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W. J. Cooper Elementary School

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Posted February 25, 2012

Cooper is a great school. We have really felt that our children have had an outstanding school experience at Cooper. The teachers, staff and PTA are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2010

This is my only daughter second year at Cooper and we have been very satisfied. Both her first and now second grade teachers have been awesome and been able when Ive had concerns regarding my daughter's progress. The school personnel and administration are top rate and open. I am glad we relocated to have our daughter in a more diverse and highly rated school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

I've got 2 kids at this school and my oldest has attended 2 other schools in gwinnett. Cooper is great, the teachers are wonderful, staff is great and the pta rocks!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

We have one child and she has only gone to Cooper, so I have no basis for comparison, but I think Cooper is as good as any public school, and better than many. I was disappointed to learn that my child in third grade has seen her specials dwindle down to only P.E. and Music. P.E. is 4 times per week, Music is once. It seems to me that there are lots of specials that she could benefit from; but as a parent, I know very, very little about what goes on in the classroom from curriculum to discipline. I think my daughter's teacher is very good, but I still feel very much in the dark about my daughter's life at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

This is my child's first year at Cooper and we could not be happier. The administration and staff really seem invested in the quality of education that the children receive. I feel that my child's teacher has done a wonderful job keeping him engaged and motivated. The communication between the school and parents seem to be very effective and My child appears to be thriving! Thank YOU!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

New year... New administration....It will never be a world class school until the administration starts to think like the private sector. My daughter's 1st grade teacher was the best ever! Just Average this year. And for those of us who do have 'time to volunteer', we enjoy volunteering!! Sorry that all parents cannot, but that's not our problem. We don't interrupt classes, I often assist w/ learning. They need more volunteers, not less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2008

My child will be going into 1st grae this Fall and I am hoping that this year will be a rewarding as her Kindegarten year. I thoroughly enjoyed her teachers and felt they genuinely wanted every child in the classroom to succeed. I honestly hope the new Principal, Dr. Bishop, can keep Cooper on track and exceed the expectations that have been set.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2008

My child is soon to be a third grader at Cooper. Her Kindergarden teacher was awful but her first and second grade teachers were the best! Dr. Eperson was everything that I wanted in a Principal! He was not going to put up with any childs disrespect and he didn't want the lonely moms just walking in and disrupting the classrooms just because it was a slow day at home. If you had a reason for wanting to volunteer at your childs class, you were more than welcomed by the administration but if you were just there to check in there is a time and a place for that and it is not during school hours. Many of the children in my daughters classes had both parents that worked and they always felt sad that there parent was unable to come. He was only trying to be fair to all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

I disagree with the last parent on many things they mentioned. I have a third grade child at Cooper and we are enjoying the school tremendously. There are some teachers below average, but we have been very pleased with all of the teachers our son had and our friends have many compliments about other great teachers as well. Administration needs work, but show me a school that doesn't. I think the county is asking the kids to behave more like adults than children, and the administration and teachers are feeling the pressure. We love Cooper!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

Most of the other reviews have mentioned the principal being cold. This is a vast understatement. Parents are treated as intruders and are absolutely not allowed into any classroom without announcing their presence. Although I agree that the school must control the handful of parents that may abuse this privilege and upset classrooms, there is no excuse for making all parents feel unwelcome; and allowing all teachers feel that secure from the parents. I have two children at Cooper, my oldest is in 5th grade and we have been there since the charter year of this school. Most teachers are average, a couple rate above, and many more rate below. If I could just have one year where the teacher wasn't on maternity leave and/or working on their Master's Degree, I would count it as a better year! The most promising event is Principal Epperson is retiring this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2007

We have been at Cooper since it opened and for the most part it is a good school. However, the principal is very unfriendly to parents and even somewhat cold to students. I was at one school function and he walked in and sat down to eat and never spoke to any children or parents then got up and left. He creates a very unfriendly environment. As far as teachers go, in 3 years we have had one long term sub who became a teacher the next year and almost all of the parents requested that there children not be placed in her class the following year. We also had another teacher who is not good at all with handling children and it has made for a very difficult year! I am very glad my child will move to Lovin next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2007

The academic programs seem to be great and very challenging for my 1st grader. I am still quite unsettled about the way an incident was handled with the Asst.Principal. I think that the administration needs to hold seminars for the staff to learn how to deal with parents from a parent prospective. I hope that things will get better over the next few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

Principal treats parents and teachers with no respect. Most teachers are great, but we have had a few problems with a couple of them. PTA is really involved and tries to get parents involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2007

My child will be a 5th grader next year. So far we've had excellent teachers. She loves the school and I couldn't be happier. We had one incident this year that could have been handled better. The principal seems cold. Doesn't listen to parents very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2006

I am a parent and an educator (at a different level) and I feel that Cooper is a very good school. We had an incident when the school first opened that we don't feel was appropriately handled, but since then, we have been very pleased. I don't care much for the principal's style of handling the parents either. His, 'this is my school,' attitude tends to put parents on the defensive. I think that if he listened and validated what parents said/felt, he might have happier, more cooperative, involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2006

Our daughter is approaching her third year at Cooper Elementary and thus far, Cooper has exceeded our expectations of the public education system. Though we had considered private education, we have been so impressed with the administration that we have reconsidered. The entire staff does a great job. The opening of the new building and the removal of the trailers is a great way to start out the 06-07 school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

I have two children at Cooper and we have been there since the school opened. We have had nothing but fantastic teachers! Dr. Epperson(the principal)is a bit cold to parents, but he seems to be good with the children. When the new section of the school opens next year and we can get rid of all the trailors, Cooper will be the perfect school. The adminitration has done an excellent job of dealing with the overcrowding issue. You'd never realize that so many students attend this school by looking at the classrooms or the kids' specials rotation. They get plenty of time in the various specials classes and class sizes are small. The teachers are friendly and and are good at what they do. They also welcome parent involvement. We are thrilled to be at Cooper!!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

158 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

158 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

158 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

199 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

198 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

199 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
97%

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99%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

219 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 44%
Black 28% 37%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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