What is LAUNCH?
LAUNCH is an opportunity for juniors and seniors from BCHS and BEHS. Students will spend part of their day at their high school and part of their day at LAUNCH. While there, students will work in teams on challenges provided by both their instructors and business and industry partners while earning high school and/or college credit. Students will fast forward into their future and become fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real-world problems, using industry standard tools and resources while being mentored by educators and actual employers. In 2018-19, we welcomed selected students from Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West to LAUNCH. In 2019-20, the Wauwatosa School District will be offering LAUNCH strands in Advanced Manufacturing-Design, and Hospitality Innovation.
Where will LAUNCH be located?
Because we wish to create a unique professional academic experience for our students and teachers, we utilize a multi-site approach for our program. We utilize an off site location at 19601 West Bluemound Road and we have built locations in Brookfield Central and Brookfield East High School.
Is LAUNCH a vocational program?
No. LAUNCH will provide students the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through a profession-based, inquiry learning method that brings course content to life. Driven by the changing workforce needs of industry, instructors and business partners collaborate to develop coursework and student projects. The curriculum will be constantly evolving and dynamic to follow industry trends and market changes.
Why is the district promoting this innovation?
As we continue to work to help students find their life, career and college pathways, we desire to remain at the leading edge of innovation that affords our students with the most impactful experiences and opportunities for their futures. LAUNCH was the 2018 Wisconsin Innovation Award Winner in the area of education because we believe LAUNCH will be a natural next step for our system. The interdisciplinary approach to learning, the direct connections and exposure to business and industry mentors, and the opportunity to deeply explore areas of interest before college or career will provide Elmbrook students with unique and valuable experiences unlike any other in the region.
How will colleges and universities view LAUNCH?
Very favorably. We have directly consulted with area universities, colleges, and technical schools through concept to formal approval. We will be working with higher education to create formal partnerships that will benefit students.
Who will teach at LAUNCH?
Elmbrook high school teachers with specific experience and expertise in each strand will spend part of their day at either high school and part of their day at LAUNCH.
What are the requirements to enroll?
Students must be juniors or seniors at either Brookfield Central or Brookfield East. While there is no minimum GPA requirement, we want students to enroll who are seeking a different learning experience, a demonstrated track record of responsibility, and who understand the expectations of professionalism and a team-based approach to project work. Interested students may be asked to complete a brief application and interview process.
What will student schedules be like?
- All enrolled students will attend LAUNCH one block a day for the entire school year
Students will be at / travel to their respective high schools for the remainder of their coursework.
Will transportation be provided for students traveling to and from LAUNCH?
No. Students must arrange their own transportation.