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Cooley Middle School

Cooley Middle School is committed to meeting your child’s individual social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs by providing a positive, creative, and rigorous learning environment.

Cooley Middle School, a top-ranked educational institution in Arizona, provides academically rigorous courses in math, language arts, science, and foreign languages. Courses help students advance to advanced classes in high school by leveraging their abilities.

In addition to challenging academics, we offer a variety of athletic and extracurricular activities to help students connect with other members of the student body.

Cooley Middle School strives to create an environment that fosters growth in each of its students’ lives. In conjunction with academically focused courses. Cooley provides students with opportunities to grow in areas such as leadership, the arts, athletics, and STEM.

Cooley Family History

When asked to name Higley Unified School District’s new middle school campus in Gilbert, students chose a name from Gilbert’s past: Cooley.

For more than 90 years, the Cooley family has farmed in the Southeast Valley. In the 1950s, Eldon and Elona Cooley bought the land on which Cooley Middle School now stands.

Mrs. Cooley attended the dedication ceremony for the school and the Elona P. Cooley Early Child Development Center in September 2013. She related her experience as a student in the 1920s visiting her grandparents in Higley.

Mr. Eldon Cooley’s family history, like his wife’s, is intertwined with Gilbert’s development. On a Gilbert farm, his parents, Freeman and Pearl, raised their eight children. Eldon Cooley began purchasing farms in the Southeast Valley and Arizona in 1941. He did this for 40 years, farming cotton, alfalfa, and grain while also expanding the family’s land holdings.

Eldon and Elona eventually met, married, and raised their six children. Mrs. Cooley stated that all of them graduated from college and that three of them studied education.

The family kept owning and farming the land that is now Cooley Middle School.

Mrs. Cooley, now 92, told students and audience members at the dedication that her husband and sons worked six days a week.

“It was difficult work, but it had to be done.” They, too, left a legacy of productive farms and valuable land.”

She told the story of receiving a call from what was then Williams Air Force Base. The base was a hub for pilot training in the 1960s. Unfortunately, two planes collided and landed in the Cooleys’ fields, killing both pilots.

“They, too, left an imprint. “They died in this field while training to be members of the United States Air Force,” she explained.

The Cooleys watched as the land around the farm transitioned from agriculture to the homes and businesses that now comprise Cooley Station.

Mrs. Cooley continues to live in Mesa, where she and Eldon built their first home 45 years ago.

Mr. Eldon W. Cooley lived in Gilbert and Mesa for 87 years. He was Mayor of Mesa from 1972 to 1976 and held several positions of leadership in his church.

Mr. Cooley died in 2007.

Elona Cooley continues to spend time with her family, which includes 27 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Programs and Services


Student achievement and a good attendance record are strongly linked. As a result, the Higley Schools take attendance seriously and expect parents and students to do the same. You may also be aware that Arizona State law requires a child of school age to attend school on a regular basis. By law, the parent or guardian is responsible for ensuring that the child attends school on a regular basis.

What can you do to help as parents?

Make certain that your child attends school on a daily basis and arrives and departs at the scheduled times. Please do not keep your child from school unnecessarily for birthdays, haircuts, missing the bus, waking up late, or vacations. Please make every effort to schedule appointments and vacations around the school calendar.

When is it appropriate for my child to not attend school?

If your child is ill, it is recommended that you keep them at home for the benefit of your child, as well as their classmates and teachers.

What do I do when my child cannot attend school?

All reasons for student absences must be recorded by the school, according to state law. As a result, if a student is absent, please call the school the morning of or before the day of absence to inform them of the reason for the absence. All unexplained absences will be considered unexplained. To go over the attendance policies in the student handbook.

Facts about Cooley Middle School

Cooley Middle School is a public school in Gilbert, Arizona, which is in a large suburb. Cooley Middle School has a student population of 928 and serves grades 6-8. At Cooley Middle School, 53% of students scored at or above the proficient level in math, and 58% scored at or above the proficient level in reading.

Minority student enrollment at the school is 42 percent. The student-teacher ratio is 22:1, which is higher than the district average.

The student body is divided into 47 percent female students and 53 percent male students. The school has a 22 percent economically disadvantaged student population. There are 43 full-time equivalent teachers and 1 full-time school counselor.

Mesa, Arizona is blessed to be the home of many of the state’s best middle schools.  Here’s a shortlist you should check out: 

  • Santa Maria Middle School
  • Cooley Middle School
  • Self Development Charter School
  • ASU Preparatory Academy- Polytechnic Middle School
  • Heritage Academy Laveen
  • Mesa Arts Academy
  • Imagine Schools East Mesa Elementary and Middle School
  • BASIS Mesa
  • Mesa Distance Learning Program

All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1630 South Stapley Drive, Suite 212 in Mesa, Arizona! Stop by for a visit anytime!


Contact Us

Phoenix Location

7319 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020 | 602-870-9700

Mesa Location

1630 S. Stapley Drive, Suite 212, Mesa, AZ 85204 | 480-985-4000


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