Starpoint School is a laboratory school on the TCU campus for students with learning disabilities in the elementary grades. The goal of the school is to provide each student with the opportunity to learn to compensate for their learning difficulties, build on their own strengths, develop a positive attitude about schools and learning, and to prepare the students to be successful in their future academic endeavors. Each spring TCU undergraduate EC-6/special education majors and the students at the Starpoint Laboratory School have the opportunity to teach and learn together. The TCU students spend one morning a week at Starpoint for 10 to 12 consecutive weeks. Starpoint students are partnered with a TCU student and for three hours each Thursday morning, the students work together in a one-on-one setting. The TCU student plans lessons targeted to meet the individual needs of their Starpoint student, and the Starpoint students teach the TCU students what it takes to be an effective teacher. The student pairs are scattered around the school working and learning together. This partnership helps fulfill the mission of the lab school, which is to serve as an on-campus training site for TCU students, as well as the mission of the special education program in the College of Education, which is to create effective future special education teachers. It is an excellent experience for everyone involved.
In addition to the work that undergraduate students are able to engage in at Starpoint, many of the students in the TCU College of Education graduate programs conduct research projects there as well. Additionally, the school offers financial aid to students who would like the opportunity to be the Starpoint Associate. This opportunity allows graduate students to gain classroom experience by teaching in a Starpoint classroom while attending graduate classes.
The KinderFrogs School is a lab school on TCU’s campus that was designed to provide an excellent, developmentally appropriate education to preschool children with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. The program predominantly serves young children with disabilities, but also includes children who do not have disabilities. This school serves as an on-campus training site for students in the College of Education. Graduate students in the TCU College of Education conduct research projects at KinderFrogs as part of their degree programs. Additionally, full-time and part-time graduate students may apply for several types of financial aid, which includes the opportunity to be a KinderFrogs Associate. This provides students with the opportunity for a hands-on experience in teaching a diverse group of young learners.