Our School

Ki Charter Academy is the premier educational provider for students who reside in residential facilities (RFs) and juvenile detention centers (JDCs). With small class sizes and engaging curriculum, we reduce learning gaps to help students learn behavioral management strategies and improve their communication skills.

We understand that not every student at Ki Charter will attend post-secondary education, so it is our responsibility to prepare them to become productive members of our society before leaving our school. Through vocational programming, career and technical education (CTE) courses, and a fully integrated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum, we are accomplishing this goal.

Our History

In the spring of 2013, Jerry Lager and Philip Muzzy met to discuss what education in a residential treatment facility should look like. They knew it had to be innovative, and over time, their conversations led to the formation of the ki education foundation. This 501(c)(3) non-profit spent hours collaborating with administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals to define best practices for high-needs students. Shortly thereafter, Paul Camden and Christopher Allison joined the team. In the fall of 2014, the Texas commissioner of education approved their bid for a Generation 19 charter school district.  

Ki Charter was founded on the premise of change. We believe that “every change has a story,” so we are not only educating students to learn, but we’re helping them change the way they think about education.

What Is a Charter School?

Charter schools are independent, free, public schools that maintain the same academic standards and financial accountability as traditional schools. Due to their smaller class sizes, curriculum flexibility, and levels of community engagement, charter schools can often cater to individual student needs in a way that traditional schools can’t. 

Students at Ki Charter reside at the San Marcos Treatment Center where they receive intensive psychiatric residential evaluation and treatment. Our job at the Academy is to ensure that students do not fall behind academically while they receive these services. You can learn more about charter schools and Texas regulations on the Texas Charter Schools Association website.