Who We Are

Our Story

Founded in 1966, Key School and Training Center 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, a prominent Fort Worth pediatrician, designed the individualized program on the training they received at Scottish Rite Hospital 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. In 2018, the organization expanded to include a dyslexia therapy training program and community outreach services.

With a bright outlook for the future, Key School and Training Center successfully completed a capital campaign that allowed for the renovation of a new facility. The school and training center was relocated to the John M. Richardson Campus in September 2021, which provided opportunities for school growth and expansion of training and professional development services.

Our Mission

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

Come Visit Our School & Training Center

We invite you to visit the School and Training Center to truly experience our unique programs. The moment you step on campus, you will experience a sense of hope and will immediately know that whether you are a parent, student, or educator, you will have found a place to call home in the Key School and Training Center.

Transparency is Very Important to Us

The purpose of financial management in the operation of all Key School & Training Center activities is to fulfill the organization’s mission in the most effective and efficient manner and to remain accountable to stakeholders, including program clients, partners, donors/funders, employees, and the community. In order to accomplish this, Key commits to providing accurate and complete financial data for internal and external use by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.

As an IRS-recognized charitable organization, we are required to comply with specific laws, which include disclosing certain financial information to the public upon request, and board members must have access to financial information in order to fulfill their fiduciary duty to the nonprofit.

It’s not just about legal compliance. We embrace the values of accountability and transparency as a matter of ethical leadership.