A Cooper Cowboy C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Achievement, Respect, Enthusiasm, Success)
Cooper provides a safe, positive, and engaging environment which encourages all students to achieve their personal best, to become responsible and productive citizens with a goal of life-long learning.
The Cooper Community ensures quality learning opportunities for all students to achieve their college, career and personal goals.
- Every child can and will learn
- Every child should feel safe
- Learning should be fun, engaging and hands-on for all students
- Students should be excited about learning
At Cooper we will increase reading achievement through direct instruction, purposeful intervention and support to students that results in a 5% gain as evidenced on OSTP MAP, and RI data.
At Cooper we will increase math achievement through direct instruction and small group support to students that results in a 5% gain as evidenced on OSTP and MAP data.
Increase family and community engagement by providing opportunities for relationships and collaboration to improve meaningful partnerships to support and families as evidenced by increased volunteerism.
Two-Way Dual Language Program
Students in our two-way dual language program, which now includes kindergarten and pre-k, will receive instruction in both English and Spanish while learning how to speak in two different native languages. Bilingual children who are educated in a second language have shown to outperform single language children in their native language. Bilingualism also increases brain cognition by utilizing the highest levels of thinking, focus, and awareness.
Families value the opportunities to engage with Cooper Elementary, and we never want language to be a barrier. Bilingual staff as well as our Parent Involvement Facilitator ensure Spanish-speaking families feel connected through translated newsletters, emails and letters in addition to being on call to answer any questions. Our five English Language Development (ELD) teachers provide additional support for native Spanish-speaking students both one-on-one and inside the classroom. Click here to learn more.
Cooper Elementary School was named in 1966 after James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), when the city of Tulsa was rapidly growing. James F. Cooper was born in New Jersey in 1789 and was the descendant of James Cooper, who immigrated to the American colonies in 1679. His father, William Cooper, founded Cooperstown, New York, and also served as a U.S. Congressman. Cooper wrote his wrote his first book due to a wager with his wife. Many of his writings were inspired by his travels. His most famous novel was The Last of the Mohicans.
Cooper offered progressive ideas about racial and cultural tolerance and equality. His ideals about multiculturalism--that individuals of different racial and cultural upbringing can be allies as well as equals--mirror many of the values.
Cooper Elementary Principal Ginger Page
Principal Ginger Page has worked in public education for 18 years and has spent the last six years with Team Tulsa as an assistant principal and principal.
Principal Page served as principal at Wright Elementary for the past three years. Prior to her time at Wright, she served three and a half years as an assistant principal at both the elementary and secondary levels. During her twelve years in the classroom, Ms. Page taught grades 6-12 English, Spanish, grades K-3 reading intervention, alternative education, and served as both a district English Language Development coordinator and teacher for grades K-12.