Campus Life

Wellness & Growth

Addressing the emotional, social, physical, and ethical needs of our students through a whole-child approach in a caring and supportive environment
Cooper’s whole-child approach is central to our school’s mission and philosophies. The caring environment in which we provide a challenging education is key to overall student success, and endeavoring to address the emotional, social, physical, and ethical needs of our students, in addition to the intellectual needs, is what the whole-child approach is all about. Students are nurtured and supported in a school environment that is not only conducive to learning but also helps foster intellectual and artistic passions while equipping students with social-emotional skills that will serve them throughout their lives. ​
Cooper students have access to support and programs to help them thrive:

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  • Advisory Groups

    Advisory groups, which remain constant from year to year, are strategically formed to bring diverse perspectives and compatible student-advisor pairs together.​ In addition to serving as an advocate for students in the group, advisors lead the groups through discussions and exercises that support intellectual, social, and emotional development.
  • Counselors

    Each division has dedicated, trained professionals to meet the needs of students in both emergency and on-going nature, as well as to provide well-being, learning, and growth resources to parents and families.
  • Wholesome Meals

    Our Sims Student Center and Multipurpose Rooms are open, welcoming places for students to share nourishing meals, healthy conversation, and a great laugh. Two full-time, dedicated chefs prepare healthy meals and snacks from the start of school each day, and all students are provided with free milk and fresh fruit every day.
  • Outdoor Space

    Students can take their homework, studies, and reading materials outside to benches in the shade, tables for group studying, or rooftop gardens to enjoy the fresh air and take time to connect with nature. Students can also decompress during class breaks in the campus quad with outdoor games such as ping pong, four square, spikeball, and crossnet.
  • Wellness Seminars

    Throughout the school year, our students and faculty host several events to help promote awareness and drive understanding of current trends and ways to keep health and well-being front of mind. Division and class assemblies are leveraged for addressing wellness and emotional intelligence topics, and parent events are offered in order to expand the discussion to the entire school community.
  • Clubs & Organizations

    Several available student clubs and organizations are aimed at promoting inclusion, developing student leadership skills, and de-stigmatizing mental illness.
  • Consistent Wellness Messaging

    On Wellness Wednesday you can find Lower School students delivering a wellness message via our JCLS News student broadcast, or you will see our counselors in the upper grades delivering messages and coaching around dealing with emotions. These messages are shared with families and parents to help continue the conversations beyond the classroom.
  • Key Partnerships

    Cooper has developed key partnerships with several leading individuals or organizations in the areas of wellness and growth that provide regular training and interaction with students during assemblies, activities, and special events:

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.