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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
I like SF FLEX for both of my daughters. They make the learning fun and integrated and challenge the students to rise to successes.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
The progressive academics are excellent and students love to go to school. Great staff also.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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