Ms. Christine Araki, Launch Virtual Academy’s counselor has been selected as “2022 San Diego County High School Counselor of the Year!“. Excerpt read at her award celebration: “Ms. Araki is one of the finest school counselor leaders in the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD). She brings a plethora of experiences to her craft as an educator and school counselor.
Excerpt read at her award celebration:
“Ms. Araki is one of the finest school counselor leaders in the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD). She brings a plethora of experiences to her craft as an educator and school counselor. Ms. Araki is a natural leader and demonstrates a unique ability to connect with students, staff, and families… Most recently Ms. Araki has embarked on a new endeavor for SUHSD as Head Counselor for the district’s newest 7th to 13th grade virtual academy. Ms. Araki is leading the way in creating a school which gives students choice and the opportunity to learn at their own pace in an online environment, while having all of the benefits and the supports of a comprehensive school.”
From the entire Launch Virtual Academy Team – CONGRATULATIONS MS. ARAKI!
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).
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.
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.