Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy Campus Update (7/28/2020)

We truly understand that many families are looking for a new alternative education program for their children who are in need of a structured academic setting. Our program offers this “Second Chance” to those young people who desire to make the tough decision to change their lives by taking the challenge of our tuition-free program.

We look forward to the opportunity to bring cadets back to our campuses so they can continue to change their lives in a structured and positive manner that will allow them to become the productive and confident young people they want to be.

We want to assure you that our number one priority is the safety of our students and staff. Below are some of the procedures and protocols we are putting in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved at CCYA.


  • First, we plan to test all staff prior to the candidates arriving on October 5th, 2020

  • All candidates will be tested upon arrival at CCYA and quarantined for the first 14 days.

  • All staff and candidates will wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

  • We are following all recommendations from our local, state and federal health officials and guidance put out by the CDC.

  • Added additional handwashing and sanitation stations throughout CCYA campus.

  • The candidates will be given additional classes on health and hygiene.

  • Staff and candidates will be given daily health screenings by ChalleNGe Medical Team.

  • No Visitors will be allowed on the CCYA campus.

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(7/28/20) We are currently accepting applications for Class 54 which is scheduled to start in October. Please download our application and turn in as soon as possible. We will be accepting a limited number of candidates to ensure the safety of students and staff. If you have any questions, please contact us at

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The Mission of the Virginia National Guard Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is to intervene in the lives of 16-18 year old teenagers by providing the values, skills, education, and self-discipline needed to produce responsible, productive citizens, and to do so in a highly structured learning environment.

Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy


1208 S. Birdneck Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451


253 C Street
Camp Pendleton
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

757-491-5932 ext. 231, 235, or 254




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 Alternative Education Program

Are you looking for an educational alternative? Do you need a program that does what others just can’t do? We offer both GEDs through the Individual Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP), and Virginia approved high school credits through our credit recovery program.

It’s Time for a

Positive Change

Alternative education

doesn’t have to be boring

Many families who come to Commonwealth ChalleNGe have tried other programs, even some other alternative education programs. What they learn when they explore the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is that this dynamic education program is just the alternative they’ve been looking for.

Take Action Now!

Our next class begins October 2020!

If your teen will be 16 – 18 years old on October 6th, then you owe it to yourself to download and review the application, and APPLY NOW! 

You may also request more specific information from our admissions staff. Download Part One of the Challenge Application and get started, today!

But, please remember, space for this FREE alternative education program is highly limited, so don’t delay. GET STARTED TODAY!

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