Category: Newsletter

From Homelessness to HBCU Scholarship Recipient

Graduating from high school and attending college was once only a dream to 19-year-old Dreama S. After overcoming multiple obstacles including surviving cancer, the trauma of losing a sister and experiencing temporary homelessness, she graduated with honors from FLEX High School in the fall of 2020 during a national pandemic. She recently started her first semester […]

Written by on March 11, 2021

She Wrote a Story in English Class. Now it’s a Book on Amazon!

Jamila Moore is now 21, but back when she was just 15, her English teacher inspired her to write a story, and to improve it with dialogue and write it as a chapter book. And it took a few years, but she now has a publisher and a fully illustrated fantasy novel, written for young […]

Written by on March 11, 2021

Pets Lend a Paw in Veterinary Science CTE Classes

  Kids who love animals often dream of becoming a veterinarian someday. But like any career path, there is a lot of hard work that needs to happen – and for high schoolers, that can start with Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. So, we offer an array of CTE pathways that prepare students for high-wage, […]

Written by on February 10, 2021

New Year’s Resolutions for Educators

Educators and parents of all backgrounds are worried about learning losses suffered by their students during the pandemic. It has become clear that teachers can’t effectively serve 120+ high school students a day doing remote learning by trying to replicate the classroom experience through Zoom. Dr. Caprice Young, our national superintendent, offers New Year’s resolutions […]

Written by on January 21, 2021

After Multiple School Transfers, Cameron Found FLEX and Flourished

Frustrated at his traditional school, Cameron got into fights with other students. As he bounced from school to school, he discovered that his teachers quickly gave up on him. Then he found FLEX and was interested in learning because of the personalized model. “I like doing my work one-on-one. Just me and my work and […]

Written by on January 21, 2021

Mentoring is Critical in Challenging Times

What is one of the most powerful tools to prevent teens from taking a troubled path, skipping school or dropping out? Experts agree – it’s mentoring. Oprah Winfrey credits her teacher/mentor for helping her overcome a troubled childhood and putting her on a path to success.   January is National Mentoring Month, and a reminder of how […]

Written by on January 21, 2021

Culinary Students Keep on Chopping Remotely

Ever since Julia Childs stepped in front of a TV camera 57 years ago to prepare an omelet, people have been learning culinary skills via television cooking shows. So, it was an easy transition for Learn4Life high schools to continue their Career Technical Education (CTE) classes for aspiring chefs during distance learning. Under the direction […]

Written by on November 12, 2020

Amazing Things Can Happen When Students See that Someone Cares

It doesn’t take a lot to show students that there are adults in their life who truly care about how they are feeling and are eager to see them achieve. And it can change someone’s life. That’s the case with Alicia G., 18, who just graduated from FLEX High in Columbus. Her mother left when […]

Written by on November 12, 2020

FLEX High Student Helping Solve Flint’s Water Crisis

It’s been a pretty good year for FLEX High School student Markeysa Peterson – even with a pandemic going on. She’s on her way to graduating, she got a job at the new Flint Community Water Lab…and she was quoted in People magazine! When the city of Flint, Michigan switched its water supply from the […]

Written by on November 12, 2020