School Details

Cooper Middle School

977 Balls Hill Rd, Mclean, VA 22101
(703) 442-5800
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 832 students 18 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

92%
84%
75%
89%
77%
61%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
83%
71%
88%
81%
70%
94%
80%
62%
92%
83%
76%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
84%
76%
100%
84%
76%

Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cooper Middle School is a public middle school in Mc Lean. The principal of Cooper Middle School is Ms. Arlene Randall. 832 students attend Cooper Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 0.8% of the 832 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cooper Middle School is 18:1. The Langley 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
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% 46%
Hispanic 3% 18%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0.8% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    There are some good administrators and teachers at this school but overall the standards are very low. Subjects like Science History and Music are taught by caring and engaged teachers. The Art teacher is self absorbed petty and simply should not be a teacher. English grammar is not focused on in the English "Department" and that is very clear by the quality of the student presentations. Math like English is poorly taught and expectations are very low. Even the Librarian clearly does not want to be around children. My child transferred from a poorly performing school district and my expectations were very high we could have stayed where we were and received in many ways a better education. Academically the school is a great disappointment. On the plus side the kids are generally nice I feel that my child is safe and will not be bullied.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has had a great experience at Cooper. The students teachers and administrators create a supportive environment in which a child can thrive. The curriculum is challenging and engaging - and the teachers are highly motivated to teach and support the students. Thank you to the Cooper community - -keep up the great work!

  • (3 years ago)

    I found this review dated Feb 2005 and could not agree more with this parent. Our child just completed 8th grade and so glad to be out of this school. There are some excellent teachers at the school its just not the majority of the teachers. This school is filled with bureaucrats who dislike children they are rude immature and irresponsible administrators. This school should be audited and the staff relieved of further responsibility. They intimidate students and parents utilizing dictatorial beureaucratic policy and proceedural arguements. They are skilled at deflating the confidence of children and are intollerate of parental rights. They do not respond to emails or parental concerns except to dictate their own position. They are non-negotiable and non-cooperative and most unpleasant.

  • (3 years ago)

    Things I like about Cooper Middle School 1) if you reach out to the teachers with a concern they are very responsive. 2) The frequent emailed progress reports. It makes it much easier to keep track of how your daughter/son is doing at school. 3) The curriculum is challenging whether you are an advanced student or not. 4) The band program is comprehensive and successful. Things I don't like about Cooper Middle School 1) "My house is bigger than your house." I know it's endemic in schools with a lot of rich kids but since when have we quit teaching our kids that it is in poor taste to brag about how much money you have? 2) Like most bigger schools you must be ever-vigilant and an advocate for your child if they are struggling. 3) No school sports. 4) The crazy-long bus ride down Georgetown Pike if you don't live in McLean.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm currently a student at Cooper and it is a grat school with amazing after school activities.

  • (4 years ago)

    Teachers are great and the school provides lot of opportunities for both academic and extra-curricular activities. Their focus in theater PE is very good.

  • (4 years ago)

    I currently go to Cooper and I like it a lot ) I Just find that my math teacher is kind of crazy...

  • (4 years ago)

    Cooper School is not always the best choice for your kids - particularly if they are boys. I think every parent I have spoken to that has boys has a story to tell about a bad experience their son has had. Some of the administrators were good some not. Our experience is that girls are overwhelmingly favored. Not a good situation for your son. I did notice that they have new male VP's. Hopefully that's been a good move. Cliques start early in McLean -- many form by 4th grade. This is a very cliquish school. That can be hard for some kids.

  • (6 years ago)

    I currently go to Cooper Middle (8th grade) and while I think it's an excellent school I would like to make three points 1) in my grade we have had some outbreaks and issues 2) the grading scale is set to change in September of 2009 and 3) there is actually a new principal at our school Mr. Tyrell (I don't think I spelled that correctly) I have had a great time at Cooper the teachers are all very kind and like to offer extra credit (good for kids who fall off the blck a lot) !

  • (6 years ago)

    Cooper is an amazing and very friendly school. It has tons of kind and caring students and teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    Cooper is the best school experience I have had. I don't understand what people are talking about when they say that middle school is the worst years... The teachers are very motivating and always there to help. Being directly by the nation's capital brings in some money... and some very interesting and diverse crowd of polite smart hard working students. For example the other day 20 students where choosen to go to the capital with a senator whose son goes to the school. Probobly one half of the school's parents works high in the governmant. At this school is is expected to succeed and even with an off gradeing scale (of an A being 94%-100% 93%-84% being a B) the students definetly succeed. Mrs. Randall Mr. Franklin and Ms. Clena do not put up with nonsense and things that would happen at other schools do not happen at this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a student at cooper and so was my sister and we both think it is the best school because all of the teachers are so nice

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a current student at cooper...and i think its the most amazing school anyone can think of...teachers are all awsome! they know their subject really well... Every kid in the school is responsible and wants to be some one in the future. The school is super safe fights and any kind of mischive barely ever occurs. The school is clean and is very practicle. It has so many different activities to choose from you will definately enjoy this school.This school has been the best school i have ever been to. And trust me i have been to more 6 schools around the world! My time in cooper will be soooo memorable and im sure if ur kid goes here they will not ever want to leave.... i cant believe its my last year in middle school! woah!

  • (10 years ago)

    I have found the teachers and staff to be highly cooperative and supportive in an atmosphere of overwhelmingly high parental and social expectations. The lesson plans are creative the activites offered extensive. They are right on the mark as far as making the children responsible for their own actions which includes the academic as well the social. They negotiate the landmines of high expectation parental 'supervison' exceedingly well.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is filled with bureaucrats who dislike children they are rude immature and irresponsible administrators. This school should be audited and the staff relieved of further responsibility. They intimidate students and parents utilizing dictatorial beureaucratic policy and proceedural arguements. They are skilled at deflating the confidence of children and are intollerate of parental rights. They do not respond to emails or parental concerns except to dictate their own position. They are non-negotiable and non-cooperative and most unpleasant.

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm a student at Cooper and it is awesome! The teachers are all so nice and the principal Mrs. Randall is really cool. Also the director of student services Mrs. Boak takes the time to learn the names of 99% of the students. Cooper Rocks!

  • (11 years ago)

    This is a wonderful focused and safe school. The test results show the high academic achievement of the students due to a dedicated and highly trained staff.

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