The Cooper School

The Cooper School is a private, independent, non-sectarian school that values the participation of families from diverse backgrounds. The Cooper School offers an exceptional holistic education for children grades K-5.

Mission: The Cooper School supports the development of the whole child through an integrated curriculum that balances academic, physical, artistic, emotional, and spiritual endeavors. We provide an education that respects the unique qualities of each child and encourages a passion for learning throughout a lifetime. The Cooper School fosters the ability to think with clarity, to create with imagination, and to feel with compassion. Our learning community offers an opportunity for students to grow in their ability to know and nurture the self, understand and care for others and the environment, and to act with purpose, service, and social responsibility in the world.

Cooper Village was a Success !! Second Graders were excited to showed off all of their hard work !

Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms

From Head of School, Franci Bell:

There are many, many research-based reasons why we don't give traditional grades at TCS, but this book is one of them! If you are interested, I encourage you to read why traditional grading systems are rife with inconsistencies, implicit biases, and inequities.

Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms by Joe Feldman.

Joe shows us how we can use grading to help students become the leaders of their own learning and lift the veil on how to succeed and that authentic assessment and transparent grading are essential parts of a responsive classroom. "Joe Feldman shows us how we can use grading to help students become the leaders of their own learning and lift the veil on how to succeed. . . . This must-have book will help teachers learn to implement improved, equity-focused grading for impact." --Zaretta Hammond, Author of Culturally Respons...

First Graders got creative with watercolors during their time in Kindergarten!

TCS Parent Spotlight: Alice LoGuidice (Kindergarten & Grade 2 Parent)

1. What were you looking for in a school?

We primarily were searching for a school that felt like an extension of our family. We wanted a space where our children would feel comfortable, be challenged but also supported them through honest conversations and mutual respect. We wanted our busy boys to have a lot of outdoor time as well.

2. Why did you choose The Cooper School?

We chose The Cooper School for our children because it offered a unique experience in which our children would have the utmost support for their social-emotional learning. We believe strongly that children learn best when they are allowed to and encouraged to play, to explore their own interests and when they feel heard. The Cooper School follows all of these principles.

3. Now that you are here, what do you like most about it?

Now that we have been at The Cooper School for several years, it’s hard to state what I like the MOST, but if I try, what I like most is that my kids are supported in their social development in a way that other schools just do not do. When they have conflict, are afraid, nervous etc., their peers and teachers and staff help them through this. As a parent, I know I cannot always be there to wipe every tear, to push them when they need a nudge or help them when a friend hurts them or they hurt a friend, but The Cooper School helps me feel like I can be there. I also LOVE that The Cooper School teaches our children to be good stewards to our environment.

4. What do you wish you could tell prospective parents about TCS?

The Cooper School is just a very very special school. If you want an environment that will engage your child in a unique way, teach them about empathy, conflict resolution, help foster their interests, push them academically AND allows them to play outside and OFTEN, this is the school for you. Also if you want to be involved, to have great communication with the teachers and staff, it is a great choice.

TCS Alumni Interview

Kindergarteners were thrilled to put their abilities to compare weights and count to 100 to practice today! These brave mathematicians are getting ready to visit 1st Grade for Move Up Day tomorrow!

What TCS graduates are saying!

4th and 5th graders are enraptured during a Black History Month presentation from one of our own parents!

TCS Alumni Interview

Third Graders were speechless while watching the “Amazing Chinese Acrobats “ at the University School!!

Second Graders loves their board game social! So many games to choose from!

TCS Alumni Interview

Teacher Spotlight- Kara Aledort!

1. What do you do at The Cooper School and how long have you been here?
I am the 4th Grade Assistant Teacher and this is my second year at TCS.

2. What do you value about being at TCS?
I value the strong relationships between the faculty, staff, families, and students. We all come together as a team and support one another. The students at TCS hold a special place in my heart because I get to work with them every day and see them grow.

3. What’s something you’ve learned teaching here?
I've learned that I have the freedom to reach for my greatest potential within a structured teaching environment. I can incorporate my style of teaching with the support and insight from our fantastic teachers.

4. Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how?
I was most influenced by my history professor, Leonard Steinhorn, at American University. He instilled in me a sense of pride in my work. He encouraged me to have confidence in my writing and to embrace life’s challenges.

5. What do you look forward to in your role here (lesson, section, topic, etc.) each year?
I look forward to diving into poetry this year with students. I have written and recited poetry since I was a young girl. The poetry that our students create is remarkable and I can't wait to guide our 4th grade scholars in their poetic journey.

