The Cooper School is seeking an apt match of a child’s educational and developmental needs to our programs. Our goal is that each group be as varied and yet as balanced as possible. We aim for classes with an even number of boys and girls, an appropriate age spread, a range and balance of academic needs, and a variety of skills and interests. Consideration is also given to a family’s commitment to the school’s philosophy, expanding ethnic and cultural diversity, a family’s current or historical connection with the school, and the needs of the particular group to which the child is applying.

Children applying for Kindergarten should be age 5 by September 1. Children applying for Grade 1 should be age 6 by September 1. Students are admitted to grade levels appropriate for their development. Decisions are based on data from student records and from the interview process.

The Cooper School maintains the confidentiality of all requests for financial aid. Financial aid decisions are made independently of admissions decisions.



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.

  • I want my child to be in a rigorous, research based and engaging academic program.
  • I value critical thinking and 21st century skills, not just rote learning.
  • I believe learning by doing is best practice.
  • I believe a diverse community results in a stimulating educational environment.
  • I want my child’s learning to be individualized and differentiated based on his skills and talents.
  • I want my child to be in deep relationships with his teachers and peers.
  • I value social emotional learning as much as academic.
  • I want my child to love learning and become a life long learner.
  • I want my child to be reflective of his or her own learning.
  • I want my child to be in a social environment that is welcoming and friendly.
  • I want to be an active part of my school community.


Is there a birthday cut off for applicants? [+]

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.


Do you make an effort to balance your classes by gender? [+]

Yes, we make every effort to balance our classes with an equal number of boys and girls.


Do I wait until all parts of the application, including a financial aid form, are completed before I send it in? [+]

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.


What is the average class size? [+]

The average class size is 15-20 students.


Do you require admissions testing? [+]

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.


What makes for a good fit for The Cooper School? [+]

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.


Does The Cooper School use standardized testing? [+]

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.




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Annual Fund Update

Thank you so much to all of you who have so generously donated to the Annual Fund. This year, to my delight, the Silent Auction raised more money than ever before. I wanted to take a moment to let you know exactly where your Silent Auction donation dollars are going…

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