Kids are allowed to cuss, PDA, use phones instead of learning. The students are taught to look out for themselves only. Often parents would talk the principals out of punishment because the principals didn't want to deal with them. Very few students learned any values.
Cooper was an awful experience for me as a teacher. Teachers backstabbed, slacked, refused to bend for kids, and were generally unhappy. Most teachers stayed at Cooper because it was close to where they lived or the money. Most of the good teachers leave Cooper and go out of Putnam City district or to a high school. PTA was almost non-existent. Elective teachers were the only ones happy. The kids are great, but maybe a little rough. Fights are constant and result in suspension. Even big arguments where the fight is prevented still get the students suspended. Kids don't learn unless the parent cares. Principal is a cya kinda guy and is not strict enough. He lets the assistant principals try to handle everything and they are overwhelmed to the point where they are never available to teachers. No one is held accountable. Teachers are constantly late and never talked to. When a teacher does something wrong, a general email goes to everybody and nothing changes.
My son has attended this school since 6th grade. He has had the most amazing experience. The teachers, coaches and administration are absolutely amazing. He has played every sport, he has played in orchestra all 3 years and is in advanced classes. I am beyond pleased with this school and happy that he was student at KCMS!
My son went here for only 6 months of his 8th grade yr. Being that he was previously in a private school from pre-k to 8.. he was very shy. They were so helpful and really helped him. I didn't mind the no homework issue, he was spending 3-4 hours a night at his previous school doing homework so this was a nice break. I was mortified that i had to put him in this school at first, then I was so shocked with the happy outcome. the staff was amazing, from the front desk to the principle. I wish I would have pulled him out of private way before I did to attend cooper!
I totally agree with the homework situation. My daughter never studies at home because she never has homework therefore us parents will never know where they are knowledge wise. It frightens me because when our children are about to attend college will they be able to handle it? I don't think they have it hard enough....it's so easy.
I have been at other schools in the past and feel that the faculty and staff at Cooper do what they can do make the school atmosphere as positive as possible and to help students succeed. There are good kids and bad kids at Cooper. The only parents who complain are those who are not discipling their children at home or backing-up the teachers' decisions. So many times there are parents who work to get their children out of trouble rather than allowing them to learn their lessons and mature. When there is a child who constantly gets into trouble at school, you can bet the parent is as immature or volatile. But the parents who support the teachers and who work with their children at home are, for the most part, satisfied with the quality of Cooper.
Kenneht Cooper is the best middle school in Putnam City when it come to the learning environment and also they know who to make school fun and exciting for the kids to give them reason to find fun and enjoyment in going to school.
I regard the academic standards as insufficiently demanding. Teachers do not assign remotely enough homework. If we use the standard of one hour per grade level per week, then teachers are assigning about 10 percent of what they should. Students who do not turn work get extra chances to do so.