The school year begins in September and ends in early June and follows the Montgomery County Public Schools with respect to holidays and emergency school closures. 

Our School is part time. It’s a school, not a daycare. This is an important distinction. Our teachers hold degrees in education. Families organize supplemental care and carpools so their children have access to this educational experience that connects children with nature, protects their time to play, fills their world with art and a strong foundation for learning.

Nursery School Daily Schedule

Age (by September 1st) Schedule Class Name
2s/3s Th, F 9:00–11:30 Bugs
3s/4s M-W 8:30–11:30 Leaves
4s/5s M-F noon–3:00 Tracks

What Happens Each Day?

Every age group engages in a whole child, play-based curriculum unique to our Cooperative School. Over the course of each week, the schedule includes daily story times, circle meetings, and family-style snacks as well as individualized learning in art, science, math, and literacy. The children enjoy the support of professional music and movement teachers. The program includes scaffolded social dramatic play. The classes go outside every day in every weather for forty-five minutes. Forest days and campfires are regular features of the older class programs.

Monthly Tuition for the 2018-2019 School Year

Class Name Bi-Weekly Co-oping Weekly Co-oping Annual Program Fee
Bugs (2s/3s) $ 237 n/a $ 106
Leaves (3s/4s) $ 380 $ 293
(limited options)
$ 158
Tracks (4s/5s) $ 614
(limited options)
$ 494 $ 264

Planning ahead: Tuition increases are voted on by the membership each year in April. Increases then take effect in the following school year. Tuition increases range from 3% to 5%.

Program Overview for the Parent Participation Nursery School Program (The Cooperative School)

The Cooperative School’s distinctive brand of progressive education rests on two pillars—attracting creative, innovative, professionally trained educators, and welcoming and guiding engaged parents.

Our staff consists of a School Director/Lead Teacher, who also leads the 3-4 and 4-5 year old classes, a lead teacher for the 2-3 year old class, and contracted teachers for music and movement. Our teachers hold higher degrees and are regularly engaged in enriching and improving their practices.

Parents are trained to work, or “co-op,” in their child's classroom on a bi-weekly or weekly basis. Parents are required to attend monthly membership meetings, which feature training sessions, assume administrative roles essential to the School’s operation, and participate in our fundraising efforts.

Summer Camp Program (Tink)

Tinkering at the Cooperative School, known as Tink, is scheduled for five week-long sessions in the Summer. It does not require co-oping. Tink is designed for elementary school-age children, current kindergarteners through 5th grade, Registration opens at 9:00am on Saturday, February 9, 2019.

 The cost of 5-day Tink session is $300/week.

Tink Session I June 17 – June 21
Tink Session II June 24 – June 28
Tink Session III July 8 – July 12
Tink Session IV July 15 – July 19
Tink Session V July 22 – July 26