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

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HOPE will never be SILENT.
— Harvey Milk


Continuing to Strike Out Violence


20 years of STRIKING OUT VIOLENCE at AT&T Park. Sunny Schwartz and Delia Ginorio, Five Keys Founder, and Board President, RESPECTIVELY, on the field w/Larry Baer, Giants CEO.

Class in Session for Santa Clara County High Risk Inmates

School has started for many in the Bay Area, and one classroom in the South Bay is anything but typical, with students wearing handcuffs and shackles. 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.


Pit Stop LA being interviewed by Channel 4 Los Angeles

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"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.


Mobile classroom bus will steer adults toward a diploma

Thousands of high school dropouts in San Francisco would like to return to the classroom, but for many, the short distance from home to an adult school might as well be a hundred miles given turf wars, gang ties or other safety concerns.

That’s the challenge described by local education leaders who will bring a classroom to those potential students in the unusual form of a revamped Muni bus stocked with computers, Internet access, and a teacher.

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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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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