Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Academy was established in 1999 as an elementary magnet school, kindergarten through fifth grade, dedicated to legal studies and community service.  The curriculum provides a unique opportunity for students to become exposed to several areas of law, trial advocacy, literature, and technology.  Through this exposure, students develop techniques for resolving conflicts, improve speaking, writing, and analytical skills in a logical order.

The community service component provides students with the opportunity to build self-confidence, develop social responsibility, and create mentoring partnerships with community agencies.

Throughout the years, the learning community of Cochran Academy (teachers, parents and staff) have worked together to create a learner centered culture that promotes excellence from the students, staff and community.

Our school has achieved significant improvement through engaging in the following:

·           Setting high expectations and standards

·           Demanding content and instruction that ensures student achievement

·           Creating a culture of adult learning

·           Using multiple sources of data as diagnostic tools

·           Actively engaging the community

Our strong home/school component has also contributed to the following awards:

·    2015-    Award Winning New Jersey State Mock Trial Team- Honorable Mention

  ​  2013 – Award Winning New Jersey State Mock Trial Team – First Place

·    2010 – Award Winning New Jersey State Mock Trial Team – First Place

·    2009 – Award Winning New Jersey State Mock Trial Team – First Place

Our unique school theme of “Legal Studies and Community Service” continues to excel.  Our goal is to produce students that will not only apply existing laws, but will have the knowledge and skills to improve upon them.  Every classroom is involved in a community service project. The service projects aid in promoting comradeship, goodwill, developing pride,  and creating a commitment to preserving our neighborhoods and beyond. We would like for our students to ultimately take ownership of their city with pride and dignity.

“Your Commitment Leads To Our Success”