History

Throughout its history and growth, University Cooperative School has remained true to its founding roots in progressive, child-centered education with an emphasis on social and emotional development, creativity and the arts, engaging academics, outdoor and environmental learning, and service learning.
1975 University Cooperative School was founded by Ladell Black to provide a progressive, child-centered approach to kindergarten during a year when Seattle Public Schools cut arts programs and considered eliminating kindergarten.
1976 Teacher Louise Lipnick joined the school.
1977 University Co-op expanded into a multi-age, K–2 program, headed by Louise Lipnick.
2000 The school expanded again to include a 3rd–5th grade, multi-age pod, headed by teacher Jim Riley.
2002 The school purchased and renovated our building at 5601 University Way near Cowen Park in the north University District neighborhood.
2003 The school moved into its new permanent home.
2006 The school hires its first administrator.
2007 The school refinanced its building loan, obtaining funding in state bonds.
2009 Teacher Louise Lipnick retired after 32 years of service.
2010 The school remodeled to expand its library, art room, and kitchen.
2013 The school remodeled to add a music room and gymnasium.