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School History

Cooper Academy at Navarro is a non-traditional dropout prevention and recovery high school named after James Fenimore Cooper (author of The Last of the Mohicans) and located in the historical buildings named after Texas statesman, Jose Antonio Navarro.  The three oldest Navarro buildings date back from 1886, 1892 and 1902.  In the past the buildings served as an elementary and a middle school before becoming a high school.

Cooper Academy at Navarro serves students between the ages of 15 -25 who have previously dropped out or who are at risk of not completing high school with their cohort.  Here students are given the opportunity to complete their remaining coursework, enabling them to attain their high school diplomas.  The school has three satellite classrooms located at Jefferson United Methodist church, Sam Houston High School and Charles C. Ball Academy to expand its reach and serve more students.

Cooper Academy at Navarro provides support and educational opportunities to students who find themselves lost in their journey to completing high school.  The teachers and staff at Cooper Academy at Navarro provide these students a second chance to achieve success..  The school motto, “My past is not my future,” exemplifies the spirit of our Cooper students.


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