Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts is a public charter school with a unique story to tell. It begins in 1946 with the creation of Texas Boys Choir, a publicly supported professional nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the vocal talents of gifted young men, a nationally and internationally renowned choir for more than 70 years – and our founding organization.
Fueled by a long tradition of successfully mentoring young performers to achieve choral excellence, the organization. expanded upon its mission in an effort to inspire young men and women from all walks of life to pursue their dreams. The mission of Texas Center for Arts + Academics is to establish, support and grow our charter schools, the Texas Boys Choir, and our other artistic programs, which are designed to foster a lifelong passion for artistic and academic excellence. In 2001, the organization opened its first public charter school, and Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) was born. FWAFA is a unique environment designed to provide the best of both worlds under one roof: professional artistic training and nationally recognized academic and college preparatory programs for male and female students in grades 3 through 12. In addition to a rigorous classroom schedule, students receive training in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Admission to FWAFA is by audition and 500 students are enrolled this year. Competition is keen to enter FWAFA in the 3rd and 6th grades. Students rarely leave, and 100% graduate.
For more than 70 years, Texas Boys Choir has been instrumental in instilling a love of artistic expression and a desire to succeed in its young members. Today, Texas Center for Arts + Academics is a strong voice in the North Texas arts community, and an active advocate for providing young people the means and opportunity to explore and excel in their lives.