Founded in 1963, the Montclair Cooperative School was the first non-segregated school in the town of Montclair. The Co-op’s founder, Lauretta Freeman, sought to create a school where children of different backgrounds could play and learn together. Grounded in the principles of inclusion, equity, equality and justice, the Co-op has celebrated the rich diversity of its students, families, faculty and staff since its founding. We honor and continue this legacy at the Co-op in everything that we do.
The Co-op continues to prioritize inclusion, equity, equality and justice in its current initiatives:
- Providing comprehensive DEIJB training for Co-op staff.
- Hosting community conversations on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability and social justice as part of our community education efforts.
- Developing a curriculum that exposes children to global world cultures and the history of ancient and contemporary societies with a focus on ‘honest history.’
- Creating student and parent led affinity groups to better support under-represented groups, including the student-led Gay/Straight Alliance and Students of Color Affinity Group and the parent-led Families of Color Affinity Group.
- Advocating for the environment, social justice, and participating in local community service projects.