"We are known for blending online learning with traditional instruction."
Students enrolled 160
Hours 8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
School leader Steve Henderson
Transportation options Yes
District San Francisco Unified School District

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1195 Hudson Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124

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4 stars
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July 24, 2014
Flex offers each student an individualized education that meets the needs of every kid in the classroom. The school culture is so unique and inclusive allowing all students the opportunity to shine among their peers.

- submitted by a teacher
January 31, 2014
The Flex model may not work for every student - - but for kids who work well independently, who may not flourish within the super-heated social scene of most high schools, and can cultivate the kind of discipline and focus required for college work, Flex can be a tremendously nurturing and successful environment!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
Flex is truly amazing. Going to school at Flex is one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. I know that a lot of people have a lot of concerns and doubts about this school, and it is okay for you to have doubts about it because we HAVE been through rough times in the four years since this school started. But despite everything we've been through, I have not had one single doubt about Flex, because Flex has given what normal high school cannot possibly have given me - personal growth. At Flex, I grew not only academically, but also personally and spiritually. At Flex, I am somebody and not just a face in the crowd. At Flex, I finally belong. So ignore all those bad comments and things you hear, and come and actually see and experience it yourself, because whatever you expect, Flex is always going to be more than that.

- submitted by a student
August 16, 2013
My son graduated from Flex this past Spring (Class of 2013). The teachers and administrators here were amazing. My son, who has a learning difference, had such a great support system here. The teachers were enthusiastic and also were advisors for the various clubs and extracurriculars. The hybrid learning concept is fabulous, particularly if your child is highly focused and motivated, as they can move ahead. Some of my son's classmates graduated early or had extensive credits due to this. The fact that the school can cater to a myriad of abilities is what makes the school great - support where you need it, great advancement for the student who wants it. AP and Honors are available. The curriculum is top notch, and challenging! Both my son and I are saddened to leave the "family" behind, but that is what Flex prepared us for. Definitely stop by for a tour. It is what sold me, and I do not regret it!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2013
The concept of the school is great; I think more and more school should adopt similar teaching styles. The best possible place for motivated and responsible kids who are not afraid to try something new.

- submitted by a student
July 15, 2013
this school is awful. especially of your child has any type of learning diffrenece. Please do not believe the hype. This is the destruction of the education system thru charter school. Yes this is teh future of education. It is a sad day. They had one teacher that was great. The history teacher

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
This school is amazing. I love coming here because it's such a different experience and the learning has helped me much more than a regular public school.

- submitted by a community member
July 09, 2013
I went to sf flex and it's a great school there's never fights or any bully's everyone talks to each other and we are all like one big family I love sf flex!! <3

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2013
Fex Academy is a great school. The teachers are very helpful, the students are like family, and I actually enjoy going to school since I started going here.

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2013
I like SF FLEX for both of my daughters. They make the learning fun and integrated and challenge the students to rise to successes.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
My son is a freshman this year at S.F. Flex Academy. This is the first time, in all of his years at school, that he can't wait to get to school in the morning. He enjoys learning online and at his own pace, the small class sizes, the enthusiasm of the teachers and staff, and the variety of classes offered. As a parent, I am impressed with the challenging curriculum, the highly educated and devoted staff, and the high expectations from the school that students get their assignments done and behave appropriately. I appreciate that S.F. Flex has meaningful consequences for behavior and enforces them. It is amazing how much educational support/tutoring is available online, from teachers/peers, and after school tutoring programs. The school also emphasizes college and career plans through educational field trips, guest speakers, and a dedicated adviser. A variety of after school clubs are organized by the staff and students . My son comes home daily and tells us about a new learning experience he has had at school that day. He would never have these opportunities in a public school. We constantly refer to the S.F. Flex Academy as "The school that is too good to be true"!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
SF Flex lives up to its name---it is flexible in a way a lot of public schools aren't. My son transferred to Flex from an expensive private school and he is doing so much better at this public (charter) school. He is engaged and challenged, and he likes being in downtown SF, too. I have also found the school's administrators and teachers to be quite responsive, and also non-judgmental----in a word, professional.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
San Francisco Flex Academy is a great place for students to learn and thrive. I have a student who was in a traditional high school got lost in the crowd. Here at SF Flex my child feels he is getting the academic help and support for all of his teachers and Academic Coaches. He has been able to learn how to manage his time, which will be important when he goes to college. He loves the use of technology not only in the Flex centers, but also in the classroom. Also he has made a number of friends and taken on leadership roles in SF Flex that he would not have had in his previous school. Every day my child looks forward to going to SF Flex.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
This is our second year at the school and I have to say, the whole experience has improved dramatically. The new Head of School is awesome, accessible and forward-thinking; the teachers are energetic and resourceful; and on the whole the school is a tad more diamond and quite a bit less rough. Students and parents are really pulling together to make this place work -- and work it does.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
The progressive academics are excellent and students love to go to school. Great staff also.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
My daughter is a very diligent, focused student. She loves SF Flex Academy: the teachers are progressive, creative, inspirational and truly caring. The head of school has wonderful vision and is very accessible to students and parents. The diverse student body is supportive and lively. The hybrid model, a combination of online learning through the very comprehensive and well-designed K12 curriculum and class discussions, is effective. It allows students to work at their own pace, and interact in a more small-group-process manner with teachers. Students are treated with respect by the teachers and administration. I think that the lack of social issues in within the school population is largely due to this mutual respect. The teachers work with my daughter on a individual basis, with allowance for specific study needs and learning style. SF Flex is a truly undiscovered gem within the SF public school system. I give it my highest recommendation, and are thrilled that we took a chance on this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
This school is great! I love this school because I love the fact that I am being challenged at school everyday that way I am always learning. The teachers here are very supportive and know each student individually. I am glad that there are students here that have strength that I don't have, so I feel happy that I can always go to others for help. At this school most people get along with each other and I have personally made some friends that I know in heart will last a life time. I really believe students and parents should really consider this school! Its more than just a school, it is a community that treats one another like family.

