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One John Cooper Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381

The John Cooper School is celebrating 30 years

The John Cooper School, a Pre-K through Grade 12 college preparatory independent school located in The Woodlands, is celebrating its 30th year. Cooper opened on September 6, 1988 with 175 students on 43 wooded acres that were designated for an independent school by George Mitchell, founder of The Woodlands.

Named after renowned independent school educator Mr. John Cooper, Cooper has grown in both size and distinction to become one of the premier independent schools in the Houston area.

Enrollment for the 2018-19 academic year was 1,242 students and campus facilities have steadily expanded, but the vision set forth in the formative years remains the same today – to provide a challenging education in a caring environment for students to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

Cooper faculty embrace the opportunity to teach students to think, question, analyze, create, understand and take responsibility for their world, paving the way for them to go “from curiosity to wisdom.”

As set forth by Mr. John Cooper’s vision in 1988, academics, athletics, fine arts and community service form the cornerstones of a Cooper education. Middle and Upper School students benefit from the experience of competitive athletics. The school fields ten interscholastic varsity teams that compete in the prestigious Southwest Preparatory Conference.

Extensive visual and performing arts programs provide classroom instruction as well as performance and exhibition opportunities. Cooper students enrich their own lives and the lives of others through a deep voluntary commitment to outreach projects. two entirely student-led projects – Habitat Project and Empty Bowls – involve the participation of students from every grade level.