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Five Keys Schools & Programs

  • Five Keys Schools & Programs
  • 70 Oak Grove
  • San Francisco, CA 94118
  • 2003
  • Joe Durant
  • College Transition Manager
  • (415) 484-5194

Program Description

Here at Five Keys, our goal is to restore communities through education. Our philosophy is that through social and restorative justice principles, we can provide traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education, focusing on five key areas: Education, Employment, Recovery, Family, and Community.

Five Keys as the first charter school in the nation to operate inside of a county jail. Today, Five Keys is a nationally recognized education management (non-profit) corporation that operates accredited charter schools and programs for transitional-aged youth (TAY) and adults at 70 locations across California. Through our focus on restoring communities through education and other programs that respond to the studentsâ?? and communitiesâ?? needs, we are creating safer communities. Five Keys provides a range of educational programs and services including: high school diploma, career and technical education, digital literacy, ESL education, cognitive behavioral therapy, recovery programs, case management, correctional education consulting, and college access to TAY and adults in seven California counties: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and San Bernardino. Through these efforts, our ultimate vision for our students is that they will develop transferable skills through curriculum and instruction that take learning off the page, out of the classroom, and into the 21st century workplace and learning environments. They will be leaders, advocates, and competitors, making positive contributions within their communities, families, and homes.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Mentoring


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Berkeley College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Laney College
  • Merritt College
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of California-San Francisco