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March 2022
News, updates and perspectives on the
future of education from FLEX High
Graciano, Like Many Students, Fell Behind During Remote Learning
Always an eager student, Graciano was on track to graduate early – until the pandemic hit. Like so many students who were not proficient with technology, he struggled to keep up with remote classes. His former school couldn’t help him, and he fell further and further behind.

Fortunately, a friend told him about our high school and in just three months he was able to catch up on credits and graduate. “Teachers at my former school weren’t as involved with the students,” he explained. “Here, the smaller classes, and letting us work on a subject at our own speed made all the difference for me.”
Our Robust Intern Program Benefits Students AND Future Social Workers
Social work is one of the fastest-growing professions in the U.S., which is well timed since the demand for mental health support in high schools continues to grow. In this post-pandemic world, teens are experiencing significantly more stress and economic challenges. Our counseling team has created a robust social worker internship program with 10 local colleges and universities throughout the country. 
While school counselors focus on academics, social-emotional health and college or career placement, school social workers help keep students in school by supporting their social-emotional needs through creating a seamless link between the home, school and community.
A Little Understanding Goes a Long Way
for Student Success
The transition to high school from junior high was challenging for Serina. The schoolwork became more demanding, and her teachers didn’t take time to understand where she needed help. “Starting high school changed my perspective. Everything got harder and nobody tried to understand where I needed the help. The teachers just wanted to get through the class,” said Serina, age 17, who continued to struggle at her previous school.