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.
Follow along with our eight grade students as they blog their travels through the Republic of Ecuador.
“A Place of Joy, Learning, and Achievement.”
Incoming Head of School, Namita Tolia, gave an inspiring speech to Co-op families outlining her vision for the future. Read an excerpt here.
[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
The Co-op fostered a love of learning for its own sake and a sense that learning in the classroom connected intimately with learning in everyday life.
Both my sons are better people for having attended the Co-op. They value learning for its own sake and they expect and give respect to people not because for status but because of who the person is.A Co-op Parent
The Co-op has taught me lifelong skills like how to work with other people, understanding other people’s perspectives, advocating for myself and speaking up and speaking out. These skills will help me throughout my post grad and professional career.A Co-op Alumus
The Co-op has helped my child go on to high school well-adjusted (comfortable with herself), articulate, engaging, and confident. She loves learning and maintains an open mind and heart.A Co-op Parent
What I learned at and with the Co-op has been a part of every step I have taken since. It has taught me how to be creative, inquisitive, methodical, cooperative.A Co-op Alumnus
I see myself as an active participant in the world. I have a responsibility to be a part of creating positive change. The Coop nurtured in me both the commitment to acknowledge and take that responsibility seriously and the skills to collaborate with others to take action.A Co-op Alumna
[The Co-op taught me] that unity is always bred in diversity and because of that we should look to unite based on differences and similarities alike.A Co-op Alumnus
The Coop encouraged me to listen, to be an observer and a collaborator, as well as a “doer”.A Co-op Alumna
Not only did the Co-op do an excellent job teaching the skills I would use in school for the rest of my life, it taught me from a young age that learning could be fun.A Co-op Alumnus