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At the Center for Teaching & Learning (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. 



Small School and Class Size

Multi-Age Classrooms

Positive, Caring Learning Environment

Highly-Qualified, Dedicated Teachers

Differentiated, Individualized Instruction

Inquiry-Based/Project-Based Teaching and Learning

Performance-Based Assessments

Character Education and Leadership Development

Fine Arts Enrichment Program

Parent and Community Involvement

University Partnerships

  • What grade levels does CTL offer?
    We currently offer PreK through Grade 12.
  • What are the class sizes?
    PreK & K: 10 students each Grade 1-2 Multiage: 20 students Grade 3-4 Multiage: 20 students Grade 5-6 Multiage: 20 students Grade 7-8 Multiage: 20 students Grade 9: 20 students Grade 10: 20 students
  • What are the school hours?
    7:55 am to 3:15 pm Monday through Thursday 7:55 am to 1:05 pm Friday On Friday afternoons CTL teachers engage in professional development from 1:30 to 3:30.
  • Do you offer before and after school care?
    At this time, we do not offer before- or after-school care. ​
  • Is the school’s physical location changing?
    At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, we moved to our permanent home at 10431 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball, TX.
  • When can I visit the school?
    Parents are welcomed to attend an open house for a visit or email Dr. Linda Ellis at to schedule a private tour.
  • When is the deadline to apply for the 2023-24 school year?
    We have open enrollment throughout the year until a grade reaches its cap. After the cap is reached, students can still register and be put on a waitlist for the next available spot.
  • Is there a dress code?
    CTL students do not wear uniforms. Students' dress and grooming should be neat and appropriate for their age group and school activities. Clothing should be modest in appearance at all times. Hair should be clean and neatly groomed and should not cover the eyes or be colored or styled in any way that is distracting to the learning environment. Students receive a CTL t-shirt to wear on Fridays, on field trips and for other special events. Students bring indoor footwear to change into prior to entering their classrooms and must wear athletic shoes during all physical education activities.
  • Do you provide meals?
    Meals are not provided at this time. Students bring their own packed lunch and snacks Monday through Thursday. On Fridays CTL provides students with the option to purchase a lunch from a local restaurant.
  • Is there school bus service?
    There is no school bus service provided at this time.
  • Do you accept students with special needs?
    CTL is a small, non-profit school without the financial resources to provide a special education teacher and separate program for children who may require such services.
  • What standardized tests will my child take?
    We currently administer the Stanford 10 once a year in the spring to grades 3-10.
  • Can a student who isn’t proficient in English still attend CTL?
    Yes, they can! Non-English speaking students will receive support to fully participate in class and engage with the content of their courses. We do not offer separate English as a Second Language classes but every effort will be made to help the student gain grade level English proficiency.
  • What languages can my child learn?
    We currently offer Spanish instruction during the school day, Monday through Thursday, for Grades PreK, K, 1-2 and Grade 9 with plans to expand to other grades in the future.
  • What extra curricular activities are offered?
    CTL offers a variety of after-school activities that vary by age and student interest including American Robotics, Soccer, Yoga, Tennis, Golf, Martial Arts, Drama Kids, Nutty Scientist, Play It Right Music School, and Young Rembrandts. On Fridays K-8 students participate in a club of their choice during the school day including drama, paper airplanes, construction (legos, etc.), art, nature, cooking, coding, and yearbook.
  • When are the school holidays?
    Please see the school calendar for details on school holiday schedule.
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“At CTL, students are not only taught how to learn through their innovative teaching practices, but they have also managed to ignite a sense of community, respect and responsibility as a world citizen. Individual student attention is key in their plan to foster an environment where students thrive in a way that is rarely seen in today's assembly line education mentality. To see our son so eager to go to school or to tell us about his day is a testament to this superb group of educators' authentic passion for what they do. CTL is truly an oasis.”  


-The Bozeman Family 

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