Center for Teaching & Learning

5125 Shadowbend Place,
Spring, TX, 77381
Tel: (832)474-8214
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is a K-8 private school that will open in The Woodlands, Texas in the fall of 2014. 

CTL is a school of inquiry that encourages and nurtures children’s innate curiosities.
The instructional approaches will attend to the varied learning styles of our students and will provide opportunities necessary for learners to be challenged in meaningful ways, to be truly engaged in critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity through project-based learning. 

At CTL we focus on educating the whole child with attention to all of the developmental domains: cognitive, social, emotional, and physical.
CTL is a place where all students can reach their full potential — a vision that may be clouded in a more crowded, tradition-bound, and conventional setting.
We work with students where they are, differentiating instruction so they won’t just succeed but will advance to new heights of achievement.
CTL students discover their giftedness and develop habits of mind necessary for a productive, meaningful, and successful life. 

Students benefit from the CTL's private school model in the following unique ways:
  • Small School and Class Size
  • Multi-age Classrooms
  • Positive, Caring Environment Conducive to Learning
  • Highly-Qualified, Dedicated Teachers and Leaders
  • Inquiry/Project-Based Teaching and Learning
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Performance Assessments
  • Character Education and Leadership Development
  • Parental and Community Involvement 
  • Professional Development School Model 
CTL's innovative model is designed to serve the whole child.
Our students will learn to read and think critically, communicate effectively, seek to understand, share and care, solve problems, take responsibility and persevere.
They will become passionate learners who are truly prepared for success in learning and life.

School Overview

Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 2013

Student Body

Total Students 90 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Center for Teaching & Learning Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 5 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 18:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 99%
Average Class Size 20 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $9,600
Tuition Notes Sibling discount Scholarships Available
Admissions Director Dr. Linda Ellis
Admissions Associate Jennifer Chamberlain

School Notes:

    The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides an intimate, personalized environment tailored to each student’s needs. We group students in multi-age classrooms  (1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8) and limit class sizes to twenty, allowing teachers to build stronger relationships with individual students and differentiate instruction accordingly. We use paper-and-pencil tests less frequently than traditional schools, instead relying on alternative forms of assessment such as projects and portfolios that paint a more complete picture of each student’s abilities and needs. We encourage community and parent involvement to develop children’s understandings of the connections between classroom and real-world experiences and invite parents to be partners in the education of their children.  We establish an environment that encourages independent thought, expression, and creativity. Students are given ample time to grapple, conjecture, follow their passions, ask questions, and find answers with the guidance of dedicated, highly-qualified teachers. We believe that all children thrive in an environment that acts as a catalyst for their natural curiosity and encourages them to develop, share, and feel proud of their individual abilities. CTL is a school of inquiry that encourages and nurtures children’s innate curiosities. The instructional approaches will attend to the varied learning styles of modern children. We will provide opportunities necessary for learners to be challenged in meaningful ways, to be truly engaged in critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity through project-based learning. Children who attend CTL are guided by expert teachers. The definition of an “expert” teacher can be complex and multilayered (Berliner, 2001). We believe that expert teachers are also committed learners. Our expert teachers will:
    • hold college degrees and certifications specific to their teaching assignments;
    • engage in ongoing professional development to hone their craft;
    • read professional journal articles and books; and 
    • share their teaching experiences through publishing journal articles and books, presenting at conferences, and mentoring teacher candidates and teachers who intern at CTL.
    • Our dedicated faculty builds a relevant curriculum based on the diverse needs and interests of each student rather than deliver a pre-packaged program. Because of our small-school atmosphere, CTL faculty is better able to align the curriculum on a continuum through the grades. Furthermore, because of our small-class size, teachers are better able to differentiate for each student.

    Profile last updated: 06/16/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Esprit International School (0.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Light Way Schools (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Esprit International School (0.7 miles away)
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  • Recommended March 14, 2014 - I have registered my sixth-grade son for this brand new school in The Woodlands. I can''t wait to see him thrive in this wonderful, rich, student-centered environment! - Posted by Parent

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