Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academies
The five Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academies embrace a strong culture of high expectations and both teachers and students receive a multitude of resources to make that happen.
In the 2017-18 school year, these schools were reconstituted as “leadership academies.” The plan was unveiled by Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and supported by a $1-million-dollar gift from the Richard Rainwater Charitable Foundation, a longtime champion of public education.
“We have for the past year reallocated personnel and resources to the Fort Worth ISD campuses that need them most, and this is the next step in changing both the culture and the destiny of our most challenging campuses,” said Dr. Scribner. “This is a first step in putting the District’s new Board-approved equity policy into action.”
The campuses – Mitchell Blvd. Elementary School, John T. White Elementary School, Como Elementary School, Logan Elementary School, and Forest Oak Middle School --- hired new teachers and administrators from a pool of educators who had been identified as the most highly-qualified in the District. Employees receive a significant financial incentive for their three-year commitment to improve the academic outcomes at these campuses.
Each campus is now known by a new name; for instance, the Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard. The schools operate on an extended-day schedule, remaining open until 6 p.m. and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The donation from the Rainwater Foundation pays for after-school activities and tutoring. Additional donations pay for student uniforms.