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2013
I have been hearing many good things about this school, especially in recent months. They have a caring staff that is committed to the students' academic achievement. A great place to send your kids!

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2013
San Francisco Flex Academy is a fantastic school. Besides the obvious, like the location and that it is a small school--so everyone knows everyone--I'm impressed by how much the teachers are really engaged. My daughter does much better when she has some choices about how she tackles her learning, and the teachers and curriculum here respect this. She especially likes the on-line learning (anything with a screen!) She tends to let her grades slip, so it is good that I can monitor her progress so easily. The school has had some rough patches, but now things are going great, and I'm happy my daughter goes to a school like this.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
Flex is an amazing school! It's so nice to know that there is a school out there with education professionals who truly care about their student body.

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2013
Here are my thoughts... 1. Great location in Union Square that's easy to get to. 2. Easy to track student's progress. 3. Had a rough start but really pulled it together in the last year. 4. Lots of opportunities for students and parents to voice concerns and suggestions.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
Have heard some great things about this school recently. A new head of school should help change things around and get everything back up to the Flex Standards. If your looking for a good school to help prepare your kids for college this is the place!

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2013
a very innovative program. individualized and progressive in methods. solid results. more schools should be like SF Flex!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
The leadership at the principal level has really positively changed the dynamics in among teachers and students. I recommend this school to all parents who move to the area.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
My Child has grown so much after being enrolled in this wonderful school. The fact that he even talks about what he learned in class, and that he does so with so much enthusiasm, lets me know he's enrolled in the right school. I can send my son off to school everyday knowing he will come back to me safely and further developed as the bright boy he is. I owe it all to the amazing staff and the extraordinary leadership of the institution!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
I have mixed feelings about our last two years at this school. It is self paced and most likely 'the way of the future', but the school has definitely had some major growing pains and has fallen short on several occasions in two of the most important years of my son's academic career. There has been theft and technical issues, both causing assignments to go missing or not be able to be completed by the deadlines. I think the teachers and administrators are doing what they can and I think that they legitimately care about the students, but with the student body growing to more than double from last year to this year (I'm not absolutely sure of this, but I think this is the case) there have definitely been issues. If you do decide to send your student to Flex and they are not completed self motivated, be prepared to spend a lot of time and effort checking to make sure assignments are completed on the online account and reading a ton of e-mail (every correspondence between teacher and student is copied to the parent). I don't mind the work, so this has been a very helpful feature. I wish them the best and hope that they get all the kinks ironed out.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2012
If I were you, I would steer clear of this school. The fact that around 75% of the school has a 69% or below is unacceptable. Do not send your child here if you plan on sending him to college.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
I left this school for one reason. This school isn't flex anymore. You can't bring laptops home, you can't go ahead in classes, you can't get enough teacher-student time, and there is a lot more unnecessary work than the previous years. It is no longer a flexible school Sincerely, Ex-Student

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2012
sounds like a great school, i'd like to know more this isithe way of the future for education.

