The John Cooper School

1 John Cooper Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381

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The John Cooper School The John Cooper School

The John Cooper School is an independent college preparatory school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The 43-acre campus is located in a beautifully forested area of The Woodlands, Texas, a planned community of 100,000 residents located approximately 30 miles northwest of Houston. Founded in 1988, Cooper currently enrolls 964 students, with 325 in the Upper School, 241 in the Middle School and 398 in the Lower School.

Small classes, personal attention, and excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and community service form the cornerstones of a Cooper education. Cooper combines traditional educational practices with innovative programs to teach students to think, question, analyze, create, understand, and take responsibility for their world. Cooper is a diverse community. Students of color comprise 27 percent of the student body and 12 percent of Cooper students hold citizenship from one or more of 29 foreign countries.

Academics include English, mathematics, science, social sciences, foreign languages, computer science, physical education and extensive offerings in the visual and performing arts. Spanish is offered PK through Grade 12 and French is offered beginning in seventh grade. Eighteen advanced placement courses are offered to Upper School students and for the fourth consecutive year The John Cooper School has been nominated for the prestigious Siemens Advanced Placement High School Award for having one of the strongest AP math and science programs in the state.

Seventy percent of Cooper’s Middle and Upper School students participate in at least one sport. Students select from girls’ volleyball and softball, boys’ baseball and boys’ and girls’ cross country, soccer, basketball, track, tennis, swimming and golf. Varsity teams compete in the highly regarded Southwest Preparatory Conference that is comprised of 18 independent schools in Texas and Oklahoma. Cooper athletes have won conference championships each year and have been named individual champions in their respective sports.

Club, service and leadership opportunities are offered at all grade levels. The school community contributes to the greater community through club and service projects–including school-wide efforts such as the Habitat Project that has partially funded and constructed Habitat homes for the past 12 years, and the Empty Bowls Project, held each February, to support and fund local hunger relief efforts. Cooper enables students to become creative thinkers, responsible citizens, and lifetime learners.

Cooper graduates have 100 percent college matriculation and are accepted to top colleges and universities, nationally and internationally. Each year students are named National Merit Semifinalists, Commended Scholars and Hispanic Scholars. In recent years, Cooper students have been awarded and accepted prestigious merit scholarships as well as local scholarships. The Class of 2009 was offered over $1.6 million in merit scholarships and accepted over $339,000 from organizations and academic institutions.

The John Cooper School is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of Southwest. The school holds memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Education Records Bureau and the Cum Laude Society of America.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 4)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1 John Cooper Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Toll-Free Telephone800-295-1162
Year Established1988
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$17,260-21,325; estimated extras $1000-1400
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded78
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$647,965

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarQuarter
Supplemental InstructionReview
Advanced Placement CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, European History, French, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics C, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, US History
Summer SessionAcademic Enrichment Remedial Recreational. Robotics. Sports. Tuition Day $295-600/weeks. 5 weeks
Accredited ByCLS
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball, Football
Interscholastic Girls' SportsCheerleading, Softball, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School78
Most Common Graduate DestinationsTX A&M 9, U of TX-Austin 7, USC 4, U of PA 3, Vanderbilt 3, U of Richmond 3
Average Math SAT680
Average Critical Reading SAT672
Average Writing SAT668
Mid-50 Percentile Math SAT650-720
Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT620-740
Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT620-720
Average ACT29
ACT Mid-50 Percentile26-31


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$125
New Students175
Percentage of Applicants Accepted52
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)89
Tests Used for AdmissionIQ, ISEE


AdministratorMichael F. Maher
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2000
Administrator's CredentialsBS, MA, Catholic Univ of America
Director(s) of AdmissionsCraig Meredith, Director of Admissions

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment1,036
Day Students1,036
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)667
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)369
Student Body EthnicityWhite 67%, Latino 9%, African-American 3%, Asian 14%, Other 7%
Percentage of International Students13
Average Class Size18
Student-Faculty Ratio11:1
Dress CodeUniform
Teaching Faculty88
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)51
Male Teaching Faculty22
Female Teaching Faculty66
Faculty EthnicityWhite 91%, Latino 5%, African-American 2%, Asian 1%, Other 1%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage43
Buildings on Campus9
Facilities Value$46,050,000
Endowment Value$2,739,000
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