WE ARE

The Cooper School is a private, independent, non-sectarian school that values the participation of families from diverse backgrounds. Founded in 2007, The Cooper School is a 501(c) 3 non-profit institution. The Cooper School offers an exceptional holistic education for children grades K-5. Academic excellence, stewardship of the environment, activity, and creativity are hallmarks of the Cooper School Curriculum.

OUR MISSION

At The Cooper School, learning is driven by a deep respect for children as innovators and explorers, curious scientists and mathematicians, imaginative authors and artists, and engaged change makers who have important ideas and theories that they express with purpose, meaning and joy.

WELCOME From The Head of School

FranciBellHeadshotIt is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to The Cooper School; a school focused on academic excellence, stewardship of the environment, activity, and creativity as we prepare our students for lives of significance and service in the world of the 21st Century. Whether you are a current member of our school community, a prospective family, or a visitor seeking to learn more about our school, thank you for visiting our website and may this be just one of many visits yet to come. We hope our site conveys some of the essence of the wonderful learning environment fostered by our dedicated team of educators and talented students. Together they make The Cooper School the unique and special place we believe it to be.

OUR BELIEFS

ABOUT CHILDREN [+]

  • Children are vital, capable, contributing members of society.
  • Childhood should be a time of joy, discovery, and security.
  • Children flourish when they have the support and opportunity to grow and learn at a pace and in a way that respects individual development.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL [+]

  • Schools should foster the development of personal strength, social responsibility, service to the community, and stewardship of the environment.
  • Economic and cultural diversity enriches our school community.
  • It is important that schools have safe, nurturing, inclusive learning environments where the interests and qualities of all students and teachers are honored.

ABOUT LEARNING AND TEACHING [+]

  • Learning is best accomplished when it is meaningful, self-directed and actively constructed.
  • The individual learner can draw on the social energy and knowledge of the group to the greater good of the individual and the group.
  • Strong teaching is the result of actions informed by careful observation of the student, by research and experience with appropriate teaching practices, and by respect for the learner.
  • The education and care of young children is a sacred trust that contributes to our teachersโ€™ service to the world.

ABOUT COMMUNITY [+]

  • Cooperation and collaboration among families and teachers play an essential role in helping students reach their full potential.
  • Strong schools rely on the creativity and commitment of all members of the community.
  • We believe in the power of the human spirit to invoke positive change in the world.

OUR VISION

FOR THE SCHOOL [+]

  • Aesthetically pleasing indoor and outdoor learning spaces designed to enhance the mission of The Cooper School.
  • Buildings which are sensitive to the environment in their construction and daily management.
  • Classrooms that encourage self-directed learning in a flexible, social context.
  • Wooded grounds, organic gardens, and waterscapes that foster stewardship of the environment, contemplation, and community activities.
  • A kitchen and community table for the use of students and staff as a place to learn and enjoy.
  • A multi-use gymnasium to support a variety of athletics and movement practices.
  • Artistsโ€™ studios and a performance hall alive with music, drama, and visual arts for the enrichment and expression of the school community and the community at large.
  • A model that can educate other schools about environmentally conscious building.

FOR THE TEACHING & LEARNING COMMUNITY [+]

  • A dedicated, experienced, passionate faculty who recognizes and elicits the essential abilities of every child through the relationship of respectful teaching and learning.
  • A dynamic leadership model that allows teachers and directors to share in the growth and development of the school while remaining involved in the daily learning environment.
  • A fully staffed administrative team.
  • Long-term financial viability that allows The Cooper School to admit students regardless of financial need and to support existing school families in times of financial crisis.
  • A model that can inform other teachers and school administrators of best practices.

FOR THE PARENTS & STUDENTS [+]

  • Parents who are welcomed partners in the education of children and the creation of a strong, innovative learning community.
  • Students who are nurtured by the guidance and support received from families, the school community and the greater community.
  • Graduates who are confident, capable, compassionate, intellectually curious and socially responsible citizens of the world.

SCHOOL NEWS

Why I Teach… By: Kelly Porter

I grew up in a family of educators. Therefore even as a young child, I knew I would be an elementary school teacher. I dreamed of teaching in my own classroom one day. I wanted to foster a love of learning by creating a classroom where students would feel free to take risks and accept challenges. My dream became a reality and I began teaching in public schools. I taught with very talented and well-educated instructors….

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