About The Co-op

Welcome & Mission

The Montclair Cooperative School is a community of students, teachers, and parents who are dedicated to creating a diverse and nurturing environment where children flourish intellectually and where they develop exceptional social skills along with a deep sense of community responsibility.

What is a Co-op

At the Co-op teachers, parents, and administrators work together to create a rich and rewarding educational environment. At the heart of the Co-op’s success is the sense of community which permeates all aspects of Co-op life.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

We are a collaborative group of parents, teachers, administrators, students and alumni who confront issues of race, gender, equity, power and privilege; provide tools for growth and effective communication; steward school policies, by-laws, structures and processes that demonstrate our commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and justice in order to foster a culture of accountability and belonging.

Fast Facts

Many families who visit the Co-op for the first time have questions about progressive education and about our structure as a Co-op. Here we answer the most frequently asked questions. We are always available to answer any questions you may have at admissions@montclaircoop.org

Faculty & Staff

Introducing the Co-op Faculty and Staff: Some of our teachers have taught at the Co-op for many years and some for a lesser time, but all are dedicated to the ideal of progressive education, where challenging academics, social education, hands-on projects and creative expression through the arts are the mainstays of each classroom.

Co-op Governance

Governance of the school is carried out by the Board of Trustees, in accordance with the school’s by-laws. The Board, with the Head of School’s input, safeguards the school’s mission and fiscal health, and plays a leadership role in its strategic direction.


The Montclair Cooperative School opened its door in 1963 to two groups of three- and four-year-old children, the first interracial, inter-economic, interfaith nursery school in Montclair. It quickly expanded through 6th grade, becoming one of a handful of progressive, cooperative elementary schools nationwide. The Co-op’s final expansion came in 2004 with when a seventh grade and the following year an eighth grade were added.