6. What is an example of your approach to dynamically balancing creative intelligence, self and social intelligence and academic mastery in your work at TCS?
The balancing act comes into play when I apply my skills in a creative way through my work with students. I try to bring real-world examples to life in the classroom that children can relate to on different levels. This sparks curiosity and thoughtful responses from students. There are unique and specific detailed methods to teaching a subject, such as science, and I particularly enjoy bringing my knowledge and research to the classroom. My hope is that our scholars will want to keep asking questions and grow into their potential.

7. If you could live in a book, what book would it be?
I would love to live in the book, Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. He takes the reader on a whimsical journey through life's unpredictable hurdles and sends a wonderful message of hope.

8. What’s something this community might not know about you?
The community might not know that I am a diehard Washington Capitals hockey fan. I grew up playing varsity soccer and was a natural athlete. Hockey is my passion and I played roller hockey in the past.

Getting some advice on Middle School Furniture!

[02/19/20]   From Head of School, Franci Bell:

Interesting news yesterday looking at child wellbeing. This is one of the reasons I believe so strongly in the way we educate children here at TCS!

The United States ranks 39th in the world when it comes to children 'flourishing', falling behind countries including Saudi Arabia and Belarus, a new United Nations backed report says.

The new global index showed children in Norway, South Korea and the Netherlands had the best chance at survival and well-being thanks to good healthcare, education and nutrition.

The index was based on an aggregation of country-by-country data on various factors to measure child flourishing, including child survival rates, years of school, teen birth rates, maternal mortality, the prevalence of violence, growth, and nutrition, among other factors.
"We looked at what extent children are able to fulfill their potential," Peterson said. "It's about knowledge, growth, going to school and learning and it's about being protected from violence. We tried to look holistically."
"This report shows that the world's decision-makers are, too often, failing today's children and youth: failing to protect their health, failing to protect their rights, and failing to protect their planet," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a written statement about the release of the report.
"This must be a wakeup call for countries to invest in child health and development, ensure their voices are heard, protect their rights, and build a future that is fit for children."

We recently had the chance to catch up with some of our remarkable alumni, here is what they had to say.

Second Graders having some Cooper Village Fun 😃

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Kindergarten is still feeling the love from our Valentine’s Day celebration Friday!

From building forts together to using them as pillows to “bask” in the sun, First Graders love playing with the blocks!

TCS Parent Forum- this Thursday, Feb 20th!

5th graders are embracing their imaginations in their beautiful "airplane," sparking an airplane building competition with fantastic creativity!

4th Graders have had a week filled with heartfelt activities! Students shared their Compliment Books with the class and put on a spectacular Valentine’s Day performance!

Third Grade Valentine Fun!

Third Grade getting ready for Valentine’s Day

Second Grade enjoying Movement ! 🏋🏼‍♂️ 🏃🏽‍♀️

We were so excited to invite rising Kindergarten siblings to The Cooper School today! Older siblings were thrilled to show their brothers and sisters around, join them for a special morning meeting and reading buddies, as well as some time on the playground. Sibling Day is one of our favorite days of the year!

First Grade Mathematicians are learning to collect and organize data! What fun!

Practicing what it means to have “enough”, Kindergarteners used Play-Doh to prepare pancakes for a party in math. Will there be enough for their guests?

TCS families enjoying a great basketball game at the College of Charleston! #goTCS#lowcountryliving

What a terrifying obstacle to exploration! 5th graders are getting creative in preparation for our presentation.

4th Graders enjoyed creating Starburst Hearts in art class and playing organized sports at the St. Andrew’s Gymnasium.

Second Grade fun in Music 😊

First Graders participated in some fun and engaging 100th day activities! Building a 100 cup structure and making a necklace out of 100 fruit loops were their favorites!

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Happy 100th Day of School from Kindergarten! We celebrated with a parade, and plenty of activities to practice counting to 100!

5th Graders celebrate National Puzzle Day with collaboration!

4th Graders have had an epic week! Scholars put on a wonderful American Revolution presentation for families and created amazing artwork for the Art Walk! Bravo

Third Grade visiting the “Chinese Lights” at Magnolia Gardens

Third Graders visiting the “Chinese Lights” at Magnolia Gardens

Second Graders worked together to plan their city section for Cooper Village! This took teamwork and lots of problem solving. Stay tuned for how it turns out!

Cooper School students were delighted to see pictures and learn about our upcoming Middle School from the architects themselves! Thanks to Eddie Bello and Ryan Luczkowiak for sharing , answering questions, and hearing ideas from our students!

First Graders participated in a beautiful music class today with Miss Hazel! Here students are modeling how to do a special dance. 💃🏻

Kindergarteners loved applying all that they learned in their Buildings unit to our trip to the American College of the Building Arts on Friday!

4th and 5th graders play Pac-Man Tag!

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