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     Jo Kelly School educates medically fragile students with severe and profound disabilities, aged three to twenty-one. 

    The FWISD Special Education Department supports the District mission of preparing all students for success and supports differentiating instruction, as appropriate, to meet the needs of all students.

    It also provides support in the delivery of services to students with special needs as determined by the Admission, Review or Dismissal (ARD) Committee and as stated in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).



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    The staff here at Jo Kelly School provide many learning environments for students to reach their educational goals. 

    The Sensory Room Committee includes teachers, teaching assistants, therapists, and our principal.

    The Sensory Room experience is provided under the guidance of Jo Kelly School staff, who know which piece of equipment and which activity will benefit each student the most. 


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  • We Love Our Jo Kelly School Family Members!

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     Over the last year, Jo Kelly School families have had opportunities to volunteer or just enjoy the day with their child. We continue to have numerous volunteer opportunities and special events that families are welcome to participate in.  

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     ♥   Jo Kelly School Volunteers  ⇒

    Jo Kelly is lucky to have the BEST family volunteers in Fort Worth!

    Our volunteers help with field trips, find services for our students and families, and run the different activities that we have throughout the school year. 

     We would like to make an special shout out to Mr.Hardin. Mr.Hardin has taken it upon himself to maintain the beauty and integrity of the  The Alison Hardin Playground and Eli Bradford Garden of Angels  each month for years and years. 

    Thank You Mr. Hardin! 


     Our Family Involvement Is Priceless!

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     In September of this year we had Grandparents day! Parents and grandparents came! We expect a bigger turnout next year too! 

     In October we had The Fall Festival and many parents attended to spend time with their children. 

     The last Thursday of each November Jo Kelly School hosts The Family Feast with families bringing food and eating together! Families also did a Turkey Craft Project which was used for decoration.

     As recently as two weeks ago in January we had many families join us on field trips! You can see the fun we all had in the following galleries: 

    Stock Show 

    Sea Quest  ⇒

     Jo Kelly School families are ALWAYS willing to help when needed and recently donated hand towels and washcloths. 

     The teachers and staff of Jo Kelly School are involved every day in communicating with families by writing in notebooks etc.  These notes and correspondence go back and forth to alert to the specific needs of each child for each day.

     The students at Jo Kelly School are nonverbal so it is vital that teachers and care givers maintain this close communicative relationship.  

     In February our families are invited to join us for The Valentine’s Day Dance on February 14th. Families are crafting together and making Valentine mailboxes  with their child to be used during our Valentine Festivities . ⇐ Go See!

     Jo Kelly School families have also been invited to celebrate with us during The Annual Black History Program on February of each year.

    This event includes many staff and students participating and making our Black History Program fun and educational. You won't want to miss it! The gallery is pending, but go check out the nurse door!  The Annual Jo Kelly Black History Program   ⇒


    Thank you to our Jo Kelly Families from the staff of Jo Kelly School!

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    Jo Kelly School has enormous community support for which we are thankful. 

    Jo Kelly high school students help pack sack lunches for a program that provides food for the hungry through mission services offered at Broadway Baptist Church. 

    We support the church’s mission of helping those in need.  Our students are able to give back to the community by providing these vocational services. 

  • Paws Across Texas


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       Virginia from Paws Across Texas has been visiting Jo Kelly for over 20 years!

    Go See the Pictures! ⇒ 

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    Webby Award



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    Goodbye Retirees!

    With 140+ years of experience Jo Kelly wishes our five 2021 retirees a well-deserved, restful and happy retirement! 


    Board of Trustees

    Thank you, for your dedication to Fort Worth ISD sudents, teachers and the community!

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    Support Our Soldiers

    96.3 KSCS and SOS (Support Our Soldiers) promoted an annual holiday card drive. 

    Our students made cards for the soldiers!


      Martin Luther King Jr.
    Day of Service 
    January 20th

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    Each year the Jo Kelly staff, students and their families participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. 

    In December 2019 they were asked to focus on collecting toiletries.  There was a collection box in the front foyer under The Giving Tree.   The items were collected and distributed to the Fort Worth Homeless Community on January 20th 2020.


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    Jo Kelly Students receive a well rounded education full of new experiences.

    April of each year we celebrate Earth Day. Our whole school is a buzz with Earth Day projects and activities.

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    The Jo Kelly Garden Club  

    Jo Kelly students are building and maintaining the school garden for their enjoyment.



    Scout Day

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    In the month of April, Jo Kelly School has Scout Day. 

    The activities are age appropriate, hand over hand activities that fall right in with the goals many of our students have.

    Go See!  

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    In order to facilitate better learning, Jo Kelly Staff help each other 'get ready'! 

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     Many Helping Hands

    The whole entire staff is always willing  to give that extra hand by opening doors, pushing students to their next class, moving laundry, fetching equiptment or just getting lunch for the class next door. There is always extra muscle to help lift or set up rooms for the next activity.

    It is great to work with such a helpful staff!


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