The Fletcher Academy was originally founded as The Achievement School of Raleigh 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 an 8 acre campus in North Raleigh, now the site of TFA's Upper School. 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. In the Fall of 2021 the Academy opened its second campus, the TFA Lower School, in service to young unique learners across the Triangle.