Key School

Key School`s campus in Fort Worth serves 96 students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students and families reside throughout Tarrant, Dallas, and Parker Counties. Key School assists students with learning differences through small classes and individually tailored instruction, utilizing their strengths in order to reach their academic and social potential. Key School is fully accredited by COGNIA and has a proven track record of increasing the academic achievement of students with learning differences. At Key, students gain self-confidence after feeling defeated in other learning environments. They read and write at or above grade level and experience success for the first time in their educational journey. Our program is centered around seven Key Pillars of Success deep-rooted in our curriculum and success through our Founder, Mary Ann Key. Focus on Academic Language Therapy, multi-sensory, structured approach to reading
Low student-to-teacher ratio with small class sizes  Individualized instruction with unique student learning profiles for every student
Improvement of executive function skills through our Student Organizer System
Foundation of Greek and Latin RootsStudy of Classic Literature across all grade levels  Increased vocabulary through Word of the Week

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Top Ranked TX School
  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 102 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,950
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 6 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Key School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Texas for:


School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, ADHD, Auditory Process, Executive Processing, Learning Differences
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
102 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
Key School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
6 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
School Uniforms are purchased through Mills Uniforms

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition may be paid annually, by semester, or monthly.
Summer Program Cost Notes
Cost varies based on the class(es) selected.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Caroline James


Total Sports Offered
2 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Board Game Club, Chess Club, Student Council

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Golf Club, Volleyball Club

School Notes

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. RichardsonCampus in September 2021, which provided opportunities for school growth and expansion of training and professional development services.

Since 1966, Key School has pioneered the way in the Fort Worth area by serving students with learning differences and their families. Educators, therapists, and administrators work to build self-esteem and equip students with the tools they need to succeed academically, emotionally, and socially. Learning differences are not a "one size fits all," and many students are impacted by more than one learning challenge.

The Key School admissions team works closely with families to determine the needs of the whole child, considering both academic and social-emotional needs. Key School`s goal is to support students in reaching their highest potential.

We are a STRONG FIT for the following learning differences:
  • Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Language-based Learning Disabilities
  • Learning Challenges Related to Processing Speed & Working Memory
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Level I
  • Challenges with Social/Emotional Learning
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Key School cost?
Key School's tuition is approximately $22,950 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Key School?
The acceptance rate of Key School is 75%, which is lower than the national average of 85%. Key School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Texas with low acceptance rates.
Does Key School offer a summer program?
Yes, Key School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Key School offer?
Key School offers 2 interscholastic sports: Golf and Volleyball.
What is Key School's ranking?
Key School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Texas for: Lowest average acceptance rates.
When is the application deadline for Key School?
The application deadline for Key School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Top Ranked TX School
  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 102 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,950
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 6 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Fort Worth, TX is $11,065 for elementary schools and $12,867 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Fort Worth, TX is 85% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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