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May 2022
News, updates and perspectives on the
future of education from FLEX High
Why Does a Smart, Happy Kid Who Likes School Decide to Drop Out?
For Andrew S., 18, it was the pandemic. He liked going to school to spend time with other students, he loved to learn, and he was close with his teachers. His home life was good with close-knit family, and he enjoyed a great childhood exploring and playing in the woods. But when COVID hit, his school like most, was ill-prepared to transition to distance learning, slow to adapt to technology and at a loss for how to maintain a personal connection with students to keep them motivated.
Haa, waxaan ku hadalnaa Soomaali
(Yes, We Speak Somali)
When you think of bilingual teachers, most people think of Spanish speakers, but in our network of personalized learning schools, 59% of our students are English learners, speaking 52+ different languages… Mayan languages Garifuna and Xinca, Chaldean, Filipino, Armenian, Kurdish, Hmong, Lao, Punjabi, Somali, Lahu, Khmer, Urdu and more.

While we have teachers, tutors and counselors speaking dozens of languages, with the shortage of bilingual teachers, we’re innovating in any way we can to ensure these students don’t fall behind.
Maddy Learned it’s Okay to Ask for Help
Maddy R. had a tough childhood, being in foster care, living with various relatives and the ensuing trauma and anxiety that left her feeling lost. “Striving for academic success was the only thing that kept me alive for many years and this school sort of became my way out,” she explained. “I got the one-on-one time and patience that I needed and deserved. I had to learn that it was okay to ask for help.”

Now, Maddy is helping current students learn that important life skill.