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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.

Our journey began in 2003, when the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department established
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 students’ and communities’ 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.
Thank you for your continued support of our school and mission.

Steve Good

San Francisco | Los Angeles | Alameda | San Mateo | Santa Clara | Solano | San Bernardino

Your contribution changes lives. Any donation large or small makes a difference in the lives of our students.

*Please make checks payable to
Five Keys Schools and Programs: 70 Oak Grove Street, San Francisco 94107

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Five Keys Schools and Programs joins the international community in mourning the deaths of Muslim worshippers in New Zealand. This is a particularly devastating time for our Muslim population, who we stand with in solidarity and support. As a school, we denounce all forms of hate and bigotry and pledge to continue to make our classrooms safe and welcoming for all students while promoting peace, love, and acceptance.

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Help us reach our goal of pulling off an amazing, inclusive Prom evening for our under-served youth population while treating yourself to some Five Keys apparel! Why? 

The national average price of a prom costs $919 per attendee! 

We are excited to share that ALL services provided to our students for Prom-  from hair and make-up to transportation and the dance floor - Free of Cost! This amazing feat is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Five Keys and our generous staff and partners! 

We are very proud of this event, as it is a true testament to just what can be accomplished when a community comes together for their youth.  Through the hard work, dedication, and support of generous staff and partners, Five Keys is able to give their youth a safe, a self-esteem building experience, and we hope YOU can add that extra sparkle to make the night especially magical. 

Services provided for students in the past
have included:

  • Field trips to the Cinderella Project (hosted by A Place Called Home), where boys and girls shopped for the perfect outfit at no cost to them. 

  • The venue, generously discounted by the La Canada Flintridge Country Club, serves as the picturesque backdrop for the evening. 

  • Paul Mitchell School transforms the Boyle Heights Youth Technology Center into a glam station, primping young men and women for the big night.

  • American Nation Tours provides charter buses and limos to transport students to the venue. 

In the Press

This School on a Bus Is Bringing Education to Everyone

Great Big Story. October 1, 2019

Shelia Hill grew up in San Francisco’s Sunnydale Projects. It was a rough neighborhood. She got into trouble when she was young and dropped out of school. She thought it wasn’t for her. Hill’s attitude changed after she had her own children. One day, her son asked why he should bother going to school since she didn’t. It was a lightbulb moment.

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Visionary’s Programs Transform Inmates’ Lives In & Beyond San Francisco County Jail

KPIX CBS SF BAY AREA. July 31, 2019
by Sharon Chin

“Traditional incarceration was about playing cards and dominoes, watching really bad TV and never taking the time to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘My God, what have you done?'” said Schwartz.

She came across a disturbing case in the 1980s: a child molester who was set to get out of jail in two weeks, who was promising to re-offend, and he did. After that, she set out to find new ways to help inmates come out of jail better than when they entered.

As Program Director under former San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey in the 1980s, Schwartz and he co-founded several programs to change lives. Read More →

Pit Stop LA. Community Outreach

Battling SoCAL’s heatwave by passing out water bottles to the homeless. In partnership with our Hunters Point Family.

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Pit Stop LA being interviewed by Channel 4 Los Angeles

"Pit-Stop" monitors and community ambassadors in Downtown LA

Five Keys partners with Hunters Point Family and Los Angeles Dept of Public works to hire 28 ex-offenders to work as "Pit-Stop" monitors and community ambassadors in Downtown LA and Skid Row.

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Five Keys has established various satellite programs at sites throughout the greater San Francisco and Los Angeles regions.

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FIVE KEYS' CAP ALLIANCE receivers the city of Los Angeles certificate of appreciation for its service on the mayor’s blue ribbon commision on employment equity.


FIVE KEY’S 2018 LCAP Engagement.

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Your contribution changes lives. Any donation large or small makes a difference in the lives of our students.

*Please make checks payable to
Five Keys Schools and Programs: 70 Oak Grove Street, San Francisco 94107


I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us,
but it won’t.
— Audre Lorde