San Francisco Flex Academy Demonstrates Academic Gains on California’s Academic Performance Index

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The biggest gain at an SF school -- public charter school attributes student success to the innovative model blending online education with onsite classroom instruction.

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Whether a student comes to us struggling academically or is an advanced learner needing more challenge, SF Flex is able to provide a rigorous education that fits the individual student’s needs.

San Francisco Flex Academy (SF Flex), a blended learning charter high school, demonstrated a significant increase in Academic Performance Index (API) for the 2012-2013 school year, representing the strong gains that many students make through the blended learning program. SF Flex’s API went up by 86 points from a Base API of 648 to a Growth API of 734.

This increase is the largest gain of any San Francisco public school this year and demonstrates almost four times the student academic performance growth at any other local high school. SF Flex is a tuition-free blended learning charter school where high school students combine online learning with direct learning from California-credentialed teachers and peers onsite five days a week.

The API is an annual measure of test score performance of schools and districts using results of the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) program and the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

“Students of all backgrounds and aptitudes can benefit from the ‘blended learning’ model and customized education at SF Flex, designed to maximize each student's full potential,” said Steve Henderson, Head of School at SF Flex. “Whether a student comes to us struggling academically or is an advanced learner needing more challenge, SF Flex is able to provide a rigorous education that fits the individual student’s needs.”

School officials attribute the jump to several factors; first, a rigorous focus on school culture and attendance, and second leveraging the tools available through the online curriculum provided by K12 Inc. By using the readily-available assessment data, teachers were able to designate breakout groups and provide swift intervention whenever a student appeared to be lagging.

Blended schools like SF Flex are relatively new to the education landscape, but the model has proved beneficial. Students are given a customized learning plan, where they have greater freedom to progress through lessons at their own pace and receive quality instruction, support, and individual attention from highly skilled teachers. SF Flex uses the award-winning K12 curriculum, with its patented learning environment, engaging, research-driven approach and multimedia learning materials.

SF Flex is one of two Flex Public Schools in a California including the Silicon Valley Flex Academy (SV Flex) which also demonstrated a solid API result.

Flex Public Schools is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation whose mission is to create outstanding schools where each child's full potential is developed with engaging, individualized online learning, and to help school districts and others replicate this innovative educational model. Flex Public Schools holds the San Francisco Flex Academy (SF Flex) and the Silicon Valley Flex Academy (SV Flex) charters and is contracting with K12 Inc. for curriculum and services. SF Flex is the first school to be opened by Flex Public Schools and SV Flex is the second. The nonprofit has several other charters approved in Santa Clara County to open in the future.

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