Cooper Middle School
977 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101
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School Summary

James Fennimore Cooper Middle School, established in 1962, serves students in the communities of Great Falls, McLean, and small areas of Vienna, Reston, and Herndon.

The Cooper Middle School mission focuses on the nurturing and preparation of our students, helping them to function as informed, productive, and responsible citizens.

Cooper Middle School's vision speaks to the importance it places on students' participation in a quality education program with levels of challenges that are appropriate to each student's talents and current levels of understanding. In an environment where these unique talents and interests can be enhanced, each student will aspire to achieve high academic standards.

The Cooper staff believes that every student has a unique range of talents and interests which can and should be challenged and enriched in a stimulating learning environment. High expectations for excellence in character, academics, and leadership are vital in creating this environment. Our school embodies the middle school philosophy which affirms the emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of students.

We are committed to fostering an atmosphere conducive to learning where students and teachers enjoy coming to school. Our goal is to have a school climate that emulates caring, kindness, respect, and responsibility and provides a safe environment free from intimidation and bullying.

Woven throughout the daily education of our students is the strong support from parents and the community. By working collaboratively, we have a greater chance to liberate the talent, genius, and goodness of each child.

Last Updated: 2019-02-01

Enrollment Enrollment as of April 201819: 1025
Grades 7-8
FCPS Programs Last Updated: 2019-04-26
Special Features

Academic Competitions- American Math Competition 8 and 10, Math Counts, Model UN, Science Olympiad

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program - part of our learning environment where students are encouraged to use their personally owned devices to access course content online

Cooper Time - time built into the school day to provide executive functioning skills

Empathy/Kindness Initiative - school-wide focus on explicit teaching and modeling of these character traits

Green Initiative - school-wide recycling and up-cycling program

International Night - students and families share their cultural heritage and love for world language

Leadership Opportunities - Peer Helping Program, Student Government Association

Advanced Academics - emphasis on interdisciplinary learning

Literary Arts Program - Glimmerglass literary magazine, The Hawkeye newspaper, and Pathfinder yearbook

Mobile Team Challenge - an experiential, team-building approach designed to foster critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity to support the learning and emotional needs of students

Project Based Learning - an inquiry-based teaching method in which students work for a sustained period of time to investigate and respond to a real-world challenge, problem, or complex question while learning and applying success skills

Students develop critical and creative thinking skills through participation in a project that emphasizes process over product and is designed to foster students' growth as thinkers and learners

Student Recognition Programs - Student of the Month Program, Year End Awards Ceremonies

Summer Programs - Literacy and Numeracy boot camps

Theatre Program - productions in the fall and spring

Last Updated: 2019-02-01
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Last Updated: 2019-02-01
Attendance Area This school is part of Region 1 and the Langley High Pyramid. Enter your street address in the boundary locator to determine which schools your student should attend.