Shelton admits learning-different students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Shelton School's History

Shelton School was founded by Dr. June Shelton in Dallas, Texas, on April 2, 1976, to serve the educational needs of students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia and oral language disorders. The co-educational school opened August 1976, in a church building in Dallas for preschool through 6th grades with 48 enrolled students and an enthusiastic parent base and board of trustees. The following school year, the school population had increased to 112 students and 31 staff and faculty members. Shelton was accredited by the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools (SACS) 1990 – 2004 and received accreditation by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) in 2004.

The school founders and the board envisioned and established additional entities to serve as resources for both students and teachers at Shelton and in the greater community: The Speech Language Center serves the community through individual and group therapy, hearing and vision screening and assessments; The Evaluation Center provides comprehensive assessments for clients (age PreK through adult) that result in a roadmap for success; and the Teacher Training & Outreach Center provides instructional training for educators, parents and the community.

Shelton began adding upper-level grades in 1986; by 1999, Shelton was enrolling students in 

Early Childhood (preschool age) through 12th grade. Since its founding, Shelton School has been housed in eight different locations and has been led by four Executive Directors: 

Dr. June Shelton, 1976-1986

Sherrye Camp, 1986 – 1989

Dick Cadigan Interim Head of School 1989 – 1990

Joyce Pickering, 1990 – 2010

Suzanne Stell, 2010 - current

From 1999 to 2002, the school had two separate campus locations for grades EC - 3 and grades 4 - 12. In 2002, the lower grades moved from the Swift campus on Midway Road to the consolidated Ward campus on Hillcrest Road.  Within the next decade, the need for a larger campus to accommodate enrollment and program growth became both imperative and feasible. Shelton began a new capital campaign in 2016, which allowed the school to purchase and develop its current location at 17301 Preston Road in north Dallas. Renovation of the new 30-acre campus has added space for more classrooms, designated practice and competition space for Athletics, and a beautiful, expansive Fine Arts Center. Shelton School moved to 17301 Preston Road in Dallas in August, 2020. The benefits of the new campus became evident as student enrollment surpassed 1,100 in the 2023-2024 school year.

In 2024, Shelton initiated the planning stages for a capital campaign to complete the main theater in the Moody Fine Arts Center.