Key School Mission
Overcoming learning differences to create individualized educational success.
Key School Vision
Our students are equipped with the skills and strategies necessary to address their learning differences and to achieve their own level of academic confidence and future success.
Key School lifts academic and social performance by:
1. Conducting a comprehensive initial evaluation that provides historical educational insight
2. Placing students in classes based on ability
3. Providing personalized instruction and continuous academic monitoring
4. Equipping our specialized educators with the latest research-supported best practices and professional development in the field of learning differences
Key School provides a learning environment that caters to children diagnosed with learning differences. Despite their diagnoses, we find many of these students are above grade level in some areas. Our flexible scheduling accommodates the unique requirements of each student and plays a large role in finding academic success.
These learning differences may include:
- Dyslexia, dygraphia, dyscalculia
- Auditory processing disorders
- Attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Processing and memory deficits
- Communications disorders
About Key School
Key School has served Tarrant County since 1966 as one of the pioneer schools in the state for children with learning differences. The school’s beginnings with Dr. John Richardson and Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital established a reputation of excellence and innovation in the community while connecting with many local schools. As a result, many students with learning differences have been referred to the Key Summer Program. Now Key School provides services to many of the special needs and pediatric medical communities in Dallas/Fort Worth through effectively addressing learning difficulties.
The supporting educational environment at Key School caters to the unique identity of each student and focuses on them as an individual rather than just their learning differences.
Key School equips students with all resources and tools they will need to succeed academically, emotionally, and socially. Educators, therapists, and administrators for all ages and grade levels work to build self-esteem and teach skills to live a life of success. The highly qualified staff of Key School have completed advanced training and received certifications to provide the highest level of support. With no more than four students per teach, every student can receive the individualized attention, support, and mentorship that is one of the school’s greatest strengths.
Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, the Early Childhood Program will offer classes for 3- and 4-year old children, which will focus on kindergarten readiness and lay the foundation for future academic success. The vision for these early childhood classes will prepare young children for their academic career, promote healthy social and primary learning skills, and early reading intervention with an Academic Language Therapist. Born out of the Key School’s Kindergarten Academic Readiness Summer Program that has been offered since the school’s inception, this concept has been expanded to a Nine-Month Program. Through it Key School will be able to provide its comprehensive early education curriculum and an improved likelihood of academic success to students in Forth Worth and surrounding areas.
School Design with a Purpose
About the new Key School building coming 2019
Key School will be designed with a purpose-built environment and a multisensory approach to learning. Student brains overloaded with stimuli that is not conducive to learning provides additional challenges that prevent educational success. The learning needs of the student will be the driving force behind every decision made in the design and building process of Key School.
- Flex-spaced classrooms designed for both cooperative learning and small group instruction
- Flex seating to allow for movement during instruction
- Indirect and soft overhead lighting with light controls to adjust the intensity of light
- Clerestory Windows (windows above eye level) for natural light, and to reduce outside distractions
- Warm, calming color palette
- Classrooms equipped with individual technology outlet drops, for access to assisted technology learning
- Classrooms acoustically sound to avoid distractions
- Academic Language Therapy classrooms equipped with student learning observation windows and one way mirrors
- Sensory controlled calming areas to promote positive social and emotional health
- Outdoor classrooms
- Student recreation area
- Open locker spaces for enhanced organization
- Wooded trails to create a relaxing environment
- Entryway with a fireplace to create a home environment
- Enlarged storage spaces for Orton-Gillingham reading materials