The Co-Op School
The Co-op School was founded in 2003 by a group of parents who saw the need for a high quality and affordable preschool option in the Clinton Hill and Fort Greene neighborhoods. In nine years the Co-op School has matured from a small, parent-run playgroup to a fully staffed and licensed non-profit school. The Co-op School is a parent-aided organization where “cooperative” means just that: students’ families are responsible for the development, fundraising and maintenance of the school. The Board of Directors is comprised of elected parents. Parents share the responsibility of upholding the school’s guiding principles, facilitated through the elected Board. With the staff, parents and student body, we continuously work towards our ultimate goal of blending community and education, with special attention to honoring our differences.
After residing in two prior homes in Clinton Hill, The Co-op School was thrilled to move into 87 Irving Place in Fall 2009. The facility boasts six classrooms for two and three-year-olds, two rooftop playgrounds, a science room, a library, and a large ground floor recreation room.
In 2011 The Co-op School launched the first kindergarten class of its elementary program in a beautiful building on Brevoort Place. Our new elementary school location at 40 Brevoort Place currently houses a first grade, a kindergarten as well as two pre-k classrooms, a library, woodshop, a rec room, art and music rooms and a rooftop playground. A new grade will be added each year for the next 5 years: second grade in 2013; third grade in 2014; fourth grade in 2015; fifth grade in 2016.
The Co-op School has an executive director, a curriculum director, an office manager, a business director, 32 full-time teachers and a custodian, all full of love and experience. We maintain a 7:1 student to teacher ratio and never fall below the state mandated ratio.
Daily enrichment activities, including Cooking, Music, Art, Woodworking, Show and Tell, and Movement, are taught by our staff.
The Co-op School has a few kindergarten and first grade spots available for Fall 2012! We are still accepting applications for Kindergarten and First Grade at our new Brevoort Place location. Tours are offered the second Wednesday of each month. Click here to find out more.
- Co-op School Kids on Sesame Street! Our students build the letter H — Click here to watch the video.
- We were mentioned in The Wall Street Journal!
- And were on NPR!
- Co-op School was awarded a Red Tricycle Award for Most Awesome Preschool Program!
The Grasshopper Times: Download a newspaper created by our students!