In 1983, three Midland families who had children with special needs began exploring possibilities for improving their children’s education. They enlisted Kay Bynum, who was working successfully with one of the families. On Jan. 16, 1984, the Developmental Disabilities Center opened with Kay Bynum as the director. The school was renamed Bynum School on July 17, 1992 by duly executed Certificate of Amendment issued by the State of Texas.
Bynum School was created to serve children who are educationally challenged because of disabilities. The school has grown to an enrollment of more than 45 children and adults. In 1997 and 2014 Bynum School was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for kindergarten through the 12th grade. In 2009, the preschool program was also accredited. On January 1, 2013 Bynum School implemented an Adult Day Program to serve adults who have special needs.
Bynum School is the only private school in the Permian Basin that provides year round educational programs for children and adults who have disabilities. Without Bynum School, many of the students who enroll at Bynum School would face separation from their families at young ages and placement in residential facilities outside the community.
Bynum School relies on charitable donations, proceeds from fundraising activities, and tuition for funding. Bynum School does not receive either state or federal funds.
The IRS granted tax exempt status to Bynum School as a 501 (C) (3) charitable organization.