Center for Teaching & Learning

  • The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) is an innovative PK-8 private school with plans to expand to high school.
  • We are located at 26131 Kuykendahl Road in the Village of Creekside Park, The Woodlands, Texas. CTL is a school of inquiry that encourages and nurtures children`s innate curiosities.
  • The instructional approaches attend to the varied learning styles of our students and 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 learn to read and think critically, communicate effectively, seek to understand, share and care, solve problems, take responsibility and persevere. They become passionate learners who are truly prepared for success in learning and life.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Texas Association of Accredited Private Schools (TAAPS)
Educational Records Bureau
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded2010

Student Body

Total Students100 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 35%
Students by GradeCenter for Teaching & Learning Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,800
Tuition NotesSibling discount Referral discount
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDr. Linda Ellis


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
art, group piano, Nutty Scientist yoga, Robotics Rule, We offer optional after-school activities including Rush Soccer

Arts and Music Programs:
Clubs are generated and selected by students and change each trimester. Clubs meet on Fridays.

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  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 our students' innate curiosities. The instructional approaches attend to the varied learning styles of modern children. We 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.

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The average private school tuition in Harris County, TX is $8,676 for elementary schools and $12,784 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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