Who can enroll in SF Flex?
California students who will be in grades 9–12 for the 2013–2014 school year, and who can also attend class five days a week at the SF Flex school site in downtown San Francisco may apply.
How is this different than my neighborhood brick-and-mortar school?
- SF Flex is one of California's first full-time, five-day-a-week hybrid schools, combining the best of online education with traditional onsite schooling.
- SF Flex will provide engaging and personalized learning that truly maximizes each student's full potential. Students who need more support can go slower, while students who are advanced in certain subjects can move ahead. The focus is on the individual student, rather than on the group as a whole.
- SF Flex is located in a safe and accessible area of vibrant downtown San Francisco, with an open campus during lunch, so students can take advantage of what the city has to offer while on a break from their classes.
- The K¹² curriculum used by SF Flex includes a robust catalog of core and elective courses, with over 130 choices, as well many more electives than most schools in the areas of art, science, history, business/career, and technology.
- SF Flex students will each have access to their own computer at school at no charge.
- Lessons are delivered both online and via direct instruction from teachers, while collaboration with peers, academic and social enrichment opportunities, sports and activities build a strong school community.
- Class sizes are small and will vary based on student needs, as determined by regular assessments; students who need more help in mastering a subject will get that help while more advanced students are challenged to take their learning further.
What subjects are offered?
English, Math, Science, and History are the core courses, offered at multiple levels and matched to each student. Students also have access to a comprehensive catalog of elective courses that include art, technology, world languages, anthropology, journalism and much more.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. Each student will also be provided a computer at the school site to facilitate the online instruction component of the program.
Can students work at their own pace?
The pace of the program is flexible, however, students must demonstrate regular academic gains while enrolled in the program. Face-to-face classes, tutoring and other academic enrichment opportunities are available to students to assist in meeting this important requirement.
How do students interact socially?
SF Flex students have many opportunities to interact both socially and academically as they would in any other school. In addition to classroom interaction and socializing during the school day, students have the ability to participate in after-school clubs, sports and extra-curricular activities such as boys and girls basketball and soccer teams.
How do I enroll my student?
Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling in our program.
Do you provide curriculum for children with special needs?
Yes, through our Child Find Process. Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet his or her needs. To discuss your child's needs, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
San Francisco Flex Academy strives to identify, locate, and evaluate all enrolled children who may have disabilities. Disability, as stated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, includes such conditions as hearing, visual, speech, or language impairment, specific learning disability, emotional disturbance, cognitive disability, other health or physical impairment, autism, and traumatic brain injury.
As a public school, we respond vigorously to federal and state mandates requiring the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education regardless of a child's disability or the severity of the disability. Parent permission and involvement is a vital piece in the process. If a child has a suspected disability or has been identified as having a disability, San Francisco Flex Academy will ask for information about the child, such as:
- How has the suspected disability or identified disability hindered the student's learning?
- What has been done, educationally, to address the student's learning needs?
- What education or medical information relative to the suspected disability or identified disability can be shared with the school?
This information may be obtained from the student, his or her parents, present or former teachers, therapists, doctors, or other agencies that have information about the student.
All information collected will be held in strict confidence and released to others only with parental permission or as allowed by law. In keeping with this confidence, San Francisco Flex Academy will keep a record of all persons who review confidential information. Parents have the right to review their child's records per state mandate.
We are committed to meeting the needs of children with disabilities. If you have or know of a child who may have a disability, please contact San Francisco Flex Academy for clarification, more information, or assistance.