Lower School

The Lower School utilizes a balanced literacy approach to reading and writing, as it develops a strong foundation in our young learners. The mathematics approach in Lower School emphasizes conceptual understanding, problem-solving, and the ability to verbalize mathematical thinking. A hands-on science program takes place in dedicated labs, sparking students' natural curiosity for the natural world. The study of social studies, fine arts, Spanish, physical education, and integrated technology round out the Lower School curriculum.

While helping students develop strong academic skills, the Lower School recognizes that social-emotional development is equally important. The Responsive Classroom approach is implemented to create optimal learning conditions for our students and to cultivate positive community for the school and each classroom.

Every Lower School student is known and valued as an individual. Small classes allow teachers to know the learning profile of each student and provide differentiation based on that understanding. With an enrollment of approximately 500 students, the Lower School is a community. Parents, teachers, support faculty, and administrators form relationships and work closely in the best interest of each student.

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 lifelong 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.