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Cooper Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 832 students

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Posted June 19, 2014

There are some good administrators and teachers at this school but overall the standards are very low. Subjects like Science, History and Music are taught by caring and engaged teachers. The Art teacher is self absorbed, petty, and simply should not be a teacher. English grammar is not focused on in the English "Department", and that is very clear by the quality of the student presentations. Math, like English, is poorly taught and expectations are very low. Even the Librarian clearly does not want to be around children. My child transferred from a poorly performing school district and my expectations were very high, we could have stayed where we were and received, in many ways, a better education. Academically the school is a great disappointment. On the plus side the kids are generally nice, I feel that my child is safe and will not be bullied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

My daughter has had a great experience at Cooper. The students, teachers and administrators create a supportive environment in which a child can thrive. The curriculum is challenging and engaging - and the teachers are highly motivated to teach and support the students. Thank you to the Cooper community - -keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

I found this review dated Feb 2005 and could not agree more with this parent. Our child just completed 8th grade and so glad to be out of this school. There are some excellent teachers at the school, its just not the majority of the teachers. This school is filled with bureaucrats who dislike children, they are rude, immature, and irresponsible administrators. This school should be audited and the staff relieved of further responsibility. They intimidate students and parents utilizing dictatorial beureaucratic policy and proceedural arguements. They are skilled at deflating the confidence of children and are intollerate of parental rights. They do not respond to emails or parental concerns except to dictate their own position. They are non-negotiable and non-cooperative and most unpleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

Things I like about Cooper Middle School: 1) if you reach out to the teachers with a concern, they are very responsive. 2) The frequent emailed progress reports. It makes it much easier to keep track of how your daughter/son is doing at school. 3) The curriculum is challenging, whether you are an advanced student or not. 4) The band program is comprehensive and successful. Things I don't like about Cooper Middle School: 1) "My house is bigger than your house." I know it's endemic in schools with a lot of rich kids, but since when have we quit teaching our kids that it is in poor taste to brag about how much money you have? 2) Like most bigger schools, you must be ever-vigilant and an advocate for your child if they are struggling. 3) No school sports. 4) The crazy-long bus ride down Georgetown Pike if you don't live in McLean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2011

I'm currently a student at Cooper and it is a grat school with amazing after school activities.


Posted December 29, 2010

Teachers are great and the school provides lot of opportunities for both academic and extra-curricular activities. Their focus in theater, PE is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2010

I currently go to Cooper and I like it a lot :) I Just find that my math teacher is kind of crazy...


Posted May 24, 2010

Cooper School is not always the best choice for your kids - particularly if they are boys. I think every parent I have spoken to that has boys has a story to tell about a bad experience their son has had. Some of the administrators were good, some not. Our experience is that girls are overwhelmingly favored. Not a good situation for your son. I did notice that they have new male VP's. Hopefully that's been a good move. Cliques start early in McLean -- many form by 4th grade. This is a very cliquish school. That can be hard for some kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

I currently go to Cooper Middle (8th grade) and while I think it's an excellent school I would like to make three points 1) in my grade we have had some outbreaks and issues 2) the grading scale is set to change in September of 2009 and 3) there is actually a new principal at our school, Mr. Tyrell (I don't think I spelled that correctly) I have had a great time at Cooper the teachers are all very kind and like to offer extra credit (good for kids who fall off the blck a lot) !
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 12, 2008

Cooper is an amazing and very friendly school. It has tons of kind and caring students and teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2008

Cooper is the best school experience I have had. I don't understand what people are talking about when they say that middle school is the worst years... The teachers are very motivating, and always there to help. Being directly by the nation's capital brings in some money... and some very interesting and diverse crowd of polite, smart, hard working students. For example, the other day 20 students where choosen to go to the capital with a senator whose son goes to the school. Probobly one half of the school's parents works high in the governmant. At this school is is expected to succeed, and even with an off gradeing scale (of an A being 94%-100%, 93%-84% being a B) the students definetly succeed. Mrs. Randall, Mr. Franklin, and Ms. Clena do not put up with nonsense, and things that would happen at other schools do not happen at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

I am a student at cooper and so was my sister and we both think it is the best school because all of the teachers are so nice
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2006

I am a current student at cooper...and i think its the most amazing school anyone can think of...teachers are all awsome! they know their subject really well... Every kid in the school is responsible and wants to be some one in the future. The school is super safe, fights and any kind of mischive barely ever occurs. The school is clean and is very practicle. It has so many different activities to choose from, you will definately enjoy this school.This school has been the best school i have ever been to. And trust me i have been to more 6 schools around the world! My time in cooper will be soooo memorable and im sure if ur kid goes here, they will not ever want to leave.... i cant believe its my last year in middle school! woah!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2005

I have found the teachers and staff to be highly cooperative and supportive in an atmosphere of overwhelmingly high parental and social expectations. The lesson plans are creative, the activites offered extensive. They are right on the mark as far as making the children responsible for their own actions, which includes the academic as well the social. They negotiate the landmines of high expectation parental 'supervison' exceedingly well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2005

This school is filled with bureaucrats who dislike children, they are rude, immature, and irresponsible administrators. This school should be audited and the staff relieved of further responsibility. They intimidate students and parents utilizing dictatorial beureaucratic policy and proceedural arguements. They are skilled at deflating the confidence of children and are intollerate of parental rights. They do not respond to emails or parental concerns except to dictate their own position. They are non-negotiable and non-cooperative and most unpleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2004

I'm a student at Cooper and it is awesome! The teachers are all so nice and the principal, Mrs. Randall, is really cool. Also the director of student services, Mrs. Boak, takes the time to learn the names of 99% of the students. Cooper Rocks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2003

This is a wonderful, focused, and safe school. The test results show the high academic achievement of the students due to a dedicated and highly trained staff.
—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.

About these ratings

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: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 75% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 71% in 2013.

422 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 70% in 2013.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

422 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students96%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial60%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students89%
Female students86%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students92%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial88%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students93%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial85%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students94%
Female students97%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities86%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Science

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial92%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students99%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English100%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

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Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

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  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Arlene Randall

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Special education coordinator
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977 Balls Hill Rd
Mclean, VA 22101
Phone: (703) 442-5800

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