Montclair Cooperative School Celebrates 50 Years!

“Come back to the Co-op!”

Founded in 1963, Montclair Cooperative School has enjoyed a long and rich history of providing a unique, high quality, progressive education to a diverse group of students.

As the first nonsectarian and interracial school in Montclair, the Co-op consists of a passionate group of students, teachers, staff and families dedicated to providing a nurturing environment where children thrive socially, emotionally and academically.

True to its founding philosophy, the Co-op is rooted in a tradition of advocacy and community service that is still very relevant today. As a Montclair institution for the past 50 years, we have made an impact not only in our surrounding community but around the world by building relationships with many organizations through our community service efforts and cooperative spirit.

Generations of Co-op families find themselves returning to our school because “it feels like home”. In our charming building, you will find happy kids excited to learn as well as innovative, master teachers delivering a challenging curriculum while staying attuned to their students’ diverse learning needs. It is this inspiring environment that facilitates a love of learning and helps our students “find their voice”. Our faculty and staff warmly embrace our former students, families and friends as they return to the Co-op time and time again.

So many amazing students, families, staff and teachers have passed through our doors over the last 50 years and supported our development in becoming the great school we are today. Their connection with our school’s past is integral to our success. We are still going strong and looking forward to the next 50 years being just as vibrant and rewarding as the first 50 years.

Join us at the Co-op and see for yourself our great community of teachers, students and families as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Check out our list of events below and contact Carolyn Sharaway, Director of Development, at or 973.783.4955, ext.212 with any questions.

List of 50th Anniversary Celebration Events:

Bookapalooza! 2013: Our second annual week-long book fair took place on October 4th and 5th and was once again a huge success. Click here for more details.

Pub Quiz Night: Join us for a fun night of libations and trivia at a local pub on Friday, November 22, 2013. More details to come.

Second annual Winter Blues Dance Party: Saturday, January, 18th , 2014 we will enjoy live music in our Annex where our favorite Co-op bands will be playing amazing cover songs and original music. This event was amazing last year and is not to be missed. There will be a small cover charge. More details to come.

Annual Benefit Event: Saturday, March 29th, 2014. Our biggest fundraising event of the year is a great party held at the Women’s Club of Upper Montclair. There will be a raffle, live and silent auction, music, dancing and great food. Mark your calendar, put on your favorite party dress and get a baby sitter! Don’t miss it!