- submitted by a community member
August 14, 2012
SF Flex is an innovative environment for individual paced learning. The staff is knowledgable and supportive. The curriculum offers challenge yet allows for flexibility in learning styles. SF Flex provides our student with the perfect combination of freedom to work at his own pace while providing the structure and support in areas of need. The unique school setting offers a welcomed change from the traditional classroom environment while providing the opportunity for teenage social interaction. We are approaching our second year with SF Flex. While there were some rocky moments at the start of last year, we are re-committed to the school, students and parent community because of the strong leadership from Mr. Royce Conner and the dedication of the staff. We are fortunate to have discovered SF Flex and feel that SF Flex is leading the way for the future of education.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
FLEX is the BEST <3 <3 <3 Flex has amazing students, and amazing staff! We are the best school! If you want to be happy, and not miserable while succeeding in academics, that means that FLEX is the way to go! I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE FLEX <3 <3 <3

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2012
As an educator and a grandmother of school age children, I would recommend SF Flex to parents of high school students. It is a school staffed with personnel who really believe that all children can learn. These well-trained teachers find the students' learning mode and proceed to teach them so they can successfully complete the State curriculum and move on to college, well prepared to succeed. The most important job for parents is to make sure their children are well educated. SF Flex Academy staff are the partners we need in that endeavor. Dr. Carlota del Portillo Retired Dean, City College

- submitted by a community member
July 29, 2012
This school has been great for my self-directed, college-bound student. This will be our 3rd year,and we are glad we persisted. The rough spots are getting ironed out, thanks to the great leadership of the new head of school who came on board last January, working with a caring and motivated staff. There is now finally a sense of cohesiveness and stability. With the official institution of a new Parent Teacher Student Association at the end of the past school year, there are great plans in place for activities involving families, students, and the teachers. There are plans which should also make for an easier transition into this type of learning system for those new students and parents/guardians coming in.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2012
SF Flex Academy is truly a great school! :) Being a student from the beginning, I've been through every rough patch the school has experienced- and I can honestly say I wouldn't have chosen another school despite the ups and downs. SF Flex is not for everyone; but if you're a student seeking help on a personal level, motivation, a small environment, or independent learning, this may be a great choice for you. I've gotten to know all the staff and have developed actual friendships with them unlike most schools allow you to do because of a fast-pace atmosphere and too many other students. To be completely honest, SF Flex has gone through a lot in the past two years; but I always see improvement. Since our new principal, SF Flex is finally starting to unleash the great potential it has. For students seeking to be spoon-fed by the teachers, like in some high schools, they often encounter a 'rude awakening' when they realize they have to feed themselves. Staff are always readily available when you need the extra help, but this school prepares you for college life by teaching you independence so that you can stand on your own. I would write more; but alas, there is a character limit. :(

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2012
The school has been through some growing pains and appears to be emerging stronger than before. It was a wonderful school for my child, who had been so unhappy at a conventional public school that he had dropped out. He spent 2 years at SF Flex where he was able to have a wide choice of classes and could work at his own pace. The teachers were excellent and dedicated. The smaller size of the school made it feel more intimate. My child graduated with straight "A"s and is going to a good university, which his counselor helped find.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2012
It was a rough start for my children here but with the change in staff and teachers and the new principal things seem to be looking up. I have great expectations for Flex Academy in the coming years.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2012
My son will be a sophomore this year ,he understands how to work well with others and independently.I have seen much growth and maturity . I believe they can keep building momentum.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
This is a great school for kids who can handle an expectation to learn more independently. My son was a junior transfer this year--in from an SFUSD high school with very low academic expectations and easy "As". The curriculum at Flex is challenging and my son has found the teachers to be very available to help with questions. He was able to have teacher-student help sessions whenever he needed this year and frequently had sessions with a teacher and only one other student--almost like private tutoring you pay big bucks for! The best thing about this school is the freedom the administration has to be constantly re-evauating their program and how they are helping the students succeed. There is no large bureaucracy to deal with---they are there to bring about student success and provide an opportunity for students to work more at their own pace than a regular public high school can do. I have seen all types of students at this school: low, middle and high performing. They can all succeed. Although a mostly online education is not for all high school students, I have seen my son mature and excel with the support of Flex faculty and staff this past year!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
My daughter is in the 9th grade. This is her first year attending. Flex Academy has improved greatly in January, 2012, with a new principal and staffing. The environment for learning and studying is much more positive with new rules in place.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2012
San Francisco Flex Academy is AWESOME!! This is a high school that expects the best of each individual student. Every opportunity is available for every student and if they "get stuck" all they have to do is ask. The floor is staffed with coaches whom are ready to help and teachers are available as well as on-line teachers if needed. S.F. Flex is geared towards the student who is self motivated and willing to move forward on their own (like an adult). If you want your child to be "babied" and pushed along then please put them in a regular public school. San Francisco Flex Academy is PERFECT for the student that wants to move ahead and is able to do so by on their own. If there are ANY obstacles, the staff and counselors will certainly step in to help. SF FLEX ACADEMY IS A GREAT SCHOOL!!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
When i first heard of this school i thought it would be this corny good school that would help prepare me for college. This school is not what i thought it would be at all, i haven't been able to do my Spanish work for 2 days now due to technical difficulties and after telling the staff, i don't see that anything is being done to resolve the issue. We have also been missing a history teacher since finals and no one is there to answer my questions about the work. The teachers there are great, but it hard for them to teach 200 students as there are only 4 of them. This school has a lot of potential, but i don't feel like it is being "unlocked" yet.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2011
S.F. Flex has been awesome for my son! He has made new friends and stayed on track with his work load. The staff is very supportive and wants all students to do well. I read some complaints about the school and it just seems unreasonable. This is a self paced school and the students need to be self-motivated to move along with the course schedule. I've never heard of not being able to get a "password" to complete an exam! Never a problem for my child. Also, a freshman wrote in that the class had to write an essay on the first day of school. This is high school!! What should the students be doing? The Head of School and all staff members are very supportive if the student or parents need any help at all. Just ask! This is a school where the student needs to be responsible for him/herself and for their own grades. The students are treated as young adults; not as babies. This is a very good school for the student who is able to work independently and ask for help when needed. I LOVE IT!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
This school is a nightmare, stay away! Our daughter is a bright girl and was hoping for a self-paced respectful environment in which to thrive academically. Instead she puts up with abrasiveness and inefficiency to put it mildly. The internet connections are often down, her computer was given to someone else and we spent 3 weeks with her getting a "loaner" each day after waiting/wasting an hour after she arrived, currently her desk space has been assigned to someone else so she goes in there and has to negotiate for a place to get her work done. She has to wait for passwords to take tests and quizzes so there is no self-pacing involved for the students hoping to move ahead. This school clearly caters to the kids falling thru the cracks at other institutions. It pushes the bright kids thru the cracks. Major misrepresentation at the "tours".

