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PK-12
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The Woodlands, TX
Students enrolled: 993
 

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1 John Cooper Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381

(281) 367-0900
(281) 292-9201
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August 13, 2015
Cooper is a good school if your child is already very academically talented , wants to be able to play sports but isn't good enough for one of the public school teams. While there are some good opportunities and good teachers, it isn't worth the very high tuition. Our oldest attended from K to 6th, was an A student and then went to McCullough. The academics at Cooper were not materially better, certainly not enough to justify the tuition. If your child is a bit rambunctious (as our youngest was) and not the top of the class or you aren't a wealthy donor to the school, this is an awful school. The lower school administrators looked for every tiny opportunity to punish our child and ultimately made our youngest feel like a complete failure, even though our child was a solid B student. It is very hard to believe how poorly the administrators treated a young child who was never mean but a bit mischievous and rambunctious. We pulled our child out and put our youngest in public school, which has been so much better. It took a year or two to overcome some of the social issues which were exacerbated by the Cooper environment. The academics in The Woodlands public schools are almost the same as Cooper. Therefore I suggest you save your money and avoid the overprotective parents of Cooper and the administrators who just seek to weed out students who aren't top of the class or children of wealthy donors! One mother called the school and was absolutely outraged that our child had told their child Santa wasn't real when directly asked and they actually sent our child to the office for this. Cooper was good to get our kids off to a good start in K and 1st but we are so glad to have our 40k a year back and our youngest out of that unhealthy environment.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2015
Our son has attended since Pre-K (entering 5th grade this fall). Standards of education are first class, with well qualified, highly engaged teachers and a stimulating curriculum. There is excellent provision for sport, liberal arts, music as well as core curriculum. The atmosphere in the school is supportive and nurturing. We are so pleased we made this choice for our child.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2015
I interviewed for this school. Despite being told twice while I was at the school, "we'll definitely be in touch", I was never contacted. If you didn't want to hire me, fine. But at least have enough respect to follow through with communication. In the business world, not letting potential applicants hear back after an interview is just plain rude. #blessingindisguise

- submitted by a community member

June 22, 2014
The John Cooper School is EXCELLENT. Our daughter has been a student there since kindergarten and she absolutely loves the school and her teachers. The environment is warm and welcoming and the resources are second to none. If you live in The Woodlands metro, it is common knowledge that Cooper is the premier school in the area. My husband and I are both attended Ivy League colleges and feel confident that our daughter will be well prepared for to attend any top caliber college based upon her Cooper education.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2014
This school is the worst. I recommend you look somewhere else. JCS has been the worst years of my life. The kids are horrible. Many of the teachers don't do their jobs. The spanish teachers are terrible! The school teaches the same education but makes everyone believe they're being taught higher. This makes the students then think they're superior. The tuiton is not worth it. The small amount of kids in each grade is annoying. There's a reason why no one would go to JCS. They don't win anything either. This school is overpriced and HORRIBLE... If you are moving to The Woodlands do NOT even consider this school.

- submitted by a community member

May 17, 2014
They say admission is competitive on their website. During the admissions we were asked how much money we are willing to contribute to the school above and beyond already high tuition. No surprise the rich kids get accepted, if you are from average income family, the competition is in affluent folk's favor.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2014
Like most schools, this one has great features and some not so great. For the tuition level, there shouldn't be so many not so great features. One of the recent hire teachers in the high school does not even know some of the material being taught (tells the students to go ask the other teacher if they have a question she can't answer!) The administrative staff treat you like you are wasting their time if you have a question. Definitely not a warm/fuzzy place.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2012
Good basic education....but not as nurturing as need be....would think very carefully before sending my children again.....

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2012
FYI they will have this review removed, they removed my last review. Go anywhere else but here four terrible years.

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June 23, 2012
overpriced, staff are rude and didnt think that matched up to qualifications. I expected more. My child doesnt want to go to school everyday,I want a loving nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2012
I am ONLY rating the summer academic program at JC (but my child's summer program teachers were full-time teachers during the school year there as well). My child is in all pre-AP classes and mkaes straight A's in Klein ISD. She took grammar, intro-algebra, and a speed reading course just to get a jump start on her 8th grade year. She complained a little about going at the time, but 6 months later, just out of the blue at dinner she said, "JC had some great teachers. I learned more in summer than I learned all year in Klein. I want to go back next summer. I wish we could afford to go there full time"

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2011
I am surprised to hear that someone can hate this school. I am sorry to here you had a bad experience. My son has had an amazing first year. The teachers and administration have been so open and available to our family. The academics are dynamic and from speaking to other parents at other schools JCS challenges the children even at a young age. Anyone who is interested in this school should speak to parents and students. I had an intuitive feeling it was the best choice for my son and our family.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2011
I graduate from the John Cooper School and this has literally been the four most terrible years of my life. I would never wish this experience upon anyone. The children AND the parents are awful and extremely full of themselves. I've been a student since the lower school and even that is falling apart. You are now paying for a public school education if you attend this school. Teachers need to retire or get revamped in the near future because this school is going down the drain. Even when students/parents talk to the dean or principal about particular teachers, nothing is done to improve the situation. Overall, I have had a terrible four year experience. The only redeeming quality is the college counseling, but you can find a strong college counseling program at a better school. I count down the days that I will never have to walk through the doors of the John Cooper School again. I will definitely not remember my high school years fondly.

