Montclair Cooperative School is an independent, non-profit, co-educational school committed to experiential learning located in Montclair, New Jersey.
The school enrolls approximately 175 children from nursery through eighth grade.
Founded in 1963, it is one of a handful of cooperative schools nationwide.
Each year we graduate poised, articulate, empathetic, creative, and intellectually flexible young adults who enter the finest private and public secondary schools in the area, the strongest evidence for the positive impact of our program.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 156 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,000
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
1963

Student Body

Total Students
156 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
33%
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
Montclair Cooperative School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size
16 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition is charged according to grade level.
% on Financial Aid
12%
Admissions Director
Philip Ferrara

School Notes

  • The Montclair Cooperative School is a community of learners (Nursery through 8th Grade) in which children are invited to take risks, question, explore, discuss, interpret, and create. They 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 arecooperative 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.  The Montclair Cooperative School is a community of students, teachers, and parents who are dedicated to creating a nurturing environment where children flourish intellectually and where they develop exceptional social skills along with a deep sense of community responsibility.
Profile last updated: 04/01/2022

School Reviews

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At the Coop, the children get a lot of individualized attention and the community is small and warm. The curriculum is thematic and project-based; very creative and focused on values like community and caring for the earth. My kid just loves going to school every day! She learned to write in PreK and read in K because she's so motivated by the fun teachers and involved projects. They do dramatic play, keep journals, build with blocks, garden, paint, and papier-mache.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 156 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,000
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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