• The Center for Public Education recruits, prepares, and supports educators to work
    in urban schools and to conduct and disseminate research regarding best practices in urban education.
  • ANSERS Institute seeks to improve the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities
    and their families through research and evidence- based practice.
  • one of four Texas partnership institutions in the Advise Texas program, which aims to increase the number of low-income, first generation and underrepresented students entering and completing college.
  • Since joining the European Teacher Education Network, more than 350 College of Education students
    have participated in the International Student teaching Program.
  • One of only three Educational Leadership programs in the nation to provide the option
    to integrate the MBA and the Doctor of Education degree.
  • In fall 2012, TCU began offering new doctoral degree options: the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies: Counseling and Counselor Education and the Doctor of Educational Leadership in Higher Education.
  • The TRiO Program provides outreach opportunities designed to motivate and support eligible students from first generation and less advantaged backgrounds.
  • TCU Education students have a consistent 99 percent pass rate on state certification exams and graduates are in demand as teachers, counselors, and principals.
  • TCU is one of eight universities to receive the Certificate of Distinction, the highest award for teacher preparation in reading by the International Reading Association.
  • The Texas Education Agency reaccredited the College of Education with 12 commendations for excellent teacher preparation programs.
  • The Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education provides workshops and programming for hundreds of K-12 teachers and students in the area and around the state.
  • The college’s Center for Public Education received an award for Exemplary Culturally Responsive Teacher Preparation from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Only university in the nation with two special education laboratory schools.
    the kinderfrogs school & the starpoint school

Starpoint School - Program & History

Starpoint School is a laboratory school where the staff is committed to the ideal that all children can learn.  The goal is to provide an individualized academic program which helps children learn to compensate for their learning difficulties, build on their own strengths, develop a positive attitude about schools and learning, and perform to the best of their capabilities in their next educational setting.
The College of Education at TCU is the only teacher preparation program in the United States that operates two laboratory schools in special education:  Starpoint School and KinderFrogs School.
Starpoint School is the tangible result of a dream of M.J. and Alice S. Neeley – a dream to have a school where children with learning differences can learn and university students could learn to teach them.
Their dream was formulated as they watched their grandson struggle academically in school. The Neeleys were determined that teachers should be trained to help children with special needs and, in 1966, Mr. and Mrs. Neeley initiated a laboratory school on the TCU Campus, Starpoint School, for that purpose.  At Starpoint, the Neeleys wished to provide training for teachers so as to prevent the unfortunate academic experience of their grandson.
In keeping with the original intent of the Neeleys, the Starpoint School is an active educational laboratory where TCU faculty, staff and students are afforded the opportunity to observe, study, research and participate in a quality educational program for young children with academic difficulties.
To memorialize and celebrate Mrs. Neeley’s efforts, as well as the TCU College of Education’s dedication to children with disabilities, the Alice S. Neeley Special Education Institute was established in the spring 2005.


The mission of the Starpoint School is to serve as an on-campus training site for TCU students in the College of Education and other university programs.  TCU students are an active and vital part of Starpoint as observers, practice teachers, classroom aides and beginning educational researchers.  TCU professors are also available to offer their expertise and knowledge to Starpoint staff and students.
Starpoint School is accredited by the Commission on Elementary Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children, the Texas Association of Nonpublic Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, the Texas Independent School Consortium and the National Association of Laboratory Schools.