Key School started as
a six-week summer program...

In 1964, the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital’s Pediatric Neurology Division initiated a cutting edge language therapy program designed to teach dyslexic students how to read. The program, utilizing the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling, focused on one-to-one student/teacher interaction. Among the program’s first graduates was Mary Ann Key, who was encouraged to attend by pediatrician John Richardson, M.D. In 1966, Mrs. Key and fellow teacher, Mildred Gardner opened Key School’s doors for the first time.

Key School started as a six week summer program utilizing the Scottish Rite curriculum. Its goal was to help students with their individual learning needs. The school thrived under the guidance of Mrs. Key, Mrs. Gardner, and Dr. Richardson. Hundreds of children with dyslexia and other learning differences succeeded at Key School each and every summer.

One thing that will never change is the school's mission to provide an individualized learning environment...

As word spread of this new, specialized way of teaching, demand for the school exceeded what was offered in the summer program. To meet this need, a nine month program was added. Now, underachieving students had a place where they could find academic success year round.

At first, the school was held in many temporary locations, including churches and even Mrs. Key’s own house, but in 1996 Key School moved into its current location, the McCaslin Building on the east side of Fort Worth. The facility was modified for compliance with ADA requirements, providing 11,268 sq. ft. of space.

As the school continues to grow and progress, many of the original teaching principles remain, including the Orton-Gillingham method. One thing that will never change is the school’s mission to provide an individualized learning environment where students can find academic success.