Humble Beginnings

Dr. Tom Wilson, Founder

Dr. Tom Wilson, Founder

Dr. Wilson organized Life School of Dallas in 1989 to train adults who were jobless and without employable skills. Homeless housing, medical care, and job placement services operated successfully. Activities for youth and children were provided, and they were very successful in terms of the 100’s of youth involved. However, the crowds came and went, and Dr. Wilson was dissatisfied to see only a small percentage of persons whose lifestyles were permanently changed.

Gang warfare erupted on the streets of Dallas in 1993. Dallas became the murder capital of the nation with the highest percentage of murders per capita of any United States city of 100,000 people or more. Dr. Wilson envisioned a free tuition school to teach and train the children before they get in trouble.

During the next five years, Dr. Wilson read scores of textbooks addressing educational philosophy and successful school paradigms, and raised funds to provide resources to start a school. In 1997 he worked on a charter school application from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  

Skilled educational lawyers, notable educators, and community leaders all worked together with Dr. Wilson to complete the extensive documentation required in the application. The TEA charter was granted on March 6, 1998, and Life School became a free tuition, open enrollment charter public school on August 12, 1998.  

Dr. Wilson’s remarkable vision, coupled with the dedication and professionalism of Life School faculty and staff, are impacting a new generation of successful achievers.


Knowledge and understanding can be instilled in these young people, and it will carry them to the top of the mountain, but they will fall off a cliff if they do not have the character that is able to keep them there.
— Dr. Tom Wilson

Our Mission

The Mission of Life School is to train leaders with life skills for the twenty-first century by establishing strong academics, character training, and a parenting program.


What is a charter?

  • A charter school is a public school of choice that operates independently under a charter agreement with the State of Texas and the Texas Education Agency. 
  • Parents can opt to enroll their children in a charter school without paying tuition, since charter schools are supported with state tax revenue. 
  • Charter schools are subject to the same state and federal academic accountability standards as traditional public schools and are guided by their own unique mission statements.
  • Create professional opportunities that will attract new teachers to the public school system
  • Life School is an “open-enrollment charter”
  • Life School opened its doors in the fall of 1998