I have mixed feelings about my experience at Cooper Middle School. I was a student there for all three years of middle school, which, for me, was from 2012 until 2015. Some aspects of the school are excellent. Others are quite deficient.
By far the best part of my experience at Cooper was the accelerated classes. I was in the accelerated (advanced) math and English classes. The school does not offer advanced science or social studies classes, which is fine, I suppose, because I think I would have been too stressed out if all of my classes were advanced. Mrs. Wong teaches advanced math for all three grade levels, and Mrs. Bagby teaches advanced English for all three grade levels. I feel very fortunate to have had these two wonderful teachers for three years. The classes were challenging, obviously, but they prepared me well for high school. I'm now earning excellent grades as a high school sophomore, and I am two years ahead of what would be a standard math level for someone my age.
The unfortunate part is that the regular-level classes did not meet this same standard of excellence. The classes were too easy and did not demand any semblance of proper work ethic. In seventh grade in particular, we were completely coddled. Any test score below a certain grade could be improved significantly just by correcting the answers, and one was permitted to use any resource they wished, including the Internet, in order to make these corrections. I can only imagine how ill-prepared for high school many of my classmates were because of this.
Many of the teachers were wonderful. Others absolutely were not. One teacher in particular frequently shared with us his own political beliefs during social studies lessons, which bothered me because I believe school should be taught without a political bias.
Cooper Middle School offers some awesome elective classes ("exploratories," as they're called there). They still offer Home Ec, while some schools in the area no longer do. This is a fun, yet practical class. They also offer Spanish starting in 7th grade. I personally had an awful experience with Spanish class, but the teacher I had has since retired. Cooper has stellar orchestra and band programs as well. There are also a variety of sports in which one can participate.
Cooper is a great school. My two older kids went there and now my youngest is Cooper student. The school principal and the teachers played essential role in my children development and their placement into advanced programs. That definitely helped them in being admitted to the best colleges in the country. In addition to gifted math, reading, communications, Spanish classes, Cooper has phenomenal band program led by one of the most talented educators I ever met. The band constantly wins all contests in the region.
Amazing School! I'm a current student in 8th grade, and all my 2 yeas at cooper have been nothing but fun. However, there were some cases where the teachers would be ignorant to the students, and some have openly discussed that they don't care about the students, just there for the pay checks. Mostly women teachers that have retired, so nothing to worry about :) overall, the new principal is amazing, shows that he cares about us, and I hope he does later on. Great school!
Great extracurricular choices--something for everyone (garden club, art club, ski club, and lots more). That's on the good side. On the bad side are the academics. Yes, the teachers are nice, but the curriculum is sorely deficient. Gotta feel bad knowing these kids are going to be thrown into high school totally unprepared.
Just moved to the area, the secretary is unpleasant/ uncooperative. I'm unable to get a tour of the school during the day, only after hours. Very disappointed as I pay about $6K in taxes per yr for the schools alone.
I have a 6th grade student at Cooper. It is a great school - the best i have experienced yet. The teachers are very knowledgeable and i love the extra curricular programs the school offers, in terms of Sports and music - for the childerns involvement. Great allaround!.
My child is a new sixth grader and is loving it so far. He is on a great team with very nice teachers. He is a bright student and comes home telling us he is having fun. He is doing great things and is challenged...can't wait for the opportunity to get his hands on the new Chromebook!
I am student at the school, and I think that all the teachers are great. The school has a great accelerated program, and all students are in the classes that fit their needs. We do a lot of hard working, but still have fun. That keeps students attached to the learning and ready to learn, ALWAYS! -a current student-
The teachers don't care about the education of the students, they're just here to collect their paychecks. Many of the teachers have actually admitted to not caring about students and have stressed the fact that it's just a job to them. Many of the teachers are clueless about the subjects they teach about. They google most of the questions that students ask them. Also, teachers think that they let students have "fun" in the school. That's a joke. They yell at you for talking (even while they're not talking), they yell at you for being in the hall after the passing period even if you have a pass, they don't allow you to use the bathroom no matter how much of an emergency it is but whenever they need to use it they just leave the class and use it and ask another teacher to watch over the students, teachers also bully students and talk bad stuff about them to other students, and teachers will openly tell other students your grades. The principle doesn't do anything. Read her reviews from students from Thompson Middle School and you'll see. This school is terrible. Avoid it at all costs. -- Current Student