Cooper Celebrating 30 Years of Nurturing a Love of Life, Learning and the World Around Us

The John Cooper School is proud to have grown with The Woodlands. Since the inaugural opening day in 1988, Cooper has nurtured a love of life, learning and the world around us.

Our history includes being part of George Mitchell’s vision for The Woodlands. In the early years of developing a new planned community, Mr. Mitchell set aside 43 acres for a private school and sought the guidance of renowned independent school educator Mr. John Cooper to counsel him about establishing a college preparatory school in his “new hometown.”

That vision became a reality when The John Cooper School opened on September 6, 1988 and the school has grown in both size and distinction to become one of the premier independent schools in the Houston area.

Cooper opened with an enrollment of 175 students in Pre-K through Grade 7 in 1988 and a grade level was added in each subsequent year until the first class graduated in 1994.

Now well-established, Cooper began its 30th anniversary year in August with 1,242 students, breaking a student enrollment record for the eighteenth consecutive year. An active Alumni Association now boasts 1,784 alumni.

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Facility growth on campus continues to enhance educational opportunities. Added to major facilities in 2016 was a 50,000-square foot, three-story Rock Center for Math and Science Center that houses classrooms and labs, a computer lab, robotics classroom, outdoor roof garden and a 135-seat lecture hall. The newest facility, a 4,250-square foot freestanding Lower School Library, complements comprehensive athletic fields and training facilities, the Mitchell Lower School, Middle/Upper School, Student Center, a freestanding 5th Grade Center and The Glenn Performing Arts Center.

Remaining true to Mr. Cooper’s whole child philosophy, learning is valued in and out of the classroom.

A Cooper education combines traditional educational practices with innovative new methods that teach students to think, question, analyze, create, communicate, lead and take responsibility for their world.

Cooper faculty are caring, committed and collaborative and believe that education is a lifelong experience. They embrace the opportunity to provide a learning environment that enables students to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

Members of Cooper’s diverse student body pursue a variety of interests. Students are recognized locally, regionally and nationally in a range of fields, including academics, visual and performing arts, and athletics. Upper School athletes compete in the highly regarded and competitive Southwest Preparatory Conference with five to 10 percent continuing athletic careers in college.

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Extensive visual and performing arts offerings prepare those interested in pursuing the fine arts and include such unique courses as 3-D visual arts and aerial arts dance.

Service to others also continues to be a cornerstone of a Cooper education. Students give back to the community through varied division-level outreach opportunities each year. Annual schoolwide efforts include the student-led Habitat Project, currently building the 20th home for a local family and the annual Empty Bowls Project that has raised over $90,000 over the past 14 years for local hunger relief efforts.

The John Cooper School continues to pave the way for students to go “from curiosity to wisdom.”

The annual PK-12 Admission Open House will be held on campus on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1 p.m. in the Glenn Performing Arts Center. Interested families will have the opportunity to hear from the administrative team, tour campus and learn more about applying for the 2019-20 academic year.

Admission tours will also be held at 10 a.m. on February 13 and April 3 beginning in the Ramirez Lecture Hall in The Rock Math and Science Center and can also be arranged by appointment through the Admission Office.

For more information go to or call 281-367-0900.