- submitted by a community member

October 14, 2010
also another thing when i transfered in to cooper in 4th grade, i have never been involved with such a mean group of kids. I was miserable for 2-3 years before I started to find a group of real friends.

- submitted by a community member

June 11, 2010
If you "hate JCS" then you likely have never stepped on campus or experienced quality education. JCS is an amazing school with fabulous resources for the kids. We are not a "privileged" family and work hard to pay full tuition. No money is wasted here and the teachers are fabulous! Children are extremely bright and are the most polite and well-mannered in the area. They have many more opportunities for self-expression than at public schools and are given endless support and encouragement by teachers and peers. JCS celebrates diversity in their students/families and encourages parent participation. WAY more activities and educational exposure than any public school in The Woodlands. Public schools are good here, but your child will be just a number in a sea of students. If you want your child to achieve academic success, strong leadership skills, and a hunger to achieve/reach goals, JCS is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2009
amazing school the athletic and acedemic programs are amazing jcs is the bomb.com

- submitted by a student

May 16, 2009
I went to Cooper for most of my life and can only remember one issue with bullying- bullying by one of the 'diverse' students in middle school. The school needs to continue to attract the most qualified students, regardless of skin color. Students have the opportunity to participate in any extracurricular they wish, regardless of talent or experience, with the understanding that academics are the most important part of the Cooper experience. Overall, students are generally involved, intelligent, and willing to help out- especially with new students.

- submitted by a student

December 11, 2007
Outstanding academics. Strong extracurricular activies. Being a private school that boasts diversity, our children found on several occasions a level of discomfort around religious conversations that stemmed from bullying at the school.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2007
JCS has been an EXECELLENT school this year! This is our 1st yr/Kindergarten. I would recommend ANYONE to enroll their child or children. there is A LOT of involvement by faculty,parent & students. I volunteer quite a bit & can tell you, the days I am not there,I wish I was. I feel like I am missing something fun! I can feel everyone wants to be there & knowing this & the diversity of the school makes me feel VERY confortable about the networking that starts at a very young age. I pray we are able to live in the woodlands for the remaining 12 years my son will have here! in my opinion, if you are not involved in your childs life,you will miss out on their growth & 1 day look back & wonder what happened. even if it an hr a week at school,it MEANS THE WORLD!

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2007
I went to Cooper between 5-12th grade. It was a wonderful learning environment and really prepared me for college. The work load is huge, and I would certainly say that my top-tier University was much easier to handle than High School at Cooper. The school has really expanded since I graduated, but I hear they've retained the small class sizes that made learning so individualized. The students were always very accepting of new people, and overall were very kind to one another. In response to an earlier review about increasing diversity, I think Cooper does the best they can with the pool of Woodlands residents. Overall it's a great school and a great investment in your child's future.

- submitted by a student

June 23, 2007
Teacher turn over and administrations' lackadaisical attitued towards bullies has already starting to hurt. This school may be going down if something not done soon to attract diversity.

- submitted by a teacher

May 21, 2006
There is a unique enviroment at John Cooper that seeks to find the best in each child and cultivates their skills and interests -- be they academic, arts, sports.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2005
The John Cooper School provides an outstanding atmosphere for learning. In addition to providing excellent academic preparation for success in college, The Cooper School also stresses the importance of 'community' within the student body. Teachers, students and parents work together to create a synergy that truly enhances each student's ability to discover and reach his/her potential. The John Cooper School is an exemplary educational institution.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2005
This is an excellent school. The only draw back is the very heavy work/homework load in the higher grades.

- submitted by a student

April 07, 2005
Familiar with upper school only - Excellent school with extremely high academic standards. Tough work loads; regular classes are AP elsewhere; AP classes are college level. Great boys sports teams - OK girls teams... getting better. Admin. staff will bend over backwards to help if student has documented needs - as long as the student is working hard and making progress. Excellent college counseling staff. Kids are accepting of newcomers - nice diversity in student population. Small classes and lots of opportunities to get involved for both students and parents. No place is perfect but this is about as good as it gets. Transferred here and glad we made the move. My child has never been happier.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2004
I am a former student of JCS. The School does an incredible job of preparing students for a college workload. I loved the size, I love my classmates, and I love the options this school gave. Had I gone to public school I would not be nearly as accomplished as I am today. My only issue with Cooper is that they often work their students too hard. I went to a Top 15 University to study engineerin.. My course load was easier at Cooper than in college. It takes a certain kind of student to be able to go to Cooper and not get burnt out. The school surrounds you with success. It is hard to not succeed coming from Cooper.

- submitted by a student

February 23, 2004
I would agree that the teachers are some of the best at John Cooper. From Kindergarten to High School, you will find kind, caring, knowledgeable faculty. The wonderful thing about extracurricular activities is that they are available to virtually every student--no one is left out. Cooper is a great place to shape your child.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
This school consistently graduates top students who go on to attend top colleges thoughout the US as well as other countries. There is no such thing as a perfect school, but John Cooper is as close as you can get. I have one child that just graduated in May 2003 and is now at his 1st choice college, University of Southern California, and I have an 8th grader who has been at Cooper since kindergarten. The curriculum is truly college prep and the teachers are some of the best you will find anywhere.

- submitted by a parent

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The John Cooper School
1 John Cooper Drive, The Woodlands, TX  77381
(281) 367-0900
Last modified The John Cooper School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The John Cooper School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top