Magothy Cooperative Preschool

Magothy Cooperative Preschool has been operating since 1974 as a non-profit, parent operated cooperative preschool.
The classroom and grounds are located adjacent to the historic site of the oldest Methodist Church in Maryland.
The preschool is certified through the Maryland Department of Education as a non-public school and as an early childhood development center.
Magothy Cooperative Preschool is a certified Maryland Green School through MAEOE. Magothy Cooperative Preschool seeks to provide our students a stimulating child-directed environment that encourages creativity, curiosity, self-expression & socialization. The result is a nurtured well-rounded and independent child who has enthusiasm for learning and a positive attitude towards themselves and the world around them.
We integrate environmental education into all of our subjects and promote interaction with the natural world as part of our curriculum and operation.
A preschool program is your child`s first step into the academic world. Our school is an excellent bridge between home and elementary school since your child is learning with their parents` involvement. Subsequently, the cooperative is an excellent way to overcome separation anxiety for both the child and parent. Your child will have the opportunity to express themselves through art, music and academics as they explore our two spacious classrooms with various independent learning centers. As a cooperative school, parents work with the teacher and teacher assistant, guiding their children, watching them grow socially and academically. By helping in the classroom, our parents know their child is getting the best of both worlds-family and school. Students at Magothy Cooperative Preschool benefit from caring, like-minded parents, who share in their learning and growth. With such an important common cause, the adults form lifelong friendships right along side their children. Leaders are made here of both children and parents. Magothy Cooperative offers two year old, two/three year old, three year old, three/four year old and PreK classes.

School Overview

School TypeEarly Childhood / Day Care
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-Prekindergarten
Year Founded1974

Student Body

Total Students89 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Music Together, Yoga

School Notes

Our school is proud to have a great student to teacher ratio with a Teacher, a Teacher Assistant and a Helping Parent in every classroom. All classes are under 16 children. Magothy Cooperative Preschool has Four Spaces for Learning: our Inspiration & Reflection Room, Imagination & Creation Room, the Outdoor CLassroom, and the Music & Movement Room. Our children rotate through the rooms and use Discovery Time to explore our many Learning Centers. Magothy Cooperative Preschool is an official Music Together school.  We also offer extracurricular activities including monthly enrichment trips that reinforce and build upon our themes and experiences, as well as many social events and guest speakers.  

Furry Friends,Two year old class (child must be 2 by 9/1/18).

  • Class size of 8-10.
  • Tuition is $64 per month.
  • Meets Fridays 9:45am-11:45am.
  • Focus on being part of a group and play.
Froggy Friends,Two/Three year old class (child must be 3 by 3/31/19)
  • Class size of 10.
  • Tuition is $122 per month.
  • Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15am-11:45am.
  • Focus on social skills, school readiness & play.
Fauna Friends,Three year old class. (child must be 3 by 9/1/18)
  • Class size of 10.
  • Tuition is $133 per month.
  • Meets Monday and Wednesdays 9:15am -12:15pm.
  • Focus on social skills, school readiness & play.
Flora Friends, Three year old class. (child must be 3 by 9/1/18)
  • Class size of 10.Tuition is $122 per month.
  • Meets Monday and Wednesdays 12:30pm -3:00pm.
  • Focus on social skills, school readiness & play.
Finned Friends, Three/Four year old class. (child must be 4 by 3/31/19)
  • Class size of 14-15.
  • Tuition is $202 per month.
  • Meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 12:00pm-3:00pm.
  • Focus on social skills, school readiness, play, exploration, beginning phonemic awareness and beginning writing.
Feathered Friends, Pre K (child must be 4 by 9/1/18)
  • Class size of 16-17.
  • Tuition is $292 per month.
  • Meets Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30am-2:30pm & Fridays 9:30am-12:00pm.
  • Focus on social skills, school readiness, play, exploration, phonemic awareness, Handwriting Without Tears program, introduction to sight words, journal writing and beginning math skills.
Flying Friends, Pre K (child must be 4 by 9/1/18)
  • Class size of 16-17.
  • Tuition is $292 per month.
  • Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30am-2:30pm & Fridays 12:15pm-2:45pm.
  • Focus on social skills, school readiness, play, exploration, phonemic awareness, Handwriting Without Tears program, introduction to sight words, journal writing and beginning math skills.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
This is our third year at Magothy, and I''ll be so sad next year when we are done. My oldest was well prepared here for kindergarten, and is thriving. She's starting to read while her kindergarten homework is still working on their letters! My youngest is in one of the 3yo classes and adores it. But honestly, I feel this school was better for ME than for them. We moved to the area and I knew no one. Magothy has brought me into a fantastic community of like-minded moms who I have really enjoyed getting to know. I love that I get to work in the classroom and that we really know the parents, the teachers, and the director. I can understand that some moms don't have the time to dedicate to a co-operative school, but if you can, it's great! In addition, when we have children who have a harder time adjusting to a preschool routine, I have watched Magothy work hard with the parents and children to help their kids. The teachers truly love their job, and it shows every time we are there.
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My daughter and son are both students at Magothy, and are beyond excited and thrilled each day they go to school. Magothy offers a great deal towards all of the families and students, encouraging community building, parent education, monthly enrichment trips for the students and additional things for the students such as Music Together and Magothy also introduced yoga. Magothy offers so much to it's students and parents, it's a wonderful experience for children.
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Our son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum right before transitioning him into the 4yr old program. The teachers and director at Magothy worked closely with me to make sure my son had a great start to his school year and educated themselves on his diagnosis. When the county occupational therapist came to review my son's progress she had nothing but positive things to say about Magothy's curriculum and how well the teachers adapt to each of the student's needs so easily. I highly recommend Magothy for anyone who is looking for a great preschool and a wonderful community of parents and teachers. Our younger child will be enrolled as soon as he's 2.
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