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Life School, a nonprofit network of tuition-free, public charter schools in Texas, was founded in 1998 to serve families in southern Dallas. Sparked by the vision of Dr. Tom Wilson, Life School opened its doors in Oak Cliff with 15 staff and 266 students. Dr. Wilson’s vision was to provide a quality education and give parents educational choice regardless of their ability to pay.
 
Today, Life School operates 10 campuses serving more than 5,600 students in Carrollton (K-5), Cedar Hill (K-6), Lancaster (K-6), Mountain Creek (K-6), Oak Cliff (K-12), Red Oak (K-6) and Waxahachie (7-12).
 
Life School educates students and builds leaders through strong academics, character training, and partnerships with parents and the community. Families access abundant opportunities, including strong athletics, dual credit, science education, and a strong focus on character and leadership.
 
New families interested in enrolling for the current school year can apply online today.
New families interested in enrolling next fall can apply for the enrollment lottery beginning the first week of March through the end of March.
 
Life School began in 1998 to serve students and families in southern Dallas. It is through the vision of the founder, Dr. Tom Wilson, that Life School opened its doors with 15 faculty and staff members serving 266 students at the Oak Cliff campus.
 
Since its inception over a decade ago, Life School has experienced substantial increases in enrollment. Testimonies from parents to friends, neighbors and co-workers have fueled growth. Today, Life School has grown to nine campuses serving almost six thousand students.
 
Dr. Wilson’s vision was to provide a quality education and give parents an educational choice regardless of a parent’s ability to pay. He envisioned a tuition-free school with the quality of an expensive private school. After enactment of public charter school legislation, Dr. Wilson realized that a public charter school was the avenue to fulfill this vision. Through the help of friends, educators and other professionals the charter was drafted and approved by the TEA in the spring of 1998, and the doors opened only a few months later in August 1998.

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The mission of Life School is to develop leaders with life skills through strong academics, character training, and partnerships with parents and the community.

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  • 5600+ Students
  • 100% Graduation Rate
  • 100% Post-secondary & Military Acceptance
  • 1200+ Student Athletes