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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B

Applying

Application Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$125
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$27,960
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
11%
Average Financial Aid
$13,980
From The John Cooper School

The John Cooper School is a fully accredited, Prek through Grade 12, college preparatory school that is located on 43 acres that were set aside by George Mitchell, founder of The Woodlands, for an independent school.

Named after renowned independent school educator John Cooper, the school opened in 1988 and has grown in size and distinction to become one of the premier independent schools in the Houston area.

The vision set forth in the formative years remains the same today – to provide a challenging education in a caring environment. Traditional educational practices combined with innovative new methods teach students to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

With a current enrollment of 1,280 students, Cooper faculty embrace the opportunity to teach students to think, question, analyze, create, understand and take responsibility for their world, paving the way to go “from curiosity to wisdom.”

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The John Cooper School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1380
173 responses
Average ACT
31
76 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 49 responses
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  • Spirit Week!
    33%
  • Senior/Kindergartener adoption
    22%
  • Hamburgering
    16%
  • Starting new traditions as the school grows
    10%
  • Dig Pink
    6%
  • Homecoming
    4%
  • Upper School Musical
    4%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,284
    94%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
    72%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
    44%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    $22,620
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    4
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    11:1
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
    • Offers Part Week
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    79%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
    Poll
    79%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
    Poll
    84%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    High
    90%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
    90%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
    70%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
    Living in the Area
    A+
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      B-
    2. Good for Families
      A+
    3. Housing
      A-
    Median Household Income
    $115,083
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,509
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $351,000
    National
    $184,700

    The John Cooper School Reviews

    103 reviews
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    Cooper prepared me very well for college. What stood out to me the most about Cooper was its excellent college counseling department. Generally, 11th and 12th grade have reputations for being stressful years regardless of what high school you attend. While the workload was a lot, I still felt extremely supported by my teachers and by my college counselor: these people made me feel very safe and capable during my time at Cooper. Rescheduling tests due to sickness or feeling stressed out was never a problem. However, the lost star in this rating comes from the lack of diversity and sports programs. I, among others, felt very ostracized at Cooper; the students are very "cliquey" and somewhat exclusive when deciding who they'll associate with. With regards to the sports programs, there is not an equal amount of school spirit and emphasis among sports. For example, football & volleyball received lots of schoolwide attention whereas some events in track & field didn't even have coaches!
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    This school has a small student body for each grade, and thrives on exclusivity. It perpetuates the idea of exclusion down to its students, separating students into groups and cliques, which breed toxicity in such a small environment. The diversity is abysmal; there are at most 4 minorities/100 students in each grade level. The administrators do not take action against bullying because they fear lawsuits, the teachers are underqualified and do not teach for the benefit of the students, but for the gifts they receive each year. Every student I know that has graduated from this high school has either had a mental illness they have had to cope with, social anxiety, or a drug addiction.
    In the last four years I have been at The John Cooper School, I have not only witnessed but experienced the incredible opportunities every student is able to receive whether it is in the classroom, on the field, or on stage. I remember on the first day at Cooper, I was overwhelmed with all the options of classes and activities. I ended up joining a variety of clubs, the volleyball team, and participated in our school’s musical. While my academic classes are challenging, I work hard because it’s clear that my teachers want me to be successful. My friends push me to succeed and I feel support from all around. This is the kind of school where students feel a part of a community that is kind and caring so we are willing to take risks and be challenged with the knowledge that we will be better in the long run for it. Cooper has not only prepared me for university but to be a successful person in the future.