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2011
This school is nothing they promised it would be. As a student I feel as if I am teaching myself. Teachers do nothing about out of control kids and it is hard to concentrate due to the constant chatter among students that goes unaddressed.

- submitted by a student
September 08, 2011
It is really hard to learn. Whenever I need a question asked, it wont get answered. The teachers and staff there aren't there to answer your questions. All they do is make sure you have work to do. And the head of school is nothing but a business man. I still believe this is the future of education, but this school could really use an improvement. (The 5 star reviews below especially the one by the "student" seem suspicious. I don't know any student that would use Hands-On unless they are adults trying to appeal to parents.)

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2011
Hello i am a New Parent to Flex and my son and i have had a great reception. My son's concerns were that is non-traditional, I said Yes and that is what I was looking for a place that will take him from the normal and prayerfully help to turn on the light for education.Because i am a teacher i do understand that all children learn differently and with all of today's challenges I needed to find a way to make SURE my son get's what he needs to be prepared for next level learning. So as a new parent to Flex i am excited! And yes i do believe that it takes a Village " we should not give our children to the village" but be in the Village with the schools to insure a great education.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
A large increase of students, constant internet problems, and unecessary workloads. By larger workload, I mean very pointless work. First day of high school, and they make us freshman write a college application essay in an hour. I don't know who came up with that idea, but that does NOT teach us students anything. I thought this school would be great, but it isn't really.

- submitted by a student
June 18, 2011
I agree with the first review. I went there and I don't like how they treat the students.

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2011
I could go on at length but with a 1200 character limit, I will get to the crux of it: The Head of School suspended students for not immediately following orders and showing disrespect. He was either unwilling or unable to explain his rationale beyond saying that it is necessary to maintain the climate and culture they want for the school. We found this climate and culture hostile, punitive, and closed to independent thought. The rest of the staff was (mostly) pleasant but when problems arose, the Head of the School was dismissive and the Superintendent was entirely unresponsive. I believe their philosophy, as it is applied, shows a casual and alarming disregard for the students as human beings and does the students, the school, and the community that we're supposed to be preparing them to go out into a very serious disservice. There are fantastic public schools throughout the Bay Area. Please consider them before sending your child to Flex. If you're still considering it, please listen, not to me, but to them. If what they have to say sets off your internal alarms, ask more questions, dig deeper, trust your gut. I wish I had.

- submitted by a parent
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San Francisco Flex Academy, one of California's first five-days-a-week blended learning charter schools, provides engaging, individualized learning that focuses on helping students of all backgrounds and aptitudes thrive. Students learn at their own pace through a wide choice of dynamic online courses, one-to-one teacher interaction, and small classes- all within a unique school community.

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San Francisco Flex Academy
1195 Hudson Ave, San Francisco, CA  94124
(415) 762-8800
Last modified San Francisco Flex Academy is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Francisco Flex Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews.