Cooper Middle School
977 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101
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Grades 7-8
Principal Arlene Randall
FCPS Programs
Special Features
  • Academic Competitions- Math Counts, Model UN, Science Olympiad
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program - part of our 21st century learning environment where students are encouraged to use their personally owned devices to access course content online
  • Cooper Empowered for Life and Learning (CELL) -  time built into the school day to provide explicit instruction of executive functioning skills
  • CREATE - student-led, cross-curricular project that fosters critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration
  • Green Initiative -school-wide recycling and upcycling program
  • International Night  - students and families share their cultural heritage and love for world language
  • Leadership Opportunities - Student Government Association, Peer Helping Program
  • Literary Arts Program - Glimmerglass literary magazine, The Hawkeye newspaper, and Pathfinder yearbook
  • Mobile Team Challenge - an experiential, team-building approach designed to foster critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity to support the learning and emotional needs of students
  • Student Recognition Programs - National Junior Honor Society, Student of the Month Program, Year End Awards Ceremonies
Attendance Area This school is part of Region 1 and the Langley HS pyramid. Enter your street address in the boundary locator to determine which schools your student should attend.

School Summary

James Fenimore Cooper Middle School, established in 1962, serves students in the communities of Great Falls, McLean, and small areas of Vienna, Reston, and Herndon.

The Cooper Middle School mission focuses on the nurturing and preparation of our students, helping them to function in the in the 21st century as informed, productive, and responsible citizens.

Cooper Middle School’s vision speaks to the importance it places on students’ participation in a quality education program with levels of challenges that are appropriate to each student’s talents and current levels of understanding. In an environment where these unique talents and interests can be enhanced, each student will aspire to achieve high academic standards.

The Cooper staff believes that every student has a unique range of talents and interests which can and should be challenged and enriched in a stimulating learning environment. High expectations for excellence in character, academics, and leadership are vital in creating this environment. Our school embodies the middle school philosophy which affirms the emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of students.

We are committed to fostering an atmosphere conducive to learning where students and teachers enjoy coming to school. Our goal is to have a school climate that emulates caring, kindness, respect, and responsibility and provides a safe environment free from intimidation and bullying.

Woven throughout the daily education of our students is the strong support from parents and the community. By working collaboratively, we have a greater chance to liberate the talent, genius, and goodness of each child.

Last Updated: 2014-08-18