School Details

Cooper Middle School

1050 Plum Grove Circle, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(847) 520-2750
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 668 students 11 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

71%
61%
60%
65%
53%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wheeling Central Consolidated School District 21 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
68%
59%
68%
57%
59%
87%
81%
79%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wheeling Central Consolidated School District 21 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
70%
59%
78%
63%
60%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wheeling Central Consolidated School District 21 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cooper Middle School is a public middle school in Buffalo Grove. The principal of Cooper Middle School is Dr. Pamela Kibbons. 668 children attend Cooper Middle School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 21% of the Cooper Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 21% of the 668 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 32% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cooper Middle School is 11:1. St Mary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 8%
Asian 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 59% 36%
Hispanic 26% 52%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 51%
Limited English proficiency 21% 35%
Economically disadvantaged 21% 36%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school in a great district. Teachers are caring. I am pleased with the diversity of this school and feel it is another one of its strengths. Very welcoming neighborhood.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great extracurricular choices--something for everyone (garden club art club ski club and lots more). That's on the good side. On the bad side are the academics. Yes the teachers are nice but the curriculum is sorely deficient. Gotta feel bad knowing these kids are going to be thrown into high school totally unprepared.

  • (1 year ago)

    Just moved to the area the secretary is unpleasant/ uncooperative. I'm unable to get a tour of the school during the day only after hours. Very disappointed as I pay about $6K in taxes per yr for the schools alone.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a 6th grade student at Cooper. It is a great school - the best i have experienced yet. The teachers are very knowledgeable and i love the extra curricular programs the school offers in terms of Sports and music - for the childerns involvement. Great allaround!.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is a new sixth grader and is loving it so far. He is on a great team with very nice teachers. He is a bright student and comes home telling us he is having fun. He is doing great things and is challenged...can't wait for the opportunity to get his hands on the new Chromebook!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am student at the school and I think that all the teachers are great. The school has a great accelerated program and all students are in the classes that fit their needs. We do a lot of hard working but still have fun. That keeps students attached to the learning and ready to learn ALWAYS! -a current student-

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers don't care about the education of the students they're just here to collect their paychecks. Many of the teachers have actually admitted to not caring about students and have stressed the fact that it's just a job to them. Many of the teachers are clueless about the subjects they teach about. They google most of the questions that students ask them. Also teachers think that they let students have "fun" in the school. That's a joke. They yell at you for talking (even while they're not talking) they yell at you for being in the hall after the passing period even if you have a pass they don't allow you to use the bathroom no matter how much of an emergency it is but whenever they need to use it they just leave the class and use it and ask another teacher to watch over the students teachers also bully students and talk bad stuff about them to other students and teachers will openly tell other students your grades. The principle doesn't do anything. Read her reviews from students from Thompson Middle School and you'll see. This school is terrible. Avoid it at all costs. -- Current Student

  • (2 years ago)

    This school was great. Every teachers don't hesitate giving help to students. My son transfered as I moved but I thougth I can give 5 Star without question on this school. I would like to give many thanks to teachers and Priciple. Thnak you.

  • (5 years ago)

    There's little or no communication with parents. Most of the teachers shouldn't be teaching. The administration needs to be fired. They can't do their jobs!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is in special ed and Cooper is the only school (of 4 attended) that addresses her needs fully. The Principal addressed a bullying issue himself and it stopped immediately. My daughter loves Cooper and so do we.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a gifted student attending this school and I'm not gettng much out of it. I learn more doing programs and reading books outside of class. It's like the teachers don't care as much they need to. I can only name a few that truely go beyond and care about their students' success. It clearly doesn't meet my expectations and it won't help me much in life.

  • (6 years ago)

    There is a lack of communication with the parents. I know of two fights in the cafeteria that parents were not notified of. The Honor ceremony was blah and lacked any real sense of recognition for students who achieved academic success. Students who didn't miss any school days were not recognized. There was no recognition for other divisions such as science math etc. The drop off and pickup situatioin is atrocious.

  • (7 years ago)

    Amazing staff at the school. Academic programs and skills are amazing my clid grew and learned so much from this school. And so many activities for parents and students too!

  • (7 years ago)

    Copper's 'new age' approach neglects the basics essential to every child's educational experience. Classes are not all run with an equal emphasis on providing a robust challenging academic environment. Teachers and staff are condescending and unresponsive to parents. If you have any options do not send your child to this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Awesome school! so many things to do! lots of kids to make friends with. No bullying at all! the teachers make class fun!

  • (8 years ago)

    the accelerated programs are really good they let the gifted sdudent's go higher and meet other gifted friends. the teachers are really nice and there is close to no bullying. there is close to nobody who do drugs. over all it's a magnificent schhol

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