FLEX stands for Foreign Langauge Experience. Classes are offered in the fall and spring in various languages.  Past languages have been French, Spanish, and German.  Point of contact is Kim Marinus – kim_marinus@msn.com.

For more information about the FLEX program, click here for the FLEX Program Summary 2015-2016.

Kent Gardens is pleased to host FRENCH 1, FRENCH 2 and FRENCH 3  classes this year.  Please read about this year’s classes in our overview: FLEX Classes Info 2015-16  Classes will start the week of October 21st, 2013 and will run for 20 sessions.

To register online , click on the FCPS FLEX website for online registration.

Click the Online browse/register button on the left side of the page.  Then click the Kids and Teens link on the left side; next click FLEX, and you will see the FLEX courses available by course number and section number (you may find the appropriate course number in the registration form linked above).  Please be sure to include at least two phone numbers and an email address with your online registration information.  Online registration will be available until two weeks before the first class unless otherwise indicated.

Why Enroll in a FLEX Class?

As a student in the FLEX language program, your child will receive an introduction to the target language and culture. Utilizing their senses, the students will learn through dialogues, commands, pictures, stories, songs, games and foods of the target country.  Due to the time limitations and the nature of the program, please do not expect fluency. Students will not receive grades. Instructors will send home a progress report at the end of the course.

In the beginning curriculum (initial year and second year), a typical course will include the following topics:

  • Introductory social dialogue
  • Colors, numbers
  • Animals
  • Foods
  • Parts of the body
  • Classroom objects
  • Weather/climate, seasons, calendar
  • Family
  • Clothing
  • Basic national culture: map location, flag, landmarks, songs, art, holiday customs

The goal of the advanced or third year curriculum is to expand upon these basic vocabulary patterns through the introduction of reading, writing and grammar exercises.  Students who have completed two years of the FLEX beginning program (30 hours minimum) are eligible for the advanced or third year curriculum.


If you are interested in learning more about what Fairfax County offers in their Adult Continuing Education Program (ACE), please see: