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.