independent (and guided) learning. They need to devote a minimum of 30 hours per week to their education and be comfortable in a blended learning environment; Online and Off-line.
What role do parents play at Launch Virtual Academy?
Parents play an important role in an independent study program such as Launch Virtual Academy. A partnership between LVA staff and your family is important. Parents need to be sure their children have the space, time, and structure at home to study and maintain a schedule of school and extracurricular activities. We also provide a platform to receive support and guidance in their child’s educational journey.
How can I see my student’s grades?
Each teachers’ gradebook is located in their CANVAS classroom. Parents can access and monitor their student’s classes by joining as “Observers”. By clicking Here you will find instructions to guide you on how to monitor your student academic progress in CANVAS.
Progress Reports (PR) and Final Grades are reported through Infinite Campus Portal. A copy of each PR and Final Grades will be sent out to parents and guardians via email each quarter.
Is Launch Virtual Academy Free?
Yes. Launch Virtual Academy is a free public school option within the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD). Students will also be provided with a device at no cost.
What platforms (systems) will my student use?
- Our school Learning Management System (LMS) is CANVAS. All class information, class content, assignments, quizzes, tests, and online meeting links are located in each CANVAS classroom.
- Microsoft TEAMS
- Students meet online with their classmates and teachers using TEAMS.
- Infinite Campus Portal
- Our school and Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) use Infinite Campus as its main Student Information System (SIS). You used this platform to register your student as a SUHSD student. Both parents and students can access Class Schedule, Progress Reports, and Final Class grades in Infinite Campus.
- Google Educational Suite
By clicking HERE you will find more details on each platform.
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