University Cooperative School parents are a dedicated group of people who play an active and
pivotal role within our community. We welcome and rely on our parent involvement. Their generous
giving of time, talents and treasure are invaluable.
Expectations and rewards in the classroom
Parents work in the classroom for one shift (3 to 5 hours) for half the school year, or every
other week for the entire school year.
Striking it rich
U Co-op parents experience a richness to their lives from spending time with a
host of amazing children. Parents get to know the students as their children’s friends,
and they get to know and admire them as individuals.
Parents perform a school job that suits their interests, skills, and availability.
Only one job is required regardless of how many children a family has at the school. There
is a wide range of jobs with various time commitments and responsibilities; examples include
positions in leadership, administration, information technology, health and safety,
facilities maintenance, and fundraising.
Home away from home
U Co-op parents feel as familiar with and comfortable at the school as their children
do. Parents may work in the school or pass through during the day, and are always welcome in the building.
Tuition alone does not cover all of the expenses involved in educating a U Co-op School
student. We rely on fundraising to bridge this gap. All families are expected to participate in the
school’s two main fundraising events: the annual fund and auction.
Parents are expected to attend monthly meetings and participate in facilities maintenance. There
are many additional opportunities to volunteer for field trips, help with school projects, and
participate in community events, to whatever extent works for an individual family.
Parents reap the benefits of sharing the journey of parenting with others. There is a spirit of
helping, caring, and sharing among families. Friendships that last a lifetime begin at University