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When Bullying Turns Physical, There Can Be Lifelong Disabilities

Verbal bullying can be frightening, painful and traumatic – but when it turns physical, the harm can be devastating. Michaela M. was a target of bullies at her previous high school where she was shoved, cornered and threatened. Then one day in PE class, a student threw a basketball hard against her head, leaving her […]

Written by on August 23, 2021

Working Parents Can’t Always Homeschool Their Kids

Homeschooling is booming across the U.S. – more than doubling between the spring and fall of 2020, from 5.5 to 11.1 percent[1] and shows signs of continuing to continue to increase. Parents are looking for flexibility and one-one-one instruction – but what about those families who can’t homeschool because both parents need to work? The […]

Written by on August 23, 2021

Teen Parents Need More Support to Stay in School

Staying engaged in school is a challenge for most at-risk students, but particularly for teen parents who have to worry about working and caring for their child(ren). Add a pandemic to the challenges they already face, and you can understand why teen parents don’t often finish high school. “Before the pandemic, we had on average […]

Written by on August 23, 2021

Plenty of Pomp and Circumstance for FLEX High

We had three FLEX High graduations last month – all in-person and full of the fun and emotion those 73 students deserved. Our schools in Flint, Michigan and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio are just 2-3 years old, and growing every day under the direction of principals Alisha Henry, Jason Kustron and Michael Springs. We’re reaching […]

Written by on July 27, 2021

Schools Need More Personalized Learning to Overcome Pandemic Learning Loss

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that we need to change how we deliver education to keep students learning. We quickly learned that the traditional factory style education that has been the status quo for decades doesn’t work for every student. Preventing and recovering dropouts, then helping them graduate with life skills and […]

Written by on July 27, 2021

The Many Benefits of Nonclassroom-Based Schools

We find that not everyone understands what a nonclassroom-based school (NCB) is. First, what it is not. Nonclassroom-based does not mean online only. In fact, only about one-third of nonclassroom-based charter schools are primarily or exclusively virtual. It does mean flexible scheduling where students attend their school site as often as they need. At our […]

Written by on June 9, 2021

A Father’s Day Salute for Teen Dads Who are Doing the Right Thing

Every year, 200,000 teen girls give birth in the U.S., but what about the other half of the equation – the 200,000 fathers? Unfortunately, only about 25 percent of fathers under 18 stick around to help raise the child. When you consider that 70% of teen moms don’t graduate – it’s not hard to understand […]

Written by on June 9, 2021

How Bullying Affects Academic Performance

Echo Carter was always a bright, happy and outgoing child, but when she got to junior high, she became the target of bullies. “I was always a good student — the problem was the social environment for me. Kids would bully me constantly and it got to the point where I was depressed, didn’t want […]

Written by on June 9, 2021

Helping Foster Youths Earn a Diploma

May is National Foster Care Month and a time to honor these brave youth who, due to no fault of their own, find themselves in extremely stressful and often deplorable conditions. FLEX High is dedicated to being a haven for foster children who want to stay in school and graduate. There are currently about 16,000 […]

Written by on May 17, 2021