Key School and Training Center

A nonprofit organization

$200 raised by 2 donors

1% complete

$40,000 Goal


Founded in 1966, Key School began as an after-school and summer program that focused on tutoring students with dyslexia. The founders, Mary Ann Key and Mildred Gardner, through encouragement and support from Dr. John M. Richardson, designed the individualized program on the training they received at Texas Scottish Rite for Children’s Language Therapy program. As word spread of this new, specialized way of teaching, demand exceeded what was offered in the summer program. To meet this need, a traditional nine-month school was added.

Key School gained its nonprofit status in 2005 and has served over 8,000 students with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia since it began. Recognizing the community need to expand services beyond the school and summer program, Key expanded in 2018 and began a dyslexia therapy training program and outreach services while continuing Key School’s exceptional education program.

With a bright outlook for the future, Key School and Training Center successfully completed a capital campaign which allowed for the renovation of a new facility. In September of 2021, the school and training center was relocated to the John M. Richardson Campus. This campus will accommodate Key School’s growth and allow the Key School and Training Center to expand existing services through training and professional development for teachers, administrators, and parents.


Unleashing student and teacher success with individualized instruction, training, and advocacy.

Where Education Goes Beyond One Size Fits All.


Tuition and fees only cover about 70% of the cost to educate a student at our highly impactful school or to train teachers to become dyslexia therapists. The Key Pillars Annual Fund raises money to fill the 30% gap and goes directly to the operating budget providing an immediate impact.

• The gap between the costs of serving one full-time student and the tuition paid for that student per year is over $10,000.

• In addition, we strive to provide financial assistance to at least 30 percent of our students, with an average award of $4,000. Since 2008, over $1.8 million in aid has been distributed to over 312 students.

• The cost to train one teacher trainee, who will impact hundreds of students, is over $10,000.

Together, we can make a difference in a child’s life.

We invite you to thoughtfully consider sustaining and growing these life-changing programs with a gift to the Key School and Training Center.

Equity Statement

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Key School and Training Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, physical disabilities, national origin, military status, sexual orientation, or age in the administration of its educational, admission, or hiring policies.

Organization Data


Organization name

Key School and Training Center

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Education - K-12, Education - Higher Ed

Operating Budget

$3,000,000 - $9,999,999

Counties Served

Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


7950 John T. White
Fort Worth, TX 76120


817 446 3738

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