Redefining the way people think about the role of education in restoring communities.


Five Keys uses Social and Restorative Justice principles to provide traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education with a focus on the Five Keys:

As we come to know, accept, and explore our feelings, they will become sanctuaries and fortresses and spawning grounds for the most radical and daring of ideas — the house of difference so necessary to change and the conceptualization of any meaningful action.
— Audre Lorde


Originally established by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department (2003) as the first charter school for incarcerated adults in the nation, today Five Keys is a nationally recognized non-profit education management corporation that operates accredited charter schools, workforce development and reentry programs for transitional-aged youth (TAY) and adults at over 70 locations in the community and in 17 county jails across California.


Five Keys works to restore communities through education and programs that respond to student and community needs. This, in turn, creates safer communities. Five Keys provides a range of educational programs and services including high school diploma, jail-based job centers, career and technical education, digital literacy, ESL, cognitive behavioral therapy, recovery programs, violence prevention, case management, correctional education consulting and college and career counseling in nine California counties. 


We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.
— Nelson Mandela

Contact the school near you and enroll today. Five Keys has established various programs at sites in seven counties: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and San Bernardino.