Our Flagship School: K.C. Wright Leadership Academy
KCWLA, Now Enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year.
In November 2010, Broward County Public Schools approved K.C. Wright Schools, Inc.’s first charter application, Kathleen C. Wright Leadership Academy (KCWLA), to serve children in grades Kindergarten through 8.
We are currently enrolling K-7 for the upcoming (2013-2014)school year. Our plan is to accommodate over 400 students in grades K-8 in the near future.
The mission of the Kathleen C. Wright Leadership Academy is to provide a rigorous educational program enhanced by character education & leadership training that promotes high academic achievement, while preparing students to attend college and to become productive citizens in a global community.
During its first year of operation (the 2011-2012 school year), KCWLA served 146 students in grades K – 5. KCWLA has an open admissions policy, utilizing a “first come, first served” policy. If registration forms exceed capacity a lottery will be utilized.
Please visit the Our School page to learn more about KCWLA and its unique academic program.
I imagine a school system that recognizes learning is natural, that a love of learning is normal, and that real learning is passionate learning. A school curriculum that values questions above answers…creativity above fact regurgitation…individuality above conformity… and excellence above standardized performance. Tom Peters
Kathleen C. Wright Schools, Inc. was founded in 2009 in memory of and as a legacy to the late Dr. Kathleen C. Wright.
Dr. Wright was born, raised, and lived her entire life in the 33311 zip code of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was valedictorian of Dillard High School’s Class of 1953. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida A&M University, she taught for 16 years at Dillard High School. While teaching, she earned her Master’s Degree from Florida A&M University and a Doctorate Degree from Florida Atlantic University. In 1974, she became the first Black person elected to serve on the School Board of Broward County and also the first Black person to serve on any school board in the State of Florida. As a board member, Dr. Wright served two, four-year terms (1974 – 1982) and was a strong advocate of school integration and affirmative action. She was dedicated to providing a quality education to all of Broward County’s children. Both the Broward County Public Schools Administration Building and its street location are named in her honor.
Dr. Kathleen C. Wright set a high standard for courage, vision, and leadership. She improved education, inspired activism within her community, and brought new representation to the Black community in Broward County. Now her life’s work will continue through K.C. Wright Schools, Inc.
K.C. Wright Schools, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the development of high performing charter schools that provide challenging and nurturing learning environments to students in elementary through high school.
We believe that exposing children to academic programs that provide an education that is based on high expectations (practices that have been proven to work for children in low-income communities, as well as for privileged and gifted children), the proper environment, and support, they can learn successfully and go to college in spite of barriers such as single parent families and low income homes.