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Sexual Health Education

Family Life and Sexual Health (F .L.A.S.H.) 

Grades: 5-6

The Seattle and King County Department, State of Washington developed this curriculum.  The F.L.A.S.H. curriculum is unique in several ways:

Addresses such issues as physical development, promotion of sexual health, prevention of disease, affection, interpersonal relationships, body image, and gender roles.

Spans the school­-age years (grades 5th­-12th and secondary special education).

Embraces an abstinence-­based approach, as well as information related to the prevention of pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Rests on a foundation of positive and healthy sexuality across the lifespan.

Focuses on the needs of public schools and diverse communities.

Ensures discussion about the wide spectrum of beliefs on sensitive issues.

Values family involvement.


The F.L.A.S.H. curriculum, like most of the sexual health curricula that have been proven effective, is grounded in Social Learning Theory. It is designed to encourage people to make healthy choices: abstain longer, use protection if they do have sex, seek healthcare when they need it, communicate effectively with their families and with their partners and health care providers, seek help for sexual abuse, treat others with respect (not harass or exploit them), and stand up to harassment and exploitation.

Community Resources

Examples of community resources: this list is not exhaustive as some schools may have resources unique to their community or geographic area.

Hawaii Department of Health

Sex Abuse Treatment Center of Hawaii - SATC

Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention

Hawaii Health Matters

Hawaii Pacific Health


Kalihi-Palama Health Center

Kokua Kalihi Valley

Koolauloa Community Health and Wellness Center

Waikiki Health Center

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center