School Details

Cooper Elementary

Test Scores by grade

49%
42%
47%
54%
44%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Johnston County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
46%
48%
35%
45%
44%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Johnston County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

30%
42%
48%
26%
38%
40%
20%
37%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Johnston County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cooper Elementary is a public elementary school in Clayton. The principal of Cooper Elementary is Ms Janet Lebo and can be contacted at janetlebo@johnston.k12.nc.us. 584 children attend Cooper Elementary and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 56% of the 584 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Cooper Elementary is 14:1. West Clayton Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 41% 60%
Black, non-Hispanic 28% 16%
Hispanic 24% 20%
Asian 2% 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56% 45%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Both my kids have been at Cooper since Kindergarten. The teachers are involved and informed. They strongly encourage parent participation and foster a parent-teacher partnership.

  • (2 years ago)

    To the parent who just bought a home in Cobblestone.... Why would you give a 1 star rating to a school that your child has never even attended..... because your unfounded perception that the school is in a "low income" area and it must be bad? And why would you buy a home in the Cooper school district if you didn't want your child to go there. I have some advice for you..... move back to Wake!

  • (3 years ago)

    To the parent who just bought a home in Cobblestone... We were in the same boat. We too just moved into Cobblestone and I was disappointed when I found out that my kids were going to have to go to Cooper. But I'll tell you what... you might be pleasantly surprised. We were really worried just like you but now that they have been going there for 2 months we are actually very comfortable with our kids going there. Their teachers are great....Hope this helps.

  • (3 years ago)

    We just bought a home in Cobblestone Place. When I found out my daughter would have to attend Copper I was so disappointed. Compared to the other schools Copper Elementary looks like a low income school. For the money we paid for our home I wanted better for my child. That was why we moved from Wake to Johnston County. Im afraid to put my child in Copper Elemenary I feel she wont get a good education there. Please give me some advice.

  • (4 years ago)

    My children attend Cooper Elementary and I dont know why other parents would speak so NEGATIVE about the school. Blessed those teachers and principal also the assistant principal because they DO CARE. They are not "pay check" teachers or staff. All of my family including myself have attended COOPER. Ms. Auton Dr. Jailall and Ms. Lebo have been there for many many years. They have showed so much love and attention towards not just myself but to other family members and also friends of families who children attend Cooper. Please don't talk bad about the school. Even if their test score may be low. THE PARENT'S also have to play a part at home too !!! In making sure their child is doing their homework correctly. Also spending time to study for quizzes or test and NOT on facebook or texting all day as some parents allow.

  • (4 years ago)

    Horrible place! Was told my child would probably get held back last year. That didn't make sense so I contacted the school board & Chief Academic Officer for our district & after a week of trying to get my son's records from them he finally drove to Cooper & demanded them in person (this is what he told me). He called me back & said that any parent whose child was getting the grades mine was should be EXTREMELY proud as my son is performing at a grade above his. I didn't find out till the end of the year that several other parents were having similar issues. BE WARNED! This school is on probation for a reason. Until the "leadership" is changed they will continue to fail.

  • (4 years ago)

    I live in the Riverwood district but keep my kids in Cooper because of the fabulous caring teachers and administrative staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very happy that my child comes to this school. I am so pleased with his growth. The staff is very caring. The program here is strong and it helped my child to excel. Thanks to his teacher and the staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school!! I think the principal Dr. Jailall is doing a super job and all the staff is exceptionally caring and kind.

  • (6 years ago)

    I dreaded sending my child due to poor reviews but now I am SOOOOOOO GLAD he's in Cooper! His teacher is amazing and the teacher's aide is more than wonderful. Can not say enough good things about this school. I know that they haven't been making the grade but I know that academically my child is much more advanced than I was @ his age.

  • (6 years ago)

    Turn and Run!!! There are so many better elementary schools to choose from in Clayton. Their is no 'secret'... its a small school because nobody wants to send their kids there. The are some good teachers and they are trying but are frustrated because their hands are tied by the administration. Dr. Jailall needs to get in touch with reality. Her school is going downhill and FAST! Its rockbottom. It is a militaristic 'sit down and shut up' atmosphere. The discipline problems at Cooper are overwhelming! I know so many parents like myself who couldn't wait to get their kid out of there.

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved here from Wake County (Raleigh) about two years ago. My daughter attended two elementary schools the recent one being Cooper Elementary. While she struggled with everyday skills in Wake County she went from being barely able to read a Dr Seuss book to now being in the gifted program (AIG) at Cooper. This school EXCEEDED our expectations. The leadership in this school is simply outstanding. The teachers are outstanding and the school support staff is amazing. We can tell a big difference in our daughter since attending Cooper. She has done nothing but excel with her schoolwork. Instead of tears during homework she happily sits down and understands what it is she needs to do. Students get the individual attention they deserved at Cooper. We appreciate the smaller class room sizes and the hard work from the teachers! Cooper is highly recommended! ) -4th grade parent

  • (8 years ago)

    Cooper Elementary is known as Clayton's 'best-kept secrets.' It's an excellent school with small class sizes caring teachers and staff and parents who are committed to helping the school. Parents are encouraged to visit the campus and help in classrooms and the PTA welcomes everyone who wants to help. The school holds many community events throughout the year from the orientation at the beginning of the year to the Snowball dance -- held each January -- to the Parent volunteer reception held to thank the many parents who volunteer throughout the year. The academics are wonderful and Cooper is the only Clayton school that has met the Federal No Child Left Behind scores every year since the tracking began.

  • (9 years ago)

    Awsome School I can not say more my daughter came here from out of state last year and they made her feel so welcome like she had always been there The teachers really care and are always there to help your child and assist you in helping your child grow educationally as well as individually. If you are considering this school send your child here you will be happy you did!

  • (9 years ago)

    Cooper is one of the smallest schools in the county thus we are elated to have small class sizes. Kindergarten & 1st grade have less than 20 students in the class with a certified caring teacher and a full time teacher's assistant. The older grades share teacher's assistants but still have small classes. Teachers know the children by name even if they are not in their class. Students feel safe cared for and are gently encouraged to do their best. Our students look forward to coming to school. We are a School of Distinction. Our principal is very involved in the daily goings on. She actually greets car pooled kids by name in the morning and helps get them to cars after school. Parent involvement is prolific. Our PTA is one of the best. We love and care about the well being of ALL our students at Cooper Elementary!

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