The Academy, conceived by Mrs. Audrey Lawson, opened in 2002. In 2016, the Kinder Foundation made a catalyst commitment to the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace & Prosperity: a $1 million matching grant for the new Lawson Academy, the largest single donation to the capital campaign for the construction of The Lawson Academy. The school opened in 2017.
In May 2019, thanks to support from parents, students, the Kinder Foundation, Houston Endowment and Powell Foundation, the Lawson Academy dedicated a SPARK Park on its campus, increasing park equity in the Third Ward.walipp.org
News & Press
- SPARKing Change in Houston’s Park Deserts —Blog Post
- Two Interesting Things about Kinder’s Million-Dollar Charter School Grant —Inside Philanthropy
- Kinder Foundation gives $1M to build new charter school near UH —Houston Business Journal
- WALIPP announces $1 million matching gift from the Kinder Foundation for construction of The Lawson Academy —Press Release