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During LaunchPad, I had a mentor, not a teacher. I learned how to create my own deadlines and tasks for myself and to look past day one to create a plan.” –Jiwoo Hyun '21

University Prep’s LaunchPad is a three-week, real world experience that provides the opportunity for Upper School students to design and manage their own learning by stepping off-campus and working on a project that speaks to their personal passions and/or their professional, vocational, or academic curiosities. UPrep students complete a LaunchPad project during their junior or senior year, with the help of a mentor or within a designated, LaunchPad-eligible course. 

From shadowing software engineers to supporting vaccine outreach and public health in Washington's Pacific Islander communities to helping manage a Pilates studio to producing a podcast on streetwear, LaunchPad gives students the chance to engage with the world beyond UPrep and practice the skills they’ll need after they graduate.


LaunchPad Options

  • Independent LaunchPad
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Civics: Politics and Government
  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Swimming and Water Safety
  • Video Journalism