Step 1. Getting Ready. Ages and Stages!

There are two basic requirements for joining the Cooperative School. There are age requirements for children and involvement requirements for parents.

Child’s age. Children who will turn 2 years old before September 1st are invited to apply to the Bugs (2s/3s) class. Children who will turn 3 years old before September 1st are invited to apply to the Leaves (3s/4s) class. Children who will turn 4 years old before September 1st are invited to apply for the Tracks (4s/5s) class.

Parent involvement. As part of meeting and supporting the cooperative model, parents co-op in their child's class, work on a committee that will support the school, and attend monthly evening meetings. Parents also support the Cooperative School’s flagship fundraiser, The Takoma Park Business Directory & Survival Guide through ad sales, publication, and delivery.

See details about class schedules and tuition rates <here>.

Step 2. Plan Ahead. Attend an Information Session.

We hold three information sessions for your convenience. At these sessions, you will learn more about the school, its curriculum, and the parent experience. There will also be sign-ups for school tours available at the information sessions.

Information sessions and school tours are scheduled for adults only.

Step 3. Submit an Application. 

Applications are submitted online, along with a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $60 ($90 when applying for twins). Applications submitted without the fee will not be considered.

We accept applications throughout the year.

Please copy and save the questions you will find on the first page into a separate document. Take your time answering the questions and then copy and paste your responses into the online form.

Step 4. What’s Next?

Initial admissions decisions are made in early February. Applications will be accepted throughout the year to fill any openings. 

In guiding enrollment decisions, The Cooperative School looks for applicants that will

  • Sustain the School’s parent-participatory model and mission through volunteer service in the classroom and on committees that support the School’s day-to-day operations and growth.

  • Create class rosters that are balanced in age and reflect a diverse community.

Families offered a spot at the school will submit two non-refundable deposits that will go towards next year's tuition payments.