• Cooley Is An "A" Rated School

    Cooley Parents and Community Members,

    The State of Arizona recently released school rankings.  These rankings, or letter grades, have been calculated differently than years past.  Middle school calculations were based on how well students scored on statewide assessments (AzMerit/AIMS) as well as overall improvement of individual student scores on AzMerit from previous years.  Cooley Middle School continues to show proficiency in all Arizona state assessments:  percentage above the state average in Math, percentage above the state average in English Language Arts, and percentage above charter schools in both Math and English Language Arts.  Growth was also displayed, showing the percentage of students that went from partially proficient to proficient and to proficient to highly proficient.

    I am proud to let you know that Cooley Middle School received an “A” rating.  I cannot express enough how proud I am of the Cooley students, teachers, staff, and community members.  This is something that we should all take great pride in, as this is a tremendous accomplishment.

    I believe one of the most basic principles of a successful education is promoting student achievement. My personal goal is to be the best middle school in the state and to oversee a campus which develops young people into ambitious, highly successful, happy, and resilient young adults.  In addition to this, I want to provide your son or daughter with a challenging academic curriculum coupled with an unwavering supportive foundation that values the strength and talent of each individual.  We also want to make learning enjoyable, both socially and emotionally, as we prepare students for their high school journey. Personally speaking, I believe this can all be witnessed daily in walking our campus hallways.

    Even with our “A” rating, in continuing with our Growth Mindset philosophy, Mr. Keith and I have reviewed the data provided, and adjustments have been made where we feel will most be beneficial to students.  Our focus will remain on our teachers working together in professional learning communities, making data driven decisions, and incorporating student-centered learning activities into daily instruction. This will help maximize student learning and growth, and more importantly, your student’s readiness for high school and beyond.  

    Striving to be the top middle school in the state of Arizona will continue to be our goal.  We greatly value and appreciate your partnership.


    Shawn Varner

    Principal, Cooley Middle School