Andrew Cooke Magnet School celebrated its 90th birthday in September of 2007. The doors opened in September 1917. At that time the enrollment was 513 students in kindergarten through 8th grade, with a staff of 23 teachers and one principal. School hours were from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Although the school hours and enrollment currently remain much the same, at present, our staff has grown to 30 and our school houses kindergarten through 5th grade, including 5 self-contained special education classes.
In the late 1970s, in order to comply with state and federal desegregation guidelines, the Community Advisory Council began operation and a Task Force of Desegregation was appointed. A year later, their recommendations were accepted, the planning of a Magnet School began, and in 1980 Cooke became a Magnet School.
Today, Andrew Cooke Magnet School is a fine arts center for the environment, technology and science. We are dedicated to enhancing the core curriculum through the integration of fine arts and technology. The arts program provides the opportunity for students to develop skills and understanding in drama, art, choral, instrumental music, and dance. Students interested in the sciences will enjoy the science lab and greenhouse. There are many opportunities to investigate and expand horizons in both the arts and the academic areas. Our staff is committed to meeting the individual needs of all students by addressing unique learning styles of each individual, and by providing a literature-rich environment. Teachers are dedicated to helping children recognize and develop their gifts and talents. To be considered for admission to Cooke Magnet program, students must be performing academically at or above grade level, and should have an interest in the fine arts.
Research demonstrates that schools make greater academic gains when they simultaneously build a school-wide positive social culture. As a result, Andrew Cooke Magnet School has implemented a state supported program of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This program stresses consistent correction of aberrant behavior.