Don and Karen Belknap founded A+ Charter Schools, Inc. and the two charter school districts it currently operates:
A+ Academy, and Inspired Vision Academy.
Each school district houses an elementary school (grades PK-6), and a secondary school (grades 7-12).
With the help of several members of their family,
the Belknaps began the schools as a means to improve the lives of the children in Southeast Dallas.
The first school was established in 1998 as
Rylie Academy, and in the year 2000 became known as A+ Academy.
Over the next few years they worked to establish the other three schools:
A+ Academy Secondary, Inspired Vision Elementary, and Inspired Vision Secondary.
Mrs. Belknap continues to be involved in the schools as 'Director Emeritus' on the Board of Directors,
and is an active participant in school activities. Two of her children continue to
provide leadership within the organization, and many of the original employees continue to be involved in meaningful ways.