Mission, Philosophy, and Goals


The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. The School's 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 School believes that the needs of the whole student – intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and ethical – are best addressed in an educational community where:
  • Students are enthusiastic about learning and enjoy school;
  • High expectations are held for students, faculty, and staff;
  • Innovative and dedicated teachers respond to differences in students’ learning styles and abilities;
  • Students’ natural curiosity is fostered through their active participation in the educational process;
  • Students are given many opportunities to succeed in a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment.


Consistent with its Mission Statement and Philosophy, the School pursues the following goals for its students:
  • Students commit to the pursuit of excellence in their academic and extracurricular endeavors;
  • Students behave respectfully, honestly, and with integrity;
  • Students develop self-discipline, positive self-esteem, and self-awareness;
  • Students commit to the habits of physical fitness and healthy lifestyles;
  • Students develop an appreciation of the need for and value of service to others.