Cooper at a Glance

School Type: Independent, college preparatory, non-sectarian, non-profit, co-educational day school for grades prekindergarten through 12

1988; first graduating class: 1994

The Woodlands, TX, a planned community 40 miles north of Houston

Accredited by The Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS); member of The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

  • 1,316 Students
  • Student-Teacher Ratio: 11:1
  • Lower School (PK-5): 492 students
  • Middle School (6-8): 314 students
  • Upper School (9-12): 510 students
Faculty: 166 full-time; 1 part-time; 71% hold advanced degrees

Tuition (2023-24):

Prekindergarten: $25,460
Kindergarten: $25,460
Grades 1-5: $28,030
Grades 6-8: $30,190
Grades 9-12: $31,460

Re-enrollment Rate: 93%

Financial Aid:
12% of the student body receives need-based financial aid totaling approximately $2.1 million

Mean SAT and ACT Scores:

Classes of 2022 and 2023: 1341/30

College Counseling Services:
4 full-time counselors support 127 seniors

College Matriculation:
100% of graduates attend college
Advanced Placement: 21 AP courses are offered in Upper School with 93% of students earning a score of 3 or higher
Diversity: The student body includes 47% who are students of color
Religious Affiliation: Non-Sectarian


The John Cooper School is accredited by The Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and is a member of The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

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Campus & Facilities

43-acre wooded campus includes:
  • Mitchell Lower School and Fifth Grade Center with classrooms, science labs, two music rooms, new library, art room, multi-purpose room, and computer lab;
  • Middle/Upper School with classrooms, two libraries, and two computer labs;
  • The Rock Math+Science Center with classrooms, science labs, 125-seat lecture hall, rooftop garden, and computer and robotics labs;
  • Glenn Performing Arts Center with a 500-seat main stage, 125-seat black box, and instructional space for band, choir, dance, and drama;
  • Dunlap and Austin Gymnasiums, Pate Track and Pugh Field, The Field Family Diamond at Finnie Park, Pisula Softball Field, and Chenault Tennis Courts;
  • Two visual arts studios;
  • Student Center/Dining Hall
From Curiosity to Wisdom
The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. Our mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

The John Cooper School seeks to attract qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds to its faculty, staff, and student body. The School does not discriminate against any individual in admissions, educational programs, personnel policies, general practices, or employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, physical disability, or age.