Dear Families,

Let’s face it, children spend a large part of their day at school. If school is not a joyful, nurturing, and engaging place where children thrive, then—really—what is the point?

I can tell you, both as the school’s operations manager and as a parent who has had two children attend University Cooperative School, that this is an environment in which children truly thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. And what’s more, children absolutely love going to school here. This is a place where there is a great deal of respect for and honoring of individuality, a place where social and emotional learning and the creative arts are given equal footing with academics. University Co-op students graduate from our school with a strong sense of self, a passion for learning, and compassion for others. We feel that these are the greatest gifts to have for the middle school years and beyond.

People often ask me what kind of students we look for at University Co-op. We are primarily looking for children whose families understand the benefits of a progressive, hands on, multi-age approach to learning, who want to participate in a cooperative school community, and who believe, as we do, that childhood is a journey and not a race. I encourage you to attend an open house, schedule a school visit, and contact me with any questions that you have about the school or the admissions process.

I look forward to meeting you!

Jeanne Garland
Operations Manager
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