The John Cooper School
The John Cooper School was founded through the generosity of corporate and private benefactors, dedicated parents, and other supporters in The Woodlands and the Houston metropolitan area. It was named in honor of Mr. John Cooper, the long-tenured Headmaster of Houston’s Kinkaid School, whose expertise and counsel guided the school through its original formation and early years of operation.
Cooper officially opened on September 6, 1988 on a 43-acre campus designated for this purpose by Mr. George Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell is the founder and original developer of The Woodlands, a planned community of approximately 85,000 residents located 40 miles north of Houston.
The school began operations with an enrollment of 175 students in pre-kindergarten through grade seven, and one additional grade level was added each successive year. The first senior class graduated in 1994. The opening enrollment of 965 students for 2009-10 represents the school’s largest ever student body.
A non-profit corporation governed by a board of trustees, Cooper earned its first accreditation by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) in 1998. That accreditation was renewed again in 2008. The school also holds memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB), and the Education Records Bureau (ERB).
The school campus has expanded in conjunction with the school’s steadily growing student body. A capital campain in 2001 supported the construction of a middle/upper school gymnasium and track, additional fine arts classrooms, and a third middle school science lab. Additional funding supported the expansion of the middle/upper school classroom building; five classrooms, two computer labs, and new guidance and college counseling offices were added. A new student center opened in October, 2005, featuring a dining hall, meeting rooms, and student lounge areas. A new 38,000 sf performing arts center was opened in 2008.
It is just as important for a prospective family to become familiar with The John Cooper School as it is for the admission committee to become familiar with the academic and personal qualities of each applicant. The admission process is designed to enable prospective families and the school to determine whether an appropriate match exists between the two. First priority in admission is given to the most capable students. Other factors that may be considered include special talents or being the sibling of a current or former Cooper student.
The admission process is conducted independently of the need-based financial process. Admission decisions are made in the best interest of the School by the admission committee, which consists of the director of admission, division heads and faculty representatives. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of test results, academic records or developmental readiness, teacher recommendation(s) and interviews/observations. The head of school reviews and approves the final recommendations of the admission committee.
The John Cooper School seeks to attract qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds to its faculty, staff, and student body. The School does not discriminate against any individual in admissions, educational programs, personnel policies, general practices or employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, national or ethnic origin, physical disability or age.
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