Launch FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Launch is Missouri’s virtual school that was created as a solution for our state’s course access issues. We understand that all Missouri school districts are not able to offer students equal course offerings, so we made it our goal to create top-notch courses online and make them available to districts statewide.

Administrators

Students & Parents

How is Launch different from for-profit online course providers?

This statewide, collaborative approach provides high-quality virtual course access for Missouri students, designed, developed and delivered by Missouri educators. Launch courses are built using Missouri Learning Standards and Launch only hires highly-qualified Missouri teachers. Many for-profit online course providers devote a large amount of their revenue to marketing and out of state salaries. For-profit companies may also hire teachers who may not be Missouri teachers and do not have highly-qualified status.

How does Launch ensure quality course development?

Online courses developed through Launch undergo a rigorous development process that starts with Missouri teachers designing courses using Missouri Learning Standards, utilizing curriculum experts and Digital Learning Developers. A formal review process is also built into all course development. The annual review process ensures courses maintain relevance, contain the latest resources, and meet accessibility compliance.

How are Launch teachers hired?

Launch teachers hold valid Missouri teacher certification and meet highly-qualified status for subject areas taught. Launch employs full-time teachers and adjunct teachers. Teachers may apply for Launch teaching positions through Springfield Public Schools’ Human Resources Department. Launch teachers participate in on-boarding and training processes.

How much does it cost to partner with Launch?

All Launch partner districts are charged a one-time joining fee based on K-12 size. Traditional Virtual and Credit Acquisition courses are $255 per 0.5 credit, and credit recovery licenses are $75–150 per license.

Will I still collect ADA on these students?

Districts collect 94% ADA for students enrolled in virtual hour(s).

How can I enroll my student in Launch courses?

All enrollments must come through the student’s school counselor or Launch liaison.

When will my student receive their device? (Chromebook/Kajeet/Garmin)

Students who attend a school within Springfield Public Schools will receive Garmins the first week of school. If you are a student at a partner district, your Garmin devices will be shipped two weeks before each semester, and Chromebooks will be available upon request from your school’s Launch liaison. Students who are enrolled past the start date of school will have their Garmin shipped to them within 24-48 hours of enrollment.

Are you able to accommodate IEP/504 plans?

Yes.

Can I monitor my child’s work?

Yes, Launch will provide you will a parent observer account.

What does my child do when they need help?

Launch students should contact their teachers with content-related questions. Tech support is provided by the Launch office seven days per week. Students can call 417-523-0417 or email support@fueledbylaunch.com.