History

  • Incorporated in 1995, Orenda Education started out as a private not-for-profit organization that operated an emergency shelter for children who had been abused or neglected. The organization grew and eventually owned and operated a comprehensive behavioral healthcare system serving children and adolescents that included an emergency shelter, a psychiatric hospital, a residential treatment center, an on-site school and a psychiatry group practice clinic.

    Orenda obtained a school charter in 2001 from the Texas State Board of Education and launched Orenda Charter Schools, a subsidiary of Orenda Education in January, 2002 to serve the school age patients being served in the Orenda behavioral healthcare system. A new school philosophy and structure were introduced. The "Circle of Courage" educational philosophy and "Next Generation Instructional Methods" were implemented. Teachers who fit the new educational model were hired and within two years of implementation students began making dramatic strides in academic performance.

    In 2005, the Orenda Education governing board decided to focus the organizations mission solely on the education of students. The hospital, residential treatment center and clinic were sold. The net proceeds from the sale of the company's healthcare programs and assets are being utilized to support the Orenda charter school campuses.

  • Orenda Education Incorporating Board Members - 1995

    Richard N. Rickey

    Rick Bangert

    Chuck Elkin

    Pankaj Naik, M.D.

    Orenda Charter Schools Founding Board Members - 2001

    Gary Uffman

    Pankaj Naik, M.D.

    Dr. Mary Hensley

    Dr. JoAnn Ford

    First District Superintendent, Dr. Allene Booth
    2001 – 2003

    First School Principal, Dr. Susan Perez
    2001

    Superintendent, Linda Kelly
    2003 – 2008