Cooper’s college counseling program focuses on guiding students and parents through the college process. We seek to help all students find colleges where they will be challenged to reach their full potential.
The centerpiece of Cooper's College Counseling program is individualized counseling. Our three full-time college counselors work closely with students and parents to provide customized guidance throughout the college process. Students consult with their counselor during each step of the process, including developing a college list, creating a resume, writing essays, preparing for interviews, and completing applications. Through frequent and personal interactions with students, our teachers and counselors are able to write individualized letters of recommendation that prove to be an invaluable component of student application packets.
The counseling process begins in a student’s sophomore year and includes intensive work in the junior and senior years:
Parents and students learn about the college process through group sessions led by the college counselors.
Admission deans and representatives come to campus each year to share their insights into the college admission process. In recent years, guest speakers for Cooper’s junior student/parent meetings have included the deans of admission from Davidson College, Case Western Reserve University, Dickinson College, Emory University, and Rice University.
A Case Studies Program is held each spring, during which juniors and their parents participate on mock admission committees that are chaired by college admissions officers brought to the campus for this program.
Naviance, a web-based college counseling software program, provides students and parents with additional information about the college process.
Counselors regularly attend professional conferences to exchange information with college counselors at peer schools and to interact with representatives from colleges who also attend the conferences.
Counselors frequently visit college campuses during school breaks and in the summer, making strong professional connections with admission representatives and seeing numerous colleges first-hand.
Cooper welcomes college representatives to visit with our students and college counseling staff during the fall semester. We appreciate the strong relationships we build with college representatives, and we enjoy the opportunity to share Cooper and our students with you.
To schedule a visit, please contact our administrative assistant, Jennifer Jacobs - 281-367-0900 ext. 2454. Our office is located in the Upper School. There is visitor parking outside the entrance to the Upper School; please check in at the Upper School office, and they will direct you to the College Counseling office.
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.