Introducing: Launch Next

Launch’s newest program expansion provides additional support for Missouri students in grades 1-12.


We have some exciting news to share! Today we’re introducing Launch Next, a collection of new services designed to expand student opportunities far beyond the boundaries of traditional virtual classrooms. In fact, we like to say we’re redefining the landscape of virtual education in Missouri. 

“We’re entering our tenth year of offering virtual courses to students,” says Dr. Nichole Lemmon, Director of Launch Virtual Learning. “We now work with nearly 350 Missouri school districts, and we’re continually listening to their needs. As the education climate changes and requests for virtual learning options increase, the need to expand our services beyond traditional courses and content continues to emerge.” This changing landscape is what led us to the development of Launch Next. 

Expanded Opportunities

Our Launch Next expansion will include additional student service and support opportunities in three core areas. This includes an expanded Comprehensive Counseling Model to provide students and families with additional supports for career and academic development, social-emotional learning and mental health; the introduction of Launch Live, which encompasses a selection of core content courses at the secondary level that offer students live, synchronous lessons as a part of their curriculum and instruction; and the addition of Exceptional Learner Services, which is a collection of offerings designed to provide students more opportunities for special education services and gifted education.

Timeline & Additional Information

We plan to have all Launch Next opportunities ready for learners by the start of the Fall 2021 semester. “We’re already working on developing the additional content and services needed for this expansion,” Dr. Lemmon says. “We’re very excited for this next step.” 

Launch currently has partnerships with 342 school districts statewide, and more than 650,000 Missouri students have access to our courses. A main office in Springfield and two hub locations in Kansas City and St. Louis house a staff of nearly 60 full-time employees, and we employ more than 1,200 Missouri educators who teach from locations all over the state. To learn more about us, visit