Montclair Cooperative School is a community of learners (nursery through 8th grade) where children are invited to take risks, question, explore, discuss, interpret, and create. We discover ways to apply learning effectively in solving problems and constructing new knowledge. We value diversity and understand that the world is composed of different people, cultures, and ideas. We are cooperative in that everyone – teachers, students, and parents – participates in the educational process. We are progressive in that children learn by building on multi-disciplinary themes and experiences.


Testimonials

“[My child] developed a love of learning for learning’s sake and an understanding that school can be fun and joyful…The Co-op will always hold a special place in our hearts.”
A Co-op Parent
“The Co-op taught me to expect the best from people. I miss the field trips, the community, and the love of learning.”
Maya, Co-op alum
“[My fondest memories include] the overall environment and opportunities provided by my teachers and student-peers in which I was both challenged and supported. It is those times and memories of being a part of the Co-op which I still draw upon to this day in my life and work.”
A Co-op Alum
“Now that he has graduated, it is very easy to see what he gained from being [at the Co-op]: a strong sense of self; an understanding that his participation matters; that he brings value to any school or community he may find himself in, big or small, local or global.”
Co-op Alum Parent
“I remember the Co-op being like my second home. There’s nowhere quite like it.”
Jennifer, Co-op alum, University of Massachusetts Amherst
“We really listen to each other, our classes are small so we want the best for our classmates and we pitch in to solve problems together. I guess we just know that when we do that it makes school a better, happier place for all of us.”
Co-op 7th Grader
“After my daughter spent a day visiting the Co-op she couldn’t understand why she had to finish the year at her previous school.”
A Co-op Parent
“[My fondest memories of the Co-op include] the overall environment and opportunities provided by my teachers and student-peers in which I was both challenged and supported. It is those times and memories of being a part of the Co-op which I still draw upon to this day in my life and work.”
Jonathan, 1995 Co-op alumnus, Licensed professional counselor