(6/10/20) At this time, the CCYA campus will remain closed until further notice, but we are preparing and accepting applications for the Fall October class and although public activities have begun to reopen, schools are still closed. If you have any questions, you can contact us at admissions@vachallenge.org

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Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy Campus Update (6/10/2020)


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.

The staff of CCYA are currently focused on the safety of the cadets, cadre and staff by diligently cleaning the facilities and preparing a new daily operation plan to include medical screening and social distancing in all areas of the facility.  These new procedures will allow everyone on campus to remain safe during this pandemic.

Our campus has been working to develop these comprehensive plans based on the best information from the state level officials to include the Virginia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), that have guided the entire Commonwealth Challenge Youth Academy and the Virginia Department of Defense in the planning our next steps in moving forward to reopening the campus safely.

This is still a very a fluid process and your patience and flexibility are sincerely appreciated. We will continue to provide information about our schedule to reopen our campuses once we have that information.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at admissions@vachallenge.org

If you would like more information on Commonwealth Challenge, please fill out the following form, and an Admissions Representative will contact you.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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