Entrepreneurship

Is In Our DNA

Mission, Vision, and Values

Why we do what we do

The mission of Launch High School is to empower graduates with the academic and entrepreneurial knowledge, skills & resources to create and capitalize on opportunities in pursuit of their passions towards economic and social prosperity.

Entrepreneurs Leading the Way

A learning community and culture that encourages everyone to embrace and employ entrepreneurial spirit, qualities and habits.

Success Starting Now

Students who are prepared to succeed, not at a later date, but immediately in the direction of their dreams and career path, so they may realize their unique potential.

Improving Ourselves and Our World

A continuously refined and improved program that pours a rigorous academic foundation for students and equips them with entrepreneurial leadership skills to employ in their world toward meaningful ends that we can tangibly experience.

High School Experience, Redefined

A carefully cultivated innovative education model that models entrepreneurial education and ripples outward to the state, nation, world.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is both an act and an art, bringing freedom and progress to the entrepreneur and to communities that embrace it.

Self Discovery

A successful career and purpose in life stems from defining and embracing your individuality, and possessing the self-direction and motivation to make things happen in your life.

Passion

Passion, play, and purpose coupled with academic knowledge and entrepreneurship skills can make dreams become reality.

Risk

Measured risk-taking is necessary for growth—for individuals, societies and the economy.

Innovation

Collaboration, “disruptive innovation” (ideas that change the landscape of what currently exists) and “constructive discontent” (seeking new and better ways) lead to creative, elegant solutions to problems.

Tenacity

Don’t be afraid to fail because with persistence, failures become opportunities.
The Faces Behind The Dedication

Class is now in session

Patrick Cush

Founder, Head of School

Heather Fubelli

Principal

John Shepherd

Director of Operations

Rhea Murphy

Administrative Assistant

Sheree Lynn

Mathematics

Jessica DiGiovanna

Science (Director of Curriculum Development)

Eric Meldrum

Entrepreneurship (Program Director)

Theresa Ward

English / Language Arts

Tiger Torelle

Social Studies

Tina Green

Para-Educator

Carissa Williamson-Ruben

Personal Learning Coach

Jessica Valvo

Personal Learning Coach

Patts Eaton

School Nurse

Arlea Cole

SPED Coordinator

Victor Uribe

IT Specialist

The LHS Governing Board meets on the third Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm at the school (3115 Larkspur Dr.). You may access the agenda and board packet here or at the school. Please check the News page of the website for possible rescheduling. 

Jon Bell

President, Founding Board Member

Patrick Cush

Head of School, Founding Board Member

Judi Larson

Founding Board Member

Kyle Forti

Executive Board Member

Adam Fisher

Executive Board Member

Jonathan Liebert

Executive Board Member

Launch High School is authorized by the Charter School Institute (CSI).

Former Board Members
Dean Albrecht
Josh Meuth Alldredge
Andy Barton
Dana Barton
Brad Casai
Mary Grothe
Lyn Harwell
Clint Knox
John Shepherd
Meredith Smarr
Bobby Stutzman

David Cush

CEO, Virgin America

Launch High School

Q&A

What is Launch High School?

Launch High School is a new, innovative, free public charter school with a focus on Entrepreneurship that is open to all students. We opened our doors August 2016 with 9th and 10th grades, and add grade 11 in 2017 and grade 12 in 2018. Our class numbers are capped at a very low number for personalized attention, but any student can be accepted if we have space.

Why Enroll at Launch High School ?

  • Small Class Sizes – Presently 15 students to each teacher) and student-to-Personal Learning Coach ratio of 45 to 1 (at least 5 times lower than most high schools).
  • Personalized Learning Plan – Nationally recognized by the NY Times and developed with the Stanford School of Education, Facebook engineers and the Zuckerberg Foundation – allows  students to direct their own learning by choosing what, when, where, how and with whom they learn. Launch High School is one of the very few schools in the country to offer this game-changing educational program.
  • Entrepreneurship Program – Our original program focuses on personal development, community development and economic and social opportunity development. Students solve real world problems and fill societal needs by creating their own business, non-profit or social enterprise based on their own passion and interests.
  • Venture Fund – Established for the sole purpose of Investing in students’ venture ideas.
  • Laptop For Every Student – Use 24/7 365 days of the year. Keep as a graduation present when you graduate from Launch High School.
  • No Busywork – Students use their skills on authentic experiences that improve and affect our community.
  • Hands-On Learning – Project-based learning where students must apply learned knowledge and skills to complete a true operating venture (business, social entrepreneurship or technical innovation).
  • Guidance From Experts & Mentors – Every student and every project will have access to mentors and advisors that are professionals from local and global communities.
  • Community Involvement – Collaboration including meaningful mentorships and challenging internships.

Who Can Attend Launch High School?

Any student can attend! Our free, public charter school accepts all students who are interested in being part of our innovative program. Our enrollment is only limited by space – so you’ll want to enroll promptly if you are interested.

How Do I Get My Student Enrolled?

The first step is to complete an online application here. We will contact you from there about the next steps.

Where Are You Located?

We are finalizing our permanent school space in a brand new building in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Our temporary location is a former parochial school, located at 3115 Larkspur Dr.

Do You Provide Bus Transportation?

We are developing a range of transportation options for those in need of assistance. You are also welcome to walk, bike, or drive your student to our campus.

Is Launch High School a College Preparatory School?

Yes, but we prepare students for much more than college. With the real-world skills we teach and applying their skills in real-time, they will be prepared for success in any post-secondary path and career they choose.

Extra Curricular Activities--Do You Have Them? What If You Don’t Have the Activity My Child Desires?

We offer engaging after-school activities – usually entrepreneurship-related. However, if your student wants to participate in an after-school activity we don’t offer , they can participate in any activities offered by your public “school of residence” per Colorado law. We’ll help you navigate that process.

Do You Have Online Classes? Is Launch High an Online School?

Launch is not an online school. Students must attend daily and will have teachers in the classroom providing face-to-face instruction. However, students will take advantage of extensive online resources.

Local, National, Global

Support Network

Ashoka Youth Venture

Ashoka Youth Venture

Summit Public Schools

Summit Public Schools

Virgin Group

Virgin Group

Colorado Springs Rising Professionals

Colorado Springs Rising Professionals

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

Colorado Springs Tech Incubator

Colorado Springs Tech Incubator

SCORE Mentors

SCORE Mentors

Pikes Peak SBDC

Pikes Peak SBDC

SC Women’s Chamber of Commerce

SC Women’s Chamber of Commerce

CS Regional Business Alliance

CS Regional Business Alliance

Cherwell Software

Cherwell Software

CRP Architects

CRP Architects

Eventpro Strategies

Eventpro Strategies

FullContact

FullContact

fusesport

fusesport

Jonathan Betz Photography

Jonathan Betz Photography

Qualtek Manufacturing

Qualtek Manufacturing