We know how difficult choosing the right school for your child can be. Here is a checklist to help you determine if The Cooper School is the right school for your child. If you answer “yes” to most of the items below, we recommend seriously considering The Cooper School as an academic option.
Typically we adhere to the September 1 cut off date. For example, a child applying to the Kindergarten program would need to be 5 years old by September 1 of the entry year. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis, and after the interview process has been completed.
Yes, we make every effort to balance our classes with an equal number of boys and girls.
No. In fact, the financial application is separate from the admissions process. You will need to complete this application after your child has been accepted.
The average class size is 12-14 students.
All prospective students are required to complete an admissions interview as part of the admissions process. This interview is an assessment of developmental readiness and achievement. Prospective students in grades K and 1 will complete this interview one on one with a primary staff member. These interviews take place after school and are scheduled on an individual basis. Prospective students in grades 2-5 will complete a visiting day at The Cooper School. The admissions interview will take place during this day. This will allow older students an opportunity to experience the work and social environment, and to interact with the teachers and administrators.
Students with a genuine curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and who have joy in discovery and exploring the natural world are a good fit for The Cooper School. Students who display a preference to be actively engaged in learning by doing and through collaboration and a desire to contribute to their communities. Parents who relish the opportunity to partner and be involved with the school in myriad ways, who appreciate The Cooper School’s emphasis on inquiry-based learning, learning by doing, and environmental education, who are open to a developmental approach to education that preserves children’s innate interest in and love of learning, and who value diversity will be a good fit as The Cooper School parents.
The CTP4, published by the Educational Records Bureau, was designed specifically for independent schools. The independent school norms present an opportunity to compare a student’s reasoning and skill development with students in comparable schools nationwide. It is administered annually in grades 3,4,and 5.
1. Review the school website to consider the match between your child and the school
2. Call (843) 573-1033 to schedule a time to tour the school
3. Return the Application for Admissions (available online)
4. Submit Student Records and Teacher Recommendation
5. Schedule an Interview
6. All applications are considered on a rolling basis
7. Once accepted, applicants need to accept the offer by the date stated in the acceptance letter. An acceptance should include an enrollment deposit of $1,000.00. This deposit will be deducted from tuition.
If families wish to be considered for financial aid, this consideration will begin after they have responded to their letter of acceptance. Families accepting a place, but seeking financial aid may defer the enrollment fee.