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History

The A. W. Brown Leadership Academy is a third generation elementary school presently serving students from pre-kindergarten three-year-olds through eighth grade. Founded in 1999 by the Reverend Armond W. Brown, this charter represents the most contemporary and aggressive trend of thought in public pro-choice education today.
 
Although the school is technically classified “public”, what makes it unique is the rare fusion of the tuition-free aspect of traditional public school education and the rigorous academic requirements, discipline, and learning climate historically associated with private school education. Armed with a faculty of the most experienced and well equipped teachers in North Texas, the school is clearly committed to the mission of “building a firm academic, attitudinal, and moral foundation that will support a lifetime of high achievement for each of its students in the classroom, the home, and society.”
 
AWBLA is located in the urban southern sector of Dallas, Texas, commonly known as Oak Cliff and serves a racially diverse body of students (98% African American, 1% Hispanic, and .01% Anglo). Our student body population is predominantly comprised of moderate to low-income families, with over 86% of the student population considered at-risk or economically disadvantaged.
 
Historical Highlights:

1999 - The school opened with 109 PreK-3rd Grade students at the Fellowship Baptist Church of Oak Cliff (sponsoring entity)
 
2004 - A. W. Brown North Campus Opened
 
2009 - PreKindergarten Satellite Campus Opened at Concord Missionary Baptist Church
 
2010 - Name changed to A. W. Brown-Fellowship Leadership Academy
 
2016 - Dr. Laura Mimms was named the Superintendent
 
2017 - Name changed to A. W. Brown Leadership Academy