The Fletcher Academy was originally founded as The Achievement School of Raleigh, North Carolina by Dr Leon Silber in 1981. Silber worked tirelessly to fashion the school of his dreams, an environment that specialized in serving students with learning differences. It was the first school of its kind in the state of North Carolina. In 1991, with assistance from The AJ Fletcher Foundation, Silber moved the school to its current 8 acre location in North Raleigh. Upon his retirement, the school adopted a new governance structure and assumed a new name, The Fletcher Academy, to recognize and memorialize its historic and ongoing relationship with the AJ Fletcher Foundation.