Montclair Cooperative School

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  • 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.

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Montclair Cooperative School places among the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for:

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1963

Student Body

Total Students204 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
21%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Montclair Cooperative School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size18 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,000
Tuition NotesTuition is charged according to grade level.
% on Financial Aid
10%
Admissions DirectorAna Younghusband

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.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Montclair
    Grades: PK-12 | 1054 students
    0.5 miles
    201 Valley Road
    Montclair, NJ 07042
    (973) 746-9800
    0.5 PK-12
    1054
  • Short Hills
    Grades: NS-8 | 224 students
    7.5 miles
    52 Great Hills Road
    Short Hills, NJ 07078
    (973) 379-3442
    7.5 NS-8
    224
  • Montclair
    Grades: PK-8 | 254 students
    1.5 miles
    190 Lorraine Ave
    Montclair, NJ 07043
    (973) 746-1636
    1.5 PK-8
    254
  • Bloomfield
    Grades: NS-8 | 272 students
    1.9 miles
    50 Byrd Ave
    Bloomfield, NJ 07003
    (973) 338-8505
    1.9 NS-8
    272
  • Livingston
     Aquinas Academy
    Aquinas Academy Photo - Faith in Every Student's Future and Commitment to Excellence in Education
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 277 students
    6.2 miles
    388 South Livingston Avenue
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 992-1587
    6.2 PK-8
    277

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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The average private school tuition in New Jersey is $9,593 for elementary schools and $18,704 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New Jersey is 79% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).