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


Through the use of Social and Restorative Justice Principles, Five Keys provides traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education with a focus on the Five Keys: EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, RECOVERY, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY.


Originally established by the SF Sheriff’s Department (2003) 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 TAY youth and adults at 70 locations across California. Five Keys operates with the goal of restoring communities through education and other programs that respond to the students’ and community needs---which in turn creates safer communities. Five Keys provides a range of educational programs and services including: high school diploma, career and technical education, digital literacy, ESL, cognitive behavioral, recovery programs, case management, correctional education consulting and college access to transitional aged youth and adults in six California counties.

Statement of Workplace Culture

At Five Keys, we treat all people with respect. We communicate calmly and respectfully with our students and colleagues. We are not concerned with why a student is incarcerated or why a student is utilizing the services of our community partners, but rather we are concerned about where they are in the education process and how we can help them succeed. We have a sense of urgency in meeting the needs of our students. We do not judge our students or colleagues or make assumptions about their backgrounds. We work together cooperatively and professionally for the success of our students. Our students, our colleagues, our community partners and the Sheriff's Department staff are our customers for which we strive to provide the highest level of